Hotwire Is Useless- Hotels
AURORA -- I was looking at hotels for Las Vegas for May 2012. Someone told me about Hotwire and how it could give me a deal. I checked it out and found that they had a Las Vegas strip 4* that was originally $191 being sold for $111. They were two hotels that I found in that area for around that were around 170 so I thought that I was going to get one of them and was going to save a lot of money. Instead they gave me the cheapest 4 star hotel in that area. The same hotel I found on Hotels.com for $95. I called them to tell them this, and while they did refund my money to get the Hotels.com price they would not let me cancel. I told them that the only reason I chose to book it blindly was to save money and in fact I saved nothing.
I looked at this hotel and 6 other websites and the most I found it for was for 133. I asked them where the hell they got 191 from and they said it was not necessarily the price of that hotel but an average of all the 4* hotels in that area. So I looked up every 4* and found the average price was about 150 and not one exceeded 191(most expensive was 173). Stay away from Hotwire, if you spend just a little time looking you can find the same rates on other sites, your not saving anything using the hotrate except the ability to pick your own room, your hotel or have a cancellation policy.