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[SUMMARY]: Basically the information below shows an exploit in the priceline.com system by providing an invalid credit card. When priceline.com accepts your offer, it tries to charge your invalid credit card, but it fails and shows you an error message. So essentially you can find the lowest price literally by "Trial and Error." Why the bogus information? Priceline.com limits how often you can name your own price per account and this should help by countering that limit. If it doesn't help then try clearing your internet browser cache, or using a proxy server, or changing your ip address by releasing and renewing.[/COLOR]
Before you try this I will give a risk factor for the method you choose to go with.
No Risk*************(EDIT: there is risk. Charge on my CITI virtual CC went through even with 1$ limit. PL called up CITI and asked them for my actual CC # attached to the virtual card. Be careful!): Use MBNA/Bank of America Credit Card or CitiBank Online Safe Shop feature which will allow you to create your own virtual temporary credit card number which you can just assign $1.00 to and it will get decline since there will be insufficient funds. OR get an expired credit card or debit card number that you may have as long as it doesn't match your current number and then just make up a date which should get declined. OR use an account number that you already closed and is no longer available for use which should also get declined. OR Use a visa/mastercard gift card and make sure to already spend some of the money off the card so there should be about a $5 or less on it so priceline will have to decline the card since there will be no funds on it. I have attached examples of these into the post.
*********EDIT: I used the citi bank virtual # with limit set to $1 and the charge for a hotel room still went through!!! CITI banks explanation - i authorized PL to charge my card, so PL called up citi bank and since my virtual # linked to my regular credit card they pushed the charge through. Be careful guys.
The minimum price is $25 plus shipping (which is currently $6.95)
[/COLOR] Somewhat Risky: Use your own credit card number but just change that expiration and 3 digit code which should fail when being authorized BUT there is some slight chance it could go through depending on your bank. (You could technically dispute this charge and say you never placed this order since there will be a different name that placed the order with your credit card company. There are a few bullshit stories you could make up such as blaming a MINOR such as a brother, sister, cousin, nephew, your friend's kids screwed around on the computer and purchased something with your authorization. That's one example.) If that doesn't work you can always just call up priceline and ask them to change the reservation name to your own name so make sure you make note of the bullshit information you put on there if credit card company blows you off which usually they don't.[/COLOR]
Risky: Use a debit card but make sure there is a zero balance on your debit card or very little money on it ($5.00) such as a paypal card. Paypal usually declines transactions but depending what you purchase paypal will sometimes let it go through as well. Make sure to contact your bank and see if they CAP your account so you can't go over what you dont' have. Some banks don't cap and that will cause a negative balance which will cause an overage charge.
NOTES: If you can't get a virtual temporary card then I recommend testing this out with your REAL information first and a fake expiration number and code. Only try it for ONE NIGHT only so at the worst you will only have to pay for one night and you don't have to go through the hassle of calling up priceline or your credit card company.
TIPS: This won't allow you to choose a specific hotel brand BUT instead this will allow you to get the star rating you desire. Reason why you search for lower rating hotels in your area is because priceline asks you to enter a second location each time you are asked to resubmit your offer. So if you pick an area which has a lower rating than your desired rating then you won't get that area since you will still have your 3 star or above checked on the list. (Don't check the lower rated stars just the ZONE to satisfy priceline.) People seem to call this rebidding I took it one step further with the credit card error which will allow you to know when your offer has been accepted.
FINAL NOTES: I don't take any responsibility if you happen to get charged on your account. It has never charged me but a select few have had their accounts go through so try this out at your own risk and read the risk factors so you can understand how to protect yourself. Please feel free to read this this entire thread to see what comments people have and suggestions. I have given suggestions on how to dispute this and how to protect yourself so if something goes wrong you won't be out by much.
THANKS:I thank all the people who posted in here and shared their input and hopefully you will get a good price on priceline. This is my final post in this thread so thanks for looking and good luck.
This will work on all the areas of priceline where you can name your own price but below I will describe it with hotels. I have been able to get the lowest price on hotels this way many times. I have stayed at a Sheraton Suites for $30 a night and also at Radisson, Marriot, Four Points, and Regular Sheratons which were all considered 3 star hotels.
This is how it is done and it may require some work but this will get you the lowest price possible. I did this sample as selecting an only specific area with 3 stars but if you have multiple areas with 3 stars then that will obviously increase your chances. If you run out of crappy areas (2 1/2 and below) then just make another fake id again.
