Friday, April 04, 2008
Frugal Friday: Stay at The Hilton
This is my first time participating in Frugal Friday, hosted by Crystal at Biblical Womanhood, and you must think I don't understand exactly what Frugal Friday means! Trust me, I do. This is something that a friend told me about, and I told my husband, and he tried it . . . and we are staying in The Hilton a week from Monday night!
Most people know about Priceline. You can "bid" on things like airline tickets. You enter the amount you're able - or willing - to pay for a ticket, and Priceline searches all the available airline deals and lets you know if one of the airlines is willing to accept your offer. If there is one, you have your ticket at your price. The only catch is that you don't know what airline, what flight, what time - you have to take what you can get. If you're flexible on time and airline, it just might be the deal for you.
What we didn't realize is that you can do this for hotel rooms. Our friends consistently stay in places like The Hilton and Radisson for around $50 a night. Our family is taking a trip in a little over a week, flying from Seattle to Atlanta. Our flight leaves around 11 a.m., which meant we would be rising about 5 a.m. and driving down to Seattle in order to get there in time to check in without rushing. So my husband decided to just see what we could get, so that we could go down on Monday evening and have a more leisurely morning on the day of our flight. He went to Priceline and named his price, area, and star level. The highest star level has the best hotels, like Hilton and Radisson, so that is the level he chose. At first he entered $40 per night, and the computer just laughed. Then he went up to $50, and there was a hotel that would accept that price. It was the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, where the price is normally $186 per night. We are staying for $50, plus taxes - less than $65. We've paid more than that for a room at Super 8.
So while it's not cheap or free, it is frugal - try Priceline to get a really nice hotel room for the price of a really cheap one! And never stay in Motel 6 again! ;)
For more Frugal Friday ideas, visit Crystal at Biblical Womanhood.