Local vacations are a great option if you want to get away from home and don't want to pay for pricey airfare. Holiday weekends are always more expensive than regular ones, but an extra day off makes for an ideal time to get away.
When it was decided that some fresh non-city air would be necessary over the upcoming 4th of July weekend my destination was a no-brainer, but the problem of a two-night minimum stay at most hotels during wine country's high season was more of an issue. Find out how I was able to get two nights for the price of one when you read more.
After searching online and coming up with the same expensive results, I finally turned to priceline.com. Believe me, I'm aware that it's hardly a new site, but I had always been skeptical of it because of the permanence of reservations made through it and the uncertainty of where they will actually be made. You offer to pay a certain amount for a particular quality of hotel but aren't aware of which hotel you may be stuck with, and this lack of control has always troubled me.
After I determined my offer to be slightly less than half of the normal rate, I reluctantly plugged in the number along with payment information and crossed my fingers. I didn't end up with some run-down hotel in another town — in fact, I ended up with a hotel where I had stayed before and paid full price. While staying for two nights means we're still paying a little more than we intended, the total cost is equal to the price of one night at this more than comfortable hotel.
I would use the site again after this experience, but am wondering if any of you have ever had a negative one. What's your opinion of priceline? Have you used it to find cheaper flights or rental cars?