Skyauctions Informative - Skyauctions hints and problems - Theater tickets, restaurant certificates, hotel booking
Theater tickets, restaurant certificates, hotel booking
I have been using SkyAuctions from early on and if you are prepared you can get deals but be careful. First read the terms of each auction carefully, there are always hidden charges. Once you add the hidden charges on to your bid it may not be a bargain. We have an apartment in Manhattan so theater is something that interests us. Skyauctions sells theater tickets but unless you research the shows you may get tickets to something you will regret. We look for what we call pre openings. Pre openings are performances that take place before the Scheduled opening. Often these become available at large discounts to ticket brokers as the show is untested and not yet reviewed. We have purchased many of these tickets from Skyauction and sometimes we find great shows at very low seat prices. The seats have generally been good we try for Orchestra seats but you need to read the auctions to get an idea of what your seats will be. If you are willing to go on off nights you can find great
bargains. We have always had our tickets arrive within a week or so of the auction end and have never had a problem.
Restaurant certificates, we have stopped buying restaurant certificates for two reasons. Skyauction sends the certificates promptly, however the restaurants have been problematic. On two occasions the restaurants were closed and would not open in time for us to use the certificates. The restaurants knowingly sold the certificates to
Brokers that sold them to Skyauctions and although we were offered an exchange to
another restaurant, they were not places we wished to go. Skyauctions terms are
clear that they will exchange but not refund. So you need to physically check each restaurant prior to bidding.
Hotel nights...our first experience was when we purchased five nights for the Luxe in Los Angeles. nice place great customer service and no issues but the actual price we
found out later was only a minimal savings. There have been other Hotel situations that have had problems. Recently we bought five nights for a Hotel in Zurich and paid
immediately and supplied dates. It's been ten days and although we do get a response from Skyauction we still have no confirmation of our dates. Our intention was to
combine this with a Paris trip. We know that Skyauctions does not always come
through with RESERVATIONS.
If you expect great bargains you will need to plan In advance and hound Skyauctions
until you get a commitment for the dates you want. Be prepared to have moveable
dates as when you Win an auction if your dates are not available best is to ask WHAT
is available and mold your trip to the available dates.
I do pay now play later with the Hotels that Skyauctions sells regularly because I know
I can arrange later dates.
weekly resort stays usually seven day packages can be a problem and although you
are told that times are available often they are not. I have friends that won 't use
Skyauctions because they do not have the patience required to get the deals which
I have had several deals with huge savings and some that have not been good at all. I
look at it as an average. If you get one great deal out of three it balances out those
that may not be so good. Unlike the others that have complained I have always
received a response via e-mail,not always what I want to hear, but I do get responses
to e-mail within 48 hours of my e-mails. Biggest tip, wait until four minutes before the
end of the auctions before bidding because there are those that will run your bid out of
spite. It's happened to me, when I Win an auction at a low price if I try to buy the
same auction a second time others who see my user name will run my bid. So it's best to wait until the end to bid.