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Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:39 am
by KJ Christopher
Aaron Goldsmith wrote:
George Schilling wrote:I haven't been to San Diego since the tour last year. What prices and areas have you guys been winning with? Has the Sorrento Mesa area gone up in price or is it still around $40?


I was trying last month and had a ton of trouble getting anything near the prices from last year, i'll have to give it a go again soon.

$40 didn't work this am.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:34 am
by Brian Peters
FWIW, I secured the Sorrento Mesa Country Inn for this weekend at a $60 bid.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:29 pm
by Arthur Grant
Brian Peters wrote:FWIW, I secured the Sorrento Mesa Country Inn for this weekend at a $60 bid.



I am missing something. If you name your own price, how do you select your hotel?

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:00 pm
by Aaron Goldsmith
Arthur Grant wrote:
Brian Peters wrote:FWIW, I secured the Sorrento Mesa Country Inn for this weekend at a $60 bid.



I am missing something. If you name your own price, how do you select your hotel?


You don't, that's the tradeoff.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:02 pm
by Kurt Rahn
What you can choose is the general location and quality of the hotels.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:53 pm
by Arthur Grant
Ok with some trepidation I followed suit used priceline and bid $62. Got the Country Inn & Suites Sorrento Mesa. When I travel, I usually stay at either Marriott, Hilton, worst case a Holiday in Express, unless it's Vegas in which case I stay at the Encore. So hopefully this will be at least equal to a Holiday Inn Express. Then again the company is usually picking up the tab.

Anything unique about the National Tour event, different from the standare Autocross that I should be aware of, besides intensity and size?

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:15 am
by Rick Brown
Arthur Grant wrote:Ok with some trepidation I followed suit used priceline and bid $62. Got the Country Inn & Suites Sorrento Mesa. When I travel, I usually stay at either Marriott, Hilton, worst case a Holiday in Express, unless it's Vegas in which case I stay at the Encore. So hopefully this will be at least equal to a Holiday Inn Express. Then again the company is usually picking up the tab.

Anything unique about the National Tour event, different from the standare Autocross that I should be aware of, besides intensity and size?

Must use 2 digit number which only has to be unique to your class. You run in numerical order within your class, you are assigned a specific grid spot, there is impound after all runs in your group (where you open up your car for others to check over), usually in your grid spot and you can't leave until results come out. There are two grids, one for the running group and one for the next group up. If you are not in grid when the runs start, you lose that run. You have to have a required set of stickers on your car. All I can think of at the moment.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:28 am
by Arthur Grant
Ok so the National will run like last years Pro. Cool, plus I should have the chance to weigh my car again.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:22 pm
by Aaron Goldsmith
Those booking rooms for Nationals, the run days are posted.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:58 pm
by Sebastian Rios
What star level are you guys bidding for in SD?

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:46 pm
by George Schilling
Sebastian Rios wrote:What star level are you guys bidding for in SD?


I haven't bid yet, but I would be reluctant to go below 3*.

BTW folks, if Priceline doesn't work out, be sure to check out Hotwire. Prices aren't as low, but you have more information about the hotel before you buy.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:52 am
by Aaron Goldsmith
I couldn't get a hotel at any significant savings in the area around the stadium using priceline. SD is nice since you can try a ton of times using the priceline tricks. I eventually just booked a place direct.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:17 pm
by Giovanni Jaramillo
George:

I had to read some of this thread as I always use Orbitz and just a get 2 * Star hotel for when I go down to SD for the BMWCCA events, but I stayed at the Marriott which is 2 miles away from the stadium. Great hotel but $130 a night. So I just tried PRICELINE. Bid $60...........and BINGO! Add the $15 tax and still I get a 3.5 star hotel for 2 * Star Hotel price :)

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:08 am
by George Schilling
Giovanni Jaramillo wrote:George:

I had to read some of this thread as I always use Orbitz and just a get 2 * Star hotel for when I go down to SD for the BMWCCA events, but I stayed at the Marriott which is 2 miles away from the stadium. Great hotel but $130 a night. So I just tried PRICELINE. Bid $60...........and BINGO! Add the $15 tax and still I get a 3.5 star hotel for 2 * Star Hotel price :)


Nice :thumbup:

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:33 pm
by Steve Towers
Over time I've heard negatives about staying on Hotel Circle. Just how bad is it? Who's had problems? What kind?

