APH Rates Are Currently Available... [UPDATED 07/27/18]

keishashadow

Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!
Joined
Dec 30, 2004
The RPR/HRH/PBH APH rates have not been in the budget for my late August dates for my visit so I decided to try Hotwire/Priceline. I was able to book RPR at $193/night which is almost $100/night cheaper than the APH rate.
Via buying ‘blind’ hotel? If so, did you take notes as to the description of the property & could share?
 

MamaKate

Simply meant to be...
Joined
Sep 27, 2002
The RPR/HRH/PBH APH rates have not been in the budget for my late August dates for my visit so I decided to try Hotwire/Priceline. I was able to book RPR at $193/night which is almost $100/night cheaper than the APH rate.
Via buying ‘blind’ hotel? If so, did you take notes as to the description of the property & could share?
I'm also interested in the information. Did you end up booking at Priceline or Hotwire? Are there any descriptors that distinguish it from other area hotels? Thank you.
 

keishashadow

Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!
Joined
Dec 30, 2004
I'm also interested in the information. Did you end up booking at Priceline or Hotwire? Are there any descriptors that distinguish it from other area hotels? Thank you.
One of the problems with HW/PL is they tend to switch up the descriptions when word gets out that people have deciphered their verbage (i.e. disney hotels).

At U the doubletree across the street mimics the hotels at times i’ve poked around

On hotwire, lately i’ve Seen both the your hotel is one of these four pop up & even a guarantee of the PBH for one night in September. It turned out not to be much of discount once factoring in HWs fees, so i passed.
 
  • jsmla

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 19, 2001
    It was blind. I matched up the specs (4.6 rating, 4 1/2 bubbles on TripAdvisor, pet friendly) between the blind “Hot Rate” hotel and the named listings for the Universal resorts. After I clicked on the blind hotel there was a drop down that said it was guaranteed to be one of the following:
    Hard Rock
    Portofino Bay
    Royal Pacific
    Doubletree

    Since the Doubletree is not pet friendly and has a 4.3 rating on Hotwire/4 bubbles on TripAdvisor It had to be one the Universal resorts.

    Hotwire does add a significant fee but since I could only get suites at HR and RPR and the Portofino was coming in at over $300/night for my dates with APH it worked for me.
     

    keishashadow

    Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!
    Joined
    Dec 30, 2004
    It was blind. I matched up the specs (4.6 rating, 4 1/2 bubbles on TripAdvisor, pet friendly) between the blind “Hot Rate” hotel and the named listings for the Universal resorts. After I clicked on the blind hotel there was a drop down that said it was guaranteed to be one of the following:
    Hard Rock
    Portofino Bay
    Royal Pacific
    Doubletree

    Since the Doubletree is not pet friendly and has a 4.3 rating on Hotwire/4 bubbles on TripAdvisor It had to be one the Universal resorts.

    Hotwire does add a significant fee but since I could only get suites at HR and RPR and the Portofino was coming in at over $300/night for my dates with APH it worked for me.
    Thanks for responding so quickly! Enjoy
     

    Andrewssix

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jun 18, 2005
    I'm hoping someone could verify if I'm understanding Universal's AP rates and upgrading tickets. I have purchased a buy 2 get 3 free ticket from Undercover Tourist, for $276. Can I now upgrade this ticket when I arrive at Cabana Bay to an AP for the difference of an additional $28 ($304.99 for the pass) and then use that for the AP hotel rate? Also, if that's the case, do I cancel my first reservation and book a new one, or call to change the original reservation? Thanks for any help.
     

    macraven

    Proud Redhead
    Moderator
    Joined
    Apr 21, 2003
    If it were me, I would call and see what the ap rate would be for your room and dates

    You need to make sure your dates are included for the ap rate

    You can buy/do the exchange of tickets to AP when you are at UO
    Your booked ap rate will hold

    Just show the ap at the hotel counter and have it noted in your reservation
     
  • macraven

    Proud Redhead
    Moderator
    Joined
    Apr 21, 2003
    As long as your tickets of buy 2, get 3 free do not expire when you arrive, upgrading to the ap would be fine

    Do check the website to make sure the lower type of ap is not blacked out to use for your dates

    if it were me, I would book a new reservation before I cancelled the present reservation
     

    wendlle

    Aussie Wendy
    Joined
    Jan 7, 2014
    The RPR/HRH/PBH APH rates have not been in the budget for my late August dates for my visit so I decided to try Hotwire/Priceline. I was able to book RPR at $193/night which is almost $100/night cheaper than the APH rate.
    How exactly does Priceline work? I was under the impression that you didn't know where you were staying when booking until after you paid. Or am I completely wrong on this?
     
  • Candycane83

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 11, 2012
    Long shot but does anyone think there will be AP rates for the week of Christmas? :rolleyes: I suddenly had to cancel my July trip and am rebooking for Christmas. So far I saw an AP rate for Dec 19 at PBH for 219. booked that and smsm for RPR from 20-26 at 420...
     

    keishashadow

    Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!
    Joined
    Dec 30, 2004
    Suggest looking back a year or two in the date/rate thread to see if it’s come out. Wouldn’t guarantee it’d happen again this year, but might follow pattern
     

    S@r@

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Dec 17, 2017
    Booked Cabana Bay for $114 - 3 nights from September 10. Last year I got if for $104 a night for more or less the same dates, so I'll keep an eye out for an even lower rate. But already happy with what I got :)
     

    ksromack

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 14, 2012
    Booked Cabana Bay for $114 - 3 nights from September 10. Last year I got if for $104 a night for more or less the same dates, so I'll keep an eye out for an even lower rate. But already happy with what I got :)
    Is it common for rates to go down even more once the AP rates are published? I would LOVE to save some more on the 2 bedroom Club rate I just paid for at HRH. We'll have my 15 month old granddaughter with us and it'll be really convenient to stay as close as possible for naps and such. It was a huge splurge but it's only one night and we only have 1.5 days at U/IoA in December. It's sort of like when we paid for a TPV at the Contemporary. We'll probably never do that again but it's nice to do it at least once!
     

    ruthies12

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 30, 2011
    Played around with my dates and ended up finding Sapphire Falls for the first two nights of my trip for 139 also and RPR for just 214 for the second two nights.

    So now I have to decide, would I rather have express pass the first 3 days of the trip or the last 3 days...….? decisions decisions
     

    S@r@

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Dec 17, 2017
    Is it common for rates to go down even more once the AP rates are published? I would LOVE to save some more on the 2 bedroom Club rate I just paid for at HRH. We'll have my 15 month old granddaughter with us and it'll be really convenient to stay as close as possible for naps and such. It was a huge splurge but it's only one night and we only have 1.5 days at U/IoA in December. It's sort of like when we paid for a TPV at the Contemporary. We'll probably never do that again but it's nice to do it at least once!
    From my experience with CB they go down closer to your check in date. But I will not take it as a guarantee. I would think this all has to do with availability. Just keep checking! I have been watching the rates for my trip since they came out. Started at $134. Last week they were at $124. Now at $114 and maybe even $104 in the future. Good luck!
     

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