Under Express Deals, I can see what hotels are offering a good rate for these dates too. Because these rates are low, the hotels do not display their name, but with a little investigation, one can figure it out. These friends don't want any hotel. They want the Hyatt.
First of all, I select the region - Lahaina/Kaanapali - and the star level - four - to easily eliminate other hotels. I am luckily only left with one hotel:
To find out which hotel this might be, I need to note a few key hits: the guest rating is 8+ (so it is probably under 9); the hotel has a pool, fitness center, free internet, and business center; the hotel is dog-friendly. These are enough details to successfully figure out what hotel, but I could also note that the hotel is at least 32% more expensive under Priceline's normal booking conditions for these dates.
So back to "List View" to find out which hotel is on offer… I select dog-friendly four star hotels in Kaanapali or Lahaina with a pool, fitness center, free-internet, and business center. Lucky me, just one hotel remains!
So, I go back to "Express Booking"to see the total cost of my unnamed hotel (The Hyatt!). Looks like my friend will pay $1409.15 instead of $1959.05, saving $550 dollars, or over $100 night.
But a few things to keep in mind:
1. You cannot cancel your hotel.
2. You cannot select "ocean view" or make other special requests. You may be lucky but since you have a cheap rate you also may get a lower-level room with a worse view.
3. It is cheaper to bid on a hotel through Priceline, but it is a little more stressful and uncertain.