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April 1, 2005

Priceline for the Timid III: More pre-bid research


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Create an Imaginary Vacation Package on Priceline

Here's what I came up with in Washington

OK, it’s really Dupont, not Bouffant Circle.
Q: Did you hear about the woman who got assaulted in Dupont Circle?

A: Four guys held her down while the fifth did her hair.

Philadelphia – all Downtown Zone (creating a flight from Boston rather than NY - flights from NY to Philadelphia cost a fortune because they're rare)

Interestingly, there is no 4* inventory for vacation packages in Philadelphia.

Again, Birmingham is the poor sibling. No vacation packages, unless you feel like going to Alabama.

Some English on the ball: Priceline’s inventory is not static. When I checked these same packages three days ago, in DC, the Marriott Westend package was $519, and the Melrose was $422. Both have dropped. In Philadelphia, the Courtyard was less than the Crowne Plaza. Alas, I didn’t make a note of exact figures – be sure you do. These changes will probably factor into opaque bidding as well.

You think you're ready to bid?

Well, not quite. There's just a little more to go in the next post!

Posted by Leigh Witchel at April 1, 2005 1:11 AM

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