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Is Priceline legit? Whats the catch?

ohmyyikes 865 104 August 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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I'm looking to book some hotels and flights for my trip to Chicago and Boston and noticed that some of the hotels were $100 less than other sites such as hotels.com, travelocity, kayak. What's the catch here? Is it legit?

Also, when I choose the flights, where can we choose our seats? They have flights and times that I couldn't find on the airlines direct site or kayak or any other sites. My girlfriend is really nervous about sitting alone or in the middle of 2 strangers if they pick seats randomly for us. Can someone give me some info about priceline. Thanks!

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I'm looking to book some hotels and flights for my trip to Chicago and Boston and noticed that some of the hotels were $100 less than other sites such as hotels.com, travelocity, kayak. What's the catch here? Is it legit?

Also, when I choose the flights, where can we choose our seats? They have flights and times that I couldn't find on the airlines direct site or kayak or any other sites. My girlfriend is really nervous about sitting alone or in the middle of 2 strangers if they pick seats randomly for us. Can someone give me some info about priceline. Thanks!
Yes, Priceline is legitimate. Although, I haven't used Priceline in a few years but if you go to biddingfortravel.com - those folks know everything about Priceline and the like - it's a great resource.

On an aside note, If you do get random seats on an airplane, you can usually find someone to switch with you so you can sit together.
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Priceline is legit, just look at their stock price!! They've saved me a ton of change in several instances. Including a last minute flight from Australia. I will say they are not my first option, but they are in the rotation.
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one thing i would like to point out with priceline hotel bidding is that let's say you're going to a resort area or theme park, etc.. and your budget is $80. let's say you bid that amount and get accepted at a nice hotel, you will still be responsible for "daily resort fees" and "daily parking fees" if the hotel charges those. usually that can cost anywhere from $25-$50. so your $80/day turns into $105-$130/day
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Of course these guys are legit. They are the no. 1 Travel company in the online space.. They own Kayak and booking.com as well. Just in case... Wink
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I use priceline all of the time. They can be very good or very bad. Sometimes you can get the hotel you want at an unbelievable price but other times you can bid 10 x's over retail and you still won't win. You can't count on them and their prices have gone way up over the last year (probably to pay Shatner). All of this being said, it's still the best travel site I've found.
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one thing i would like to point out with priceline hotel bidding is that let's say you're going to a resort area or theme park, etc.. and your budget is $80. let's say you bid that amount and get accepted at a nice hotel, you will still be responsible for "daily resort fees" and "daily parking fees" if the hotel charