General Question

noelasun's avatar


Asked by noelasun (1894points) March 14th, 2009

So I’m looking for places to book lodging online, And hotwire seems to give me not nearly enough details for me to enter my card information.
How has it worked out for you?
Any alternative site suggestions?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

5 Answers

ponderinarf's avatar

1)I went to and typed in the site “”
2)Then I found a list of related sites
4)In place of, try
5)type in “”
6)look for “Audience Also Likes”—it will be to your right

srmorgan's avatar

Like anything else on the web, you have to be careful with what you are doing and what you are spending your money on.

I have used Hotwire very very successfully for auto rentals, all by themself, in places like LaGuardia, Minneapolis and Toronto. The lack of specific information about whose car I am renting is not an issue because the rate, all charges, is shown before I book. I don’t care if I am using Avis or Budget or Hertz.

With airfares, you never used to know the airline or the departure times until you gave them your credit card and that can make a big difference, whether you leave at 7am as opposed to 7 pm.

With hotels, you have to be careful if they don’t tell you where you are staying up front. In a town like my home town it’s 20 minutes ocean to river. In Los Angeles, that uncertaintly can make a big difference in how much time you spend traveling to customers or to tourist attractions.

I recently read that in booking hotels the best way to to do it is to call the location directly or the chain’s actual 800
number because the fewer layers you have between you and the service provider will make solving a potential problem easier.’

I don’t travel on business all that much anymore, say the last 18 months, but this is my experience with hotwire…


marinelife's avatar

With Hotwire, you have to go in flexible and with eyes wide open. They offer the prices they do by not naming the hotel in advance.

I used it for a vacation when I wanted to be in a certain quadrant of the city, but did not care exactly what the address was. We got an excellent hotel that was undergoing renovation on the restaurant off the lobby.

I tried it once for business. It put me too far from the town I needed to be in.

It just depends.

adreamofautumn's avatar

There are websites that will give you the best tips for guessing which hotel they’re going to give you. There are some good signs for figuring it out. I have used it to figure out my hotel from Priceline (who works the same way) and it worked out great. Try googling these types of advice sites, they’re really helpful.

Response moderated

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther