Websites offer bids for your travel plans - New York News

Websites offer bids for your travel plans

Posted: Updated:
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Let them come to you. That's the mantra a budget conscious traveler can take these days, thanks to two innovative web sites.

BIDDING FOR YOUR BED

On the hotel side of things, BackBid.com solicits bids on consumers' behalf. After a would-be guest confidentially posts the details of an upcoming stay (the hotel they prefer and the rate they're quoted), BackBid.com attracts counter offers from competitors.

"You'll receive bids right to your e-mail inbox," said BackBid.com co-founder Chris Patridge. "The average consumer right now is saving $140 per trip."

When the behind-the-scenes bidding war doesn't focus on your nightly rate, Patridge says competing hotels pony up amenities, such as free breakfast, free parking, or room upgrades.

"We even have some that have dinner packages, even show tickets," he said.

BackBid offers consumers one significant advantage over rival sites: Priceline.com and Hotwire.com hide the name of a hotel until after it is pre-paid in full. Patridge said every BackBid.com bid includes the hotel name – and there's no commitment, since it's just a price quote.

SAIL AWAY AUCTION

The numbers are undeniable: cruises are the best vacation value -- period.

But those who shop around will quickly discover prices vary among travel agents.

That's where CruiseCompete.com steps in. When prospective passengers tell CruiseCompete which sailing they're pondering, it solicits bids from travel agents nationwide.

"You just sit back and wait for the agents to come to you," said CruiseCompete.com's Bob Levinstein.

Unlike airline fares, which generally do not change from one agency to the next, cruise fares can vary wildly. And the differences can be stark.

"You can save hundreds, even thousands," Levinstein said, by choosing the right travel agent. Levinstein said CruiseCompete.com has delivered 11 million quotes to consumers.

When agents can't compete on price, Levinstein said they will try to outdo one another on amenities such as free insurance, cabin upgrades, or credits to the passenger's onboard spending account.

"Frankly, that's a good as cash," he said.

Levinstein said it's vitally important that cruise passengers shop around before they book a vacation at sea.

"It's as big investment, you want to get it right," he said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:59:53 GMT
    Fox 5 photoFox 5 photo
    The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds were expected. Reports of heavy, wet snow have come in from the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and New York City. The snow is not expected to accumulate for very long.
    The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds were expected. Reports of heavy, wet snow have come in from the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and New York City. The snow is not expected to accumulate for very long.
  • Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:47:46 GMT
    Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase.
    Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase.
  • Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:47:07 GMT
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices