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Thursday, May 1, 2008 is a website allowing you to bid for the cheapest accommodation across Australia and New Zealand. Similar to eBay, it was launched in November 2007 and already has around 100 properties on board.

Properties lower their last-minute rate and travellers can buy at that rate of make a better offer.

For example, a hotel might have a standard room rate of $200. It lowers its last minute rate to $160 and people are bidding 30 percent below this or even lower and snapping up rooms for $110-$110 a night. On average, people are receiving 50 percent off room rates through the bidding website.

A great feature is that ubid4rooms allows you to bid for up to the properties at the same time. The first hotel to accept you bid wins your patronage and you receive conformation by e-mail within three hours. That means, hotels are bidding against each other.

Unlike other auction processes, you are not bidding against others, but making an offer directly to a hotel when they need to off-load vacant rooms at the last minute. It is a process between you and the hotels and the bid is only open for three hours, so same day confirmation is assured.

You can bid on hotels on days when bidding is on offer, or book rooms at already reduced last-minute rates up to 14 days in advance.

This process has the advantage of being suited to all styles of accommodation from bed and breakfasts to major international hotels. is the brainchild of Gary Berman who has more than 20 years of hospitality experience under his belt. Looking for fresh challenges, he came up with this simple idea.

According to Berman, it just didn't make economic sense that prospective guests turned away from hotels because they thought rates were too high for their pockets. That meant rooms were left empty because of the rigid rate being quoted.

A room vacant for a night is revenue lost forever and while the same amount of staff is on duty regardless of occupancy, higher overnight takings look far better on the books.

The philosophy of is that while it is an online business, it will always offer personal service to users to ensure total customer and supplier satisfaction.


Across Australia and New Zealand


Virgin Blue has flights to Adelaide.

One-way fares from:

  • Melbourne $ 89
  • Sydney $125
  • Brisbane $129
  • Perth $199
  • Darwin $255

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 01, 2008 and are subject to change.

Prices correct at May 01, 2008

For further information
Ph: 1300 723 661
Fax: (02) 4367 2176

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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