*Search out the area of our destination on the website map.
*If I find a condo or hotel or tickets that match what I need, I cut and paste the location on Tripadvisor.com to see if it is a reputable and desired place.
*If I am OK with it I also check how much it is going for on Expedia.com and Travelocity.com and other travel websites. Kayak.com and other sites can compare from multiple listings! Now I have an idea of how much I can be willing to bid!
*Once I know how I high I am willing to pay, I subtract the taxes, processing charge, and the service fees that Skyauction will add to the total...now I know my limit for a bid.
Processing Fee — Unless otherwise specified, all auctions are charged a $20 processing fee, which includes applicable shipping costs to US addresses.*I have found that the best way to win a bid is to wait to bid until just before closing. I write myself a note and when it gets closer I set an alarm to give myself time to log in and be ready to submit my bid.
Be sure you have your dates and locations correct because once you win a bid, it's yours!
With a family of six, condos are the lodging of choice for us. I often scan the timeshare rental listings that owners post to find good deals for summer vacations. This is usually only practical for a week or more at a time because of the cleaning fee. VRBO.com and homeaway.com are just a couple of sites to search. When we went to Orlando a few springs back, we stayed in a house in Kissimmee that slept 10 with 4 bedrooms and baths for $100 a night. Nice to have that room, kitchen and bathrooms to spread out it!
If I am only trying to find a hotel for a short stay I will stick to the links I mentioned in my paragraph about setting a price for an auction bid. However, before I go ahead and reserve a room through Expedia, Travelocity or another site, I first search for a coupon code. In other words, I literally google " Expedia Coupon code" and link up to a coupon site like Couponcabin.com or Retailmenot.com . This way I am almost always fortunate enough to find a code to add in at check out to take another percentage of the price off. Every little bit helps.
I hope someone is able to find this helpful and save a few bucks on a fabulous vacation. When we ask the kids about favorite times or memories so many of them are from vacations that we have had together!