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The Good News: You Got a Good Deal on Hotwire; The Bad News...

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  Site Where: 450 Powell Street at Sutter [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
July 7, 2009 at 6:04 PM | by | ()

Yo, this is a story all about how your life could get flipped, turned upside down, and we'd like to take a minute, just sit right there — we'll tell you the bad news about getting an awesome deal on Hotwire. Oops, that didn't rhyme.

Still: Twitter-er DrewMeyers scored a kickass deal on Hotwire. Which is awesome. Remember, Hotwire is an opaque booking site — which means you can get serious deals on your hotel stays but you don't know the name of the hotel until your credit card has been charged for the non-changeable, non-cancellable, non-refundable reservation (you can specify your star class and the general area that you prefer, though).

In this case, the Hotwire game worked out for Drew, who ended up scoring a room at Sir Francis Drake for August 4-7 at a rate of $78 per night. But there is bad news: parking is $46. EW.

The lesson? Hotwire is a gamble. Oh, wait, we knew that. But be super-aware of parking fees — no matter what kind of a deal you get, those extra charges can add up quickly and hit you pretty hard.

Score an awesome deal lately? Tell us where, when, and how much in the comments below.

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Does Calling the Hotel Get You a Better Deal?

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  Site Where: 49-499 Eisenhower Drive [map], La Quinta, CA, United States, 92253
July 6, 2009 at 4:38 PM | by | ()

There's a very good chance that in the future, we may not be making our next hotel reservation online. Why's that? Because recently we were quoted a rate by a human reservations agent that was more than 50 percent off the hotel's online rate and a rate found on a third-party booking site. And there was no begging, pleading or threatening involved at all.

Let us walk you through a recent booking experience at the La Quinta Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. We decided we wanted to get out of LA for a while and spend our Fourth of July weekend at the desert resort. We also didn't want to just shack up in any old room at the place. You see, we got spoiled last year when we stayed in a Spa Villa suite which had a full kitchen, a couple of balconies and access to a semi-private pool.

The only problem was that when we checked online, the suite was going for about $475 a night, not including the daily $27 resort fee.

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How $54 on Hotwire Turned Into a Seriously 'Suite' Upgrade

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  Site Where: 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
June 29, 2009 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

We're bringing back the Deal Drop!

Since last fall when the economy crapped out, we've been bombarded with travel and hotel deals. Reading about shockingly low prices (hello, Vegas!) and affordable packages has been great, especially since we get to share them with you dear readers.

But we're tired of hearing about deals from the hotels. We wanna know about the deals that YOU have booked yourselves. Whether you booked the deal through the hotel, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline or even your travel agent, let us know where you got such a great deal. After all, if we were able to find half-price Christian Louboutins (or for dudes: half-price courtside tickets), we'd share our secret with you.

And just to reiterate our love of sharing, we're kicking off today's story with our recent deal at Planet Hollywood in Vegas.

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Have You Scored an Amazing Hotel Deal Lately? We Wanna Know Where!

January 15, 2009 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

We do our best to bring you all the latest and greatest Hotel Deals and Discounts from hotels around the world, but since we're also doing our best to bring you gossip, news and our humble opinions every day, we can't catch all the awesome kickbacks out there. And during these rough times, the discounts are steeper than ever, the packages have gotten more creative and the perks are pretty attractive. We want to make sure you know about 'em.

We love the tip emails and the heads-up comments about deals you've scored, so keep 'em comin' — but consider this your designated spot to share killer discounts or packages that you've found. Share the info, share the deals, share the love!

So, you tell us: have you scored a killer rate at a hotel lately? How did you find it, where did you book it and, most importantly, how do we get in on it?

Share your hotel deal info with us and other hotel geeks right here in the HotelChatter Deal Drop

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