Hotwire Help - Reveal Your Hotel
Identify A Hotel Before Bidding
It is possible to reveal your Hotwire hotel before purchasing. If you are wondering, "How does Hotwire work?" this page is full of tips to help answer some of your questions about reserving your hotel on Hotwire, including how to reveal your hotel. If you're new to Hotwire, it's important to understand the concept: you don't find out what hotel you've booked until you've already paid for it. In other words, you pay first then find out the hotel. Most purchases are non-refundable. This is somewhat unique and admittedly, not for everyone because of the risks involved in getting a non- refundable mystery hotel. But if you are a bit flexible on your hotel brand and location, Hotwire can save you a lot of money.
Hotwire basically works like this: Like all hotel booking websites, you enter certain parameters such as your destination and travel dates and you are presented with the results - a list of hotels and prices. You can narrow your search by specifying a particular star rating (e.g., 3 stars and above) and other criteria. Hotwire also breaks large cities into smaller areas or 'zones'. For instance, Las Vegas is broken into 13 different areas, which allows you to find a hotel in a more precise neighbourhood or district within the city.
Although you don't know the name of the hotel or exact location, Hotwire lists hotel amenities before you purchase. As mentioned above, if you are flexible on location, this can save you a lot of money but still get the hotel amenities you want out of your accommodation. So if you're looking for a hotel with a pool, for example, you know this information before you purchase. This is part of what makes Hotwire great.
It pays to compare rates. Before jumping onto Hotwire, you should figure out the going rate for a similar hotel using Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz. Use this information to determine whether or not you are getting a good deal on Hotwire since Hotwire is not always the cheapest. It is also a good idea to spend some time checking out the Hotwire Forum to learn how to become a better bidder on Hotwire.
At this point, you're ready to start using Hotwire. Take the price that you've found at the retail site and head over to Hotwire. Plug in your cities and your dates of travel. Compare the fare you've found at the retail site to the Hotwire. With the money you're saving, is it worth it to book a hotel not knowing the exact brand or location? If so, complete your purchase.
This is an over simplification of the process but provides a general overview. Our forum is full of additional Hotwire tips and strategies for booking hotels and saving money on Hotwire, so spend some time reading the posts from our members and become familiar with how Hotwire works. You should also check out Hotwire Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) .
Revealing Your Hotwire Hotel
The Hotwire forum on Hotel Deals Revealed is a community where Hotwire customers share information about what hotel they received. This information is then collated and put into Hotwire hotel lists for virtually every city in the United States, Canada, and now some select cities in Europe. Using the hotel lists, it is possible to compare the information provided by Hotwire and match this up to the informaiton on the Hotel Lists. If you find a match, there is a good chance this is the hotel you will get.
A word of caution. There is no guarantee that the hotel you see on the Hotwire hotel lists will be the hotel you get on Hotwire. Afterall, the lists are generated by fellow travellers posting their Hotwire wins. While we try to keep the lists up to date, the may not be 100% accurate. If you're trying to reveal your Hotwire hotel, just use the lists as a guide for the type of hotel you might get, and do not be too disappointed if you get something else
Additional Hotwire Hotel Tips
- Hotwire Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Common questions from Hotwire Help Forum members.
- How To Identify A Hotwire Hotel: This tutorial describes how to reveal the name of your Hotwire hotel before you purchase in 4 easy steps.
- Hotwire Forum: Join our forum and discuss Hotwire tips, find out how much others paid for hotel reservations, seek help identifying a hotel, or discuss anything travel related.
- Hotwire Blog: Blog posts about Hotwire hotel bidding.