France: On The Road
Paris, the city of love and a thousand other clichés, still holds a certain mystic. But no matter how many written words this great city has commanded - however familiar this town may appear - Paris will always remain an enigma, a magnet for millions of visitors from around the world.
Save Money by Bidding on Hotel Rooms
Rick Archer sat down with Don Nadeau, the president of BidonTravel.com, which provides Priceline bidding advice.
DN: You'll save a lot of money.
When you can plan your U.S. travel well in advance, Priceline may not be your best bet.
That's easy and you don't have to get up at 4:00 a.m.
RA: Sure, but I don't want to stay in some crummy place.
And, over a few days, you'll save hundreds of dollars.
Priceline hotel savings average some 40 percent over these sites.
RA: What about location?
RA: So would it be correct to assume that if there's a big event going on in the area and hotels are heavily booked, rooms won't be available through Priceline?
Groups can book large blocks of rooms at hotels, then find out not as many are traveling, and release some rooms back to hotels. I once got a Priceline discount at the headquarters hotel of a huge medical convention at the last minute.
First, bid on three or four-star hotels. That's where the real savings are.
com. Knowledge is power, and that way you won't overbid.
Third, find out what Hotwire.com charges.
com, though, if you want to refine this process to maximize your savings.
RA: What if I still overpay?
Also, you'll usually end up with a standard room. At some hotels, these may not be large enough for more than two people.
RA: What about smoking or nonsmoking?
When using Priceline or other online sites, I usually call the hotel directly to make sure it has me on its nonsmoking list. I also try not to show up too late, when the hotel may have run out of certain types of rooms.
An extensive world traveler, Don Nadeau, president of BidonTravel.com, taught world geography for many years in both Canada and the United States, and developed the first high school level Urban Studies program in the U.S.Don loves helping people travel "on the cheap," and frequently uses the advice found in BidonTravel to make his own trips more affordable.
By: Rick Archer
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