NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawmakers in need of out-of-state hotel accommodations that are easy on their budgets can find them at priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® hotel service, where savings can be as much as 60% over published rates.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Wisconsin State Sen. Jon Erpenbach got his Chicago hotel room on priceline.com for $99, which he called a "good deal" (sorry about the $28 room service hamburger).
"We certainly appreciate Sen. Erpenbach's 'unofficial' endorsement," said Priceline's Senior Travel Analyst Brian Ek. "Priceline's Name Your Own Price® hotel service is ideal for any type of traveler who has to take a last-minute trip and needs a high-quality hotel room at a budget-friendly price."
Priceline's Name Your Own Price® hotel service http://www.priceline.com/hotels/ is easy to use. You just choose your desired dates, city, neighborhood, star level and the price you're willing to pay for the room. Priceline then tries to match you up with a hotel that will agree to your offer. Hotels agree to discounts of up to 60% because Priceline doesn't publish hotel names. You get your hotel details after your price is accepted and the room is booked. Once booked, reservations are non-changeable and non-cancellable.
Priceline works with name-brand hotels in star levels ranging from 1-star to 5-star. Name Your Own Price® hotel rooms can be booked up until 11:00 p.m. ET on the night you need the room.
Mobile device users can book their Name Your Own Price® hotel rooms using Priceline's Hotel Negotiator app for the iPhone and Android. The apps are available free from the app store www.itunes.com/appstore/ and from the Android market.
If you're not sure what to bid on a room, priceline.com has a Winning Bids feature http://travela.priceline.com/promo/hotel_winning_bids_60off.html that offers samples of winning bids made by other Priceline Hotels guests. Here are some recent winning Illinois hotel bids made by Priceline hotel guests, although deals are available in other states, as well as internationally:
- Chicago, $89/night, 61% savings, 4-star hotel, Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park.
- Springfield, $60/night, 55% savings, 3-star hotel, Springfield area.
- Peoria, $60/night, 51% savings, 2.5-star hotel, East Peoria.
- Rockford, $60/night, 53% savings, 3-star hotel, Rockford area.
About The Priceline Group of Companies
The Priceline Group of Companies (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 150,000 participating hotels worldwide and 92.8 million room nights booked in 2010. The Group is composed of four primary brands – Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.
Based in Amsterdam, Booking.com is a leading international online hotel reservation service operating in 99 countries in 41 languages. Booking.com offers its customers access to over 120,000 participating hotels worldwide.
In the U.S., priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. Priceline.com also operates the following travel websites: Travelweb.com, Lowestfare.com, RentalCars.com and BreezeNet.com.
Singapore-based Agoda.com is an Asian online hotel reservation service that offers hotel rooms around the world and is available in 32 languages. With headquarters in Manchester, UK, TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in more than 4,000 locations in 115 countries. Customer support is provided in 20 languages.