Just on a whim (and because it worked last time) I called the hotel that I want to use when next traveling to ask if they had any room specials going on. Just like *that*, they cut $60 off of my room costs. There aren't any particular specials going on, and no online service (including Priceline) can beat what she did for me just by me calling them. I like talking to them directly.
Power of the Day:
My pattern recognition skills are better than yours (theirs). I picked out the one significant-to-the-conversation data point out of 1983 lines of text. Yeah, that's value-added work right there.