Priceline is a popular website for bargain hunters, but now other sites are offering good deals without all the mystery. One is LuxuryLink, an auction website for luxury hotels and other travel services.

Unlike on Priceline, the hotels are known to the bidder. For example, I could have bid on a five-night junior suite package for London at the four-star Rubens at the Palace Hotel. A minimum bid recently was $1,272 on a package that included a daily breakfast for two, an afternoon tea and a dinner in the hotel's restaurant. Retail value of the package was $2,544. Obviously, slightly pricier than the Priceline hotel, but it came with some extras — and I would have known exactly what I was bidding on.

"We adopted a view that, particularly for luxury travel, full disclosure is completely important," said Diane McDavitt, president of Luxury Link.

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