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.


  1. Wow!! What a blessing!!! Mr. U and I have heard people talk about Priceline, but have never tried it. Looks like we REALLY need to check into this!!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs. U

  2. The Hilton for the price of Motel that IS a deal!

  3. I've never used Priceline for airline tickets but I love it for hotels. We stayed at the Radisson in the Kansas City area for only $50 over the Christmas holidays. It was wonderful!

  4. Very good idea, Susan! We've never messed with the "name your price" thing because of how they pick the flight itinerary, but we may just have to check it out for hotel stays. ;)

  5. Hey, that's a great idea! We usually go for Super 8's and we've paid up to $80. I always forget about these sites when we're just looking for a hotel!

  6. We used to use Priceline for hotels quite a bit. We got some really great deals! I definately recommend it.

  7. That's awesome! When we were traveling alot we would get the hotel coupon books, we always stayed at nice hotels for really cheap, but never the Hilton! That's great, thanks for the tip!

    God Bless

  8. Wow! What a great tip! We have a few upcoming trips and I will surely be trying this. Thanks for sharing! : )

  9. Wow, lady, you got a great deal. I've been in a lot of hotels and this one is super nice. I took a tour of it online and the restaurant alone looks expensive. I'm sure you'll have a great time there. Will you be going up the space needle??


  10. My husband does this as well which is really nice!!!! Now we are 'addicted' to the royal


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