I had a short trip to Phoenix earlier in the week and needed to stay overnight. I went to the hotel site we normally use and the cost was almost double what it was normally (Like $230 a night for like a Holiday Inn Express level hotel!). I did a wider search and was finding just about everything costing the same in the area. (I later figured out this was because of baseball spring training jacking up all of the costs).
I decided to use HotWire. I found a 4 star hotel for only $130 a night - nicer level of hotel for way less. The problem with HotWire is you don't find out what you've bought until after you've made your commitment. Turned out that I was in a resort that was way north in my acceptable territory.
When I got out there I found that it was incredibly plush.
And though I thought I was way north, I was only 15 easy driving minutes to my morning meeting. Sweet.
Who says virgin sacrifices to travel gods don't pay.