How To Save Money With Priceline: Part 3 – Airfare

Introduction
Part 1 – Bidding on Rental Cars
Part 2 – Bidding on Hotels
Part 3 – Bidding on Airfare

Part 3: Bidding on Airfare

This is the last part in my three part series on how to use Priceline to save a lot of money on travel. If you have read all the Priceline posts you’ll notice a theme with how you can earn the biggest savings.  Which is taking advantage of low demand and high supply with last minute bids.  Bidding on airfare is no different.  First, I will walk you through bidding on airfare in a manner that will provide you with nearly unlimited bids, which will allow you to find the rock bottom price.  Afterwards, I will express some of my thoughts why I think in most circumstances bidding on airfare it is not worth the risk, but we will get to that in a moment.  Frist, how to bid on airfare:  Continue reading

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Portland Seafood And Wine Festival

The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is an annual event benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  The event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center and admission is only $12.    Food and wine samples start and $1.00 and $.50 respectively.  So if you are looking to try our local seafood but don’t want to drive to the coast or spend a ton of money at a restaurant, this is a good place to go.  Plus your money will be going to a good cause.  This year’s event will take place on Friday, February 1st, and Saturday, February 2nd.

Getting There

As always the Max is the best way to get to the Convention Center if you are close to a stop.  The Red, Blue, and Green lines all stop at the Convention Center.  The Yellow line stops at the Rose Quarter Transit Mall.  If the Max is inconvenient almost every bus in town makes a stop at the Rose Quarter which is just a couple of blocks west of the Convention Center.

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25 Portlanders Who Are Changing The World

Portland Monthly is a local magazine about all things Portland.  It is a great resource if you want to get a feel for Portland culture.  They also publish an annual restaurant review that is a great resource for reading about different places to eat.  In this month’s issue they had a great article about various nonprofit organizations that Portlanders have established.  Pretty cool read.  Check it out here.

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Portland U Brew: Learn To Brew Beer With An Expert

Here is an activity I thought I would write about for my beer loving Portland readers.

So as much as I love good beer, I’m no expert.  I know good beer when I taste it.  I know what flavors malts and hops contribute, but as far as the specific brewing process and how that impacts beer flavors I know little.  So when a friend of mine told me he had a gift certificate to Portland U Brew and asked if I wanted to join him, I said of course.  Continue reading

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How To Save Money With Priceline: Part 2 – Hotels

Introduction
Part 1 – Bidding on Rental Cars
Part 2 – Bidding on Hotels
Part 3 – Bidding on Airfare

Part 2: Bidding on Hotels

Obviously, the biggest impediment for most people using Priceline for a hotel is not knowing what hotel you are bidding on.  The 24 hour rule is also annoying because chances are you are only bidding on a certain star level in a certain area of town.  If your bid is rejected it is inconvenient to have to wait 24 hours before making the same bid.  In this section, I will discuss ways to make an educated guess on the hotel you are bidding on and how to overcome the 24 hour rule.  Before we get to that, it is important to start with an explanation of how bidding on a hotel with Priceline works.

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