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:23 pm
by George Schilling
I did my hotel shopping for the tour today. Here's my post from the site I share info with:

Started at $40 and used free bids @ $42 and $45 before this hit. Another option I was considering was a Hotwire selection @ $52 in Kearney Mesa. Probably the Holiday Inn Express. I like this hotel better. The best free breakfast in town by far. Free internet. Nice lounge. Chili's restaurant steps away in the parking lot. What's not to like? :thumbup:

Country Inn And Suites San Diego North 3 Star
Sorrento Mesa
5975 Lusk Boulevard
San Diego, California 92121
858-558-1818

Check-In Date:
Fri, Apr 1, 2011 / After 03:00 PM

Check-Out Date:
Sun, Apr 3, 2011 / 12:00 PM

Amenities: Remote control TV w/ premium channels Radio Alarm Clock Business services Telephone w/ voicemail Iron and ironing board Hairdryer 24 hour front desk On-site Dining

Your Offer Price..........................................$48.00

Subtotal...................................................$96.00

Taxes & Fees.............................................$20.60

Total Charges............................................$116.60

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:46 pm
by Steve Towers
FWIW - Just about the time George posted his winning bid, I bid $49 for *** in Sorrento Mesa and got turned down. It's a crapshoot.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:42 pm
by Arthur Grant
Aaron Goldsmith wrote:I couldn't get a hotel at any significant savings in the area around the stadium using priceline. SD is nice since you can try a ton of times using the priceline tricks. I eventually just booked a place direct.



What priceline tricks?

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:46 pm
by Arthur Grant
Steve Towers wrote:FWIW - Just about the time George posted his winning bid, I bid $49 for *** in Sorrento Mesa and got turned down. It's a crapshoot.



He did much better than I did, since I payed $62 for the same hotel, and since I bought the cancellation insurance (hedge against work calling) I was substaintially higher. That being said based on listed rates, I don't feel I got a bad deal. Especially if the breakfast is as good as George says it is, and it is actually served early enough for us to get to the event on time.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:52 am
by George Schilling
Steve Towers wrote:FWIW - Just about the time George posted his winning bid, I bid $49 for *** in Sorrento Mesa and got turned down. It's a crapshoot.


The $48 number is a good one for that hotel. Be patient until more rooms are released at that rate or try the Hotwire tip I gave you.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:54 am
by George Schilling
Arthur Grant wrote:
Aaron Goldsmith wrote:I couldn't get a hotel at any significant savings in the area around the stadium using priceline. SD is nice since you can try a ton of times using the priceline tricks. I eventually just booked a place direct.



What priceline tricks?


Art, go to betterbidding.com and you can read all about the tips and tricks to getting the lowest price hotel rooms. Please support the site by using the links to Hotwire and Priceline.

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:16 pm
by Mako Koiwai
Typically with Priceline, "name your price," we get excellent hotels but seemingly never at Hotel Circle ... which is right next to Qualcomm. But always close enough to Qualcomm, 10, 15 minutes away

I like the idea of the good breakfast at George's hotel!

(Me ... 10 nights in Ridgecrest at the Carriage Inn! Shooting CHEVY at Inyokern Airport)

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:29 pm
by Arthur Grant
Mako to wrote:Typically with Priceline, "name your price," we get excellent hotels but seemingly never at Hotel Circle ... which is right next to Qualcomm. But always close enough to Qualcomm, 10, 15 minutes away

I like the idea of the good breakfast at George's hotel!

(Me ... 10 nights in Ridgecrest at the Carriage Inn! Shooting CHEVY at Inyokern Airport)


Work is always a good thing. :)

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:18 pm
by Sebastian Rios
03/07/11 Priceline: 3 Stars $55; got me the same hotel as George for the tour.

Must remember to set deadbolt...

Re: Perpetual Hotel for Event Thread (priceline, etc)

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:04 pm
by George Schilling
Sebastian Rios wrote:03/07/11 Priceline: 3 Stars $55; got me the same hotel as George for the tour.

Must remember to set deadbolt...


Party Saturday night in Seb and Shauna's room. :gpower: