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Howardform Jul 10, 03 1:58 pm

Can I get Miles from Hotels on Hotwire & Priceline
 
I just got increadibly Cheap hotels from Hotwire and Priceline

Can I get FF Miles from these Hotels


I got Radisson and Marriott

cab747 Jul 10, 03 2:22 pm

Unfortunately priceline purchases do not qualify for hotel/airline points. They do state this on their site.

However, you might be lucky and get credit from the participating hotel/airline if you request it, but don't count on it.

pinniped Jul 10, 03 2:34 pm

With most chains, you can still earn points on incidentals. With some chains, an incidental purchase will result in the stay counting towards elite status.

jnl1588 Jul 10, 03 2:40 pm

Twice I got Marriott's at priceline. I just keep going down to the front desk and telling different clerks, I forgot to give them my number. Someone usually takes it and I have gotten miles both times.

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kalman911 Jul 10, 03 2:56 pm

just waiting on some "ultra-ethical" FFers to beat you up on that one.. i suggested the same sort of tactic on the board, and got slammed for doing something "unethical".. let the floodgates open.........

hnechets Jul 10, 03 3:11 pm

Well, I have never tried this, and in fact usually book directly with Marriott. When there is a significant price difference, I use the cut rate providers, too, though. More often I use them in high demand areas where the hotel itself is simply out of rooms but hotels.com has some blocks reserved.

That happened to me in May at a Marriott Courtyard in the middle of a major metro rea where it's hard to find rooms available and I did not expect to get any points, nor did I request any.

First week, I reserved the room thru Marriott and got points. Second and third weeks I booked through hotels.com. Fourth week, gt it thru Marriott.

I checked my points during week #3, and saw that not only did I get them for the first stay, but also for the second! When I checked out, I was a good honest citizen and mentioned it to the assistant manager (who was very nice and knew me my name from day one, stay one...what a memory!). He didn't even look at my record. He just said, "We know. Come back again!"

I told him I'd see him Monday.

<IMG SRC="http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/thumbsup.gif"> Just goes to show you never know what someone's gonna do. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif

(Edited to add: Later on, the points for week 3, which was also thru hotels.com, and week 4, thru Marriott, also posted.)

[This message has been edited by hnechets (edited 07-10-2003).]

Theo Jul 10, 03 5:03 pm

I don't know what the official policies are, but I can see a hotel giving you credit for hotels.com. It is fundamentally different from priceline and hotwire in that you know what hotel you are choosing.

I think one of the primary purposes of a hotel loyalty program is to get you to choose that hotel chain when you stay. On priceline and hotwire, you are not choosing a specific hotel chain, but just going after a cheap rate.

Hilton's web site, for one, specifically mentions this:
"Eligible Rate stays are stays at all rates except ... stays booked via Priceline.com, Hotwire.com or similar booking channels where the hotel brand is unknown at time of purchase."

NJUPINTHEAIR Jul 10, 03 5:40 pm


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Howardform:
I just got increadibly Cheap hotels from Hotwire and Priceline

Can I get FF Miles from these Hotels


I got Radisson and Marriott
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No for Marriott unless they goof up and I do not know about Radisson.

Moreover, if you have status in either program, they may not honor it, as they are not compelled to do so.

Further, you may get what many state are the "Priceline" rooms for that particular hotel, and then again, you may not, and you may even get a nice room depending on the date you check in and the time you check in.

Finally, your question struck me as the type of question that someone named "Howard" would typically ask!

Nevertheless, I encourage you to visit biddingfortravel.com for additional answers to your questions and whether you overbid or not.

Renard Jul 10, 03 10:48 pm

Typically you will not get points for the money you'll pay for your room paid to either priceline or hotwire. I always give my little card to them when I check in and it has been taken without question each time. My intent is that I would get points for incidentals paid to the hotel and for the price paid to priceline/hotwire. I have not had to beg the people at the hotel to take it. I have typically not received points for what I paid for the room but have always received them for any incidentals...at least with starwood and marriott. I don't give them the reward card in order to receive anything I am not entitled to ...so don't beat me up. Your starwood status is honored no matter how you pay for the room .. this is according to the 'starwood lurker' who is the official starwood liason to flyertalk.com. He wrote this in the Starwood forum. He has stated that without doubt that if one has status with starwood you should get whatever upgrades etc that your status would entitle you to as if you bought it full price....you don't get stay credit towards keeping your status for the next year when you purchase off of priceline/hotwire nor points paid to priceline etc.

NJUPINTHEAIR Jul 10, 03 11:41 pm

Renard:


He asked about FF miles not Hotel points to be earned, and he did not mention any Starwood properties that he had booked.

sowalsky Jul 11, 03 1:09 am

The idea here is that miles/points are a loyalty reward. And a person using Priceline/Hotwire isn't being loyal to any company (just his/her wallet) --- which is still perfect respectable, just not worthy of a loyalty reward such as miles.

dave_261 Jul 11, 03 5:49 am

I've tried getting miles on several priceline stays. The front-desk clerks have never minded putting in my FF #'s (one said- "not sure it you'll get them, but it never hurts to try.")
As of yet, I have seen no miles from priceline stays, so the hotel systems must prevent them from posting.

Renard Jul 11, 03 8:57 am


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by NJUPINTHEAIR:
Renard:


He asked about FF miles not Hotel points to be earned, and he did not mention any Starwood properties that he had booked.
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NJUPINTHEAIR:

The topic came up in postings afterwards regarding loyalty programs and any perks one might or might not receive using a priceline stay.

Jaybee Jul 11, 03 3:35 pm

Unless I'm misinterpreting something here, that looks like an exceedingly snide remark. Nice warm welcome for a newbie.


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by NJUPINTHEAIR:


Finally, your question struck me as the type of question that someone named "Howard" would typically ask!
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JRF Jul 11, 03 5:28 pm


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by kalman911:
just waiting on some "ultra-ethical" FFers to beat you up on that one.. i suggested the same sort of tactic on the board, and got slammed for doing something "unethical".. let the floodgates open.........</font>
I call them "fundamenalist", and they are the same people who defend the DL changes to the FF program.

Do what you can to get miles! Pay no attention to the fundamentalist when they try to shoot you down.


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