A couple of years ago we won a couple of bids on sky auction for hotels in the Carribean. The price very good, even with the surcharge.
The problem we ran in to was that the hotels at first wouldn't honour the voucher. We had a confirmation number, but they said "but you didn't get them confirmation number from us, right?"
They didn't deny a relationship we Skyauction, but they were loathe to admit one. What finally happened in both cases was they (the hotels)went into some data bank and found our names there and then confirmed the reservation at the price.
We never got a straight answer on what was happening, but we definitely weren't registered in the hotels computers. I think what was happening was that if they had been full they would have denied our reservation. When they weren't (and we were travelling off high season) and we didn't bite on the "no reservation" line, they found our reservation in this data bank and honoured it. So, I think there is some risk reservations might not be honoured. Make sure you can afford full rate just in case.
Just an observation...but is it coincedence that all the praise for skyauction is from 1st time posters?
Except you vegasmike....but then you havent actually used it.
Could there be a sky auction representative in our midsts?
Excuse my cynical mind......
Hello to all. I'm another 1st time poster that has praise for SkyAuction. I've personally used them for a hotel, and recommended them to friends / family who've used them for hotels and restaurants. I've never had a problem with them, nor has anyone else that I know who has used them.
I've written a few pieces online about my experience with SkyAuction - these are at
They aren't all blind praise - I don't comment much on airfare as I've not used them for that. I think they are fantastic for hotels though. As soon as I get enough spare time to travel I intend to use them for airfare and see how that goes (maybe even a cruise!). I've got some photos from the property we stayed at through SkyAuction - I'll post them in my profile photos - it was a fantastic value.
My son and my parents also stayed at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA through SkyAuction. While it wasn't up to my mother's modern standards (it is an old ship...) my son LOVED it and probably had more fun there than he did at either Universal Studios or Disneyland. I am currently helping him put together a page on the Queen Mary's history and his stay there. He took some videos and I think it would be a unique perspective as so many Queen Mary reviews I see are from adults expecting a luxurious stay comparable to a modern hotel. In a child's eyes this is a fantastic trip! My parents and son also dined at The Anaheim White House (courtesy of SkyAuction) on this trip and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I've intervened for other online acquaintances who have had questions on SkyAuction's policies or said that they had a hard time getting through. The customer service is not immediate - but they do come through. When I was enquiring for others, they asked for a phone number and did phone these people back with answers to their questions.
I frequently bid on Chicago hotel auctions as we live in the city. If I can get a good property for around $50 I take it! The key is being informed to what your bidding on definitely.
I continue to have good success with SkyAuction. $600 return Los Angeles to Signapore ( I used a $200 discount coupon) plus a week in a Penang condo $200 and a week in a condo in Ooty India $211. Two local cheap flights one Singapore to Penang on Asia Air and the other Singapore to Kochi India on Tiger Air made a great vacation of 20 days Singapore, Malaysia & India for less then $1300.
It is also interesting to note, that most of the doubters are from people who have never used SkyAuction and are in Countries that most of the auctions do not even apply to.
Community is not built by doubting every first time poster.
Oscar Wilde said. "A cynic knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing !"
Thanks pceire32! I try to contribute to things when I know something - and tend to bounce all over the place online. Sometimes random posters can offer little jewels to discussions
I just discovered Travellers Point or I would have responded sooner.
I have been using Skyauction for about 5 years now--every transaction
has been stellar. You do need to see what the "going rate" is on the
product you're bidding on--some of the really stupid people seem to
get a gambling rush out of putting their bid in and as a result, they
almost pay full price.
I went on a Renaissance cruise (now Oceania) to Athens, 3 nights on land,
then cruised through the Greek isles, ended up in Istanbul with another
3 nights on land. We paid $3400 total, including all taxes and fees
and people we met had paid $6500. (by the way, this was with one
of the first balconies and no assigned seating, very small exclusive ship
of only 700 passengers which is the only way to cruise). After a while,
we stopped telling people about our bid because it made them look
sick and seemed to take some of the pleasure out of the vacation for them.
Next we went to Hong Kong and Thailand and paid 1/3 the going rate.
(sorry, don't have my details with me, it was 4 years ago).
We went to the Pink Beach Hotel in Bermuda, private cottages were
$550/night with meals. We paid $200 a night and again, no one would
believe us. We managed to go during the Bermuda Jazz Festival and
caught India Arie when she was just coming out.
Skyauction even released us once from our winning bid because the dates
we wanted were not available and we had a conflict.
I hate to tell too many people about it, but if you are aware of the
taxes and surcharges and do your research, you can't beat it! I wish
they sold cars--
after SEVEN month this thred gets an other happy first time poster.
travelbusiness is hard this days.........
haha. this is great. my favorite is the lawyer with his granite counter tops.
Too bad I prefer counter tops that are 100% tortoise shell.
I'm not a first-time poster and I'll concur - SkyAuction is fab. Most recently we stayed at the Pheasant Run Spa & Resort in St. Charles, IL for a quick weekend over Christmas break with the kids and had a fantastic stay at $40 / night in a room worth about $300 / night rack rate. Another family at the pool there also booked their stay through SkyAuction at around the same rate. Others had paid full price and were a little sick.. I'm starting to look at LuxuryLink now too - travel auctions are great. No scam about it.
Good to know. I am a Sky Auction member, but have never be successful when bidding. I want a dirt cheap flight to Asia and it never went off at the price I was willing to pay.
Maybe this year!
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Feb-2009, at 11:24 by vegasmike6 ]