SO LETS BEGIN ON GETTING A HOTEL FOR LESS:
1. Type the City of Interest
2. Try to get a major city such as Atlanta, GA
3. Figure out which areas have hotels for 2 1/2 stars or lower
(Just simply check a box and hit next and then hit the back button)
For those who don't understand why you are doing this here is an explaination.
Priceline has a requirement for you to make a change in either the LOCATION or DATE when RESUMBITTING YOUR PRICE.
By making a note of location where there is no hotel higher than the one you prefer you just eliminated that location from being chosen. So for example you want to stay at the city of Atlanta and you want a 3 star hotel there as well. Well you just bid $20 bucks for a hotel and the system came back and said you're not going to get it, so you need to change your price and add a location to bid again. Well y ou really had your heart set at staying in the city of Atlanta and you don't really want to go anywhere else, so then you pick Union City because the best it has is a 2 star hotel which of course will meet priceline's requirement of a new location BUT you won't have to stay there because there isn't a 3 star hotel at Union City so Atlanta here we come!
Just remember when you rebid is to only choose the location DON'T LOWER YOUR STAR RATING.
I hope this clears it up for everyone.
4. Select the area with 3 stars you want to stay at.
5. Name your price at $25.00
6. Enter a made up name you can remember such as John Smith
7. It may ask you again for price so hit the SKIP PAGE
8. Enter the initials of John Smith which would be JS
Now the fun part begins
9. Enter a real credit card number BUT WITH A FAKE EXPIRATION DATE and CODE OR Virtual Credit Card OR Gift Card
(This will prevent priceline from charging your account. EDIT: my virtual card (limit 1$) from CITI allowed PL to charge full price!!! Be careful!
10. Name: John Smith
11. Billing: Address 20 John Lane
12. City: Beverly Hills, CA 90210
13. Phones 555-123-4567
14. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Click BUY MY HOTEL ROOM NOW
This is where it will do the search but your result may
end up being "We're sorry, but we couldn't find a hotel..."
So this is where we try again.
16. Remember those 2 1/2 stars and lower rated hotel areas you picked?
17. Select one of those crappy hotel areas with your checked 3 star selection
18. Enter this time $35.00 and click NEXT
19. Then click Skip this PAGE
20. Initial it and click buy my hotel
You will increment the hotel price by $5.00 each time
until accepted and repeating steps 16 to 20.
How do you now your price was accepted? Simple they will
have an error trying to process your card when they have
found a hotel that accepts your price. They will ask you
to enter your credit card information again where this time
you will make a note of the price accepted and then sign
up with your real name and account information.
Example of message:
"We're sorry, the card you provided is expired or the expiration date you entered does not match..."
21. After you see this message just CLOSE ALL INTERNET WEBPAGES.
22. Go back to priceline.com and name your own price for the hotel
23. Select the hotel you guessed correctly for.
24. Enter the winning price and real info from now on.
You will get an error though after you submit your price which will be:
"We were not able to process this request since our records indicate you have already made a request for this same trip."
This is okay just simply add an area with a crappy hotel but with your 3 star still selected and repeat the process.
This time it will run your purchase through and you just got the lowest price on priceline.
Attached is what the error code should look like and also what card method I used to achieve it with as an example.
Credit card numbers
Credit card numbers that conform to the Luhn formula (MOD 10 check). Usefull for testing e-commerce sites (because they should get past any pre-validation you do, and be declined at the card processor or bank stage).
In testing situations any expiry date within the next 3 years should work
Feedback forces me to clarify this: These are NOT valid credit card numbers. You can't buy anything with these. They are random numbers that happen to conform to the MOD 10 algorithm. They are a technical resource for programmers - that's all.
Information about CVV2 / CVC / etc numbers can be found here: CVV numbers. As you can see these would be very hard to calculate without the bank's keys.
A very good article about the credit card number format can be found here: Anatomy of Credit Card Numbers
April 2010 UPDATE: USE #'s BELOW AT YOUR OWN RISK, looks like PL is logging IP's from which these numbers were used:
[I found this on google, you can use those card numebrs there totaly fake and will only work upto the point where it declines it]~AiDs
HERE ARE SOME NEW NUMBERS:
I Love it!!! Thanks -
While it may be against PL's business policies, it certainly isn't shady. After all isn't the desired end result, for both you and priceline, for you to end up buying a hotel? PL makes money on EVERY SINGLE SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTION, through their service charges and markups from the hotels themselves. The alternative is that you do it the 'right way' and possibly end up underbidding and get nothing, in which case neither you nor PL benefit.
Someone please go post this on BIDDINGFORTRAVEL.com, I'd like to see that old bat Sheryl the Moderator get her panties in a wad over this, (I'd do it myself but she banned me for calling her rude).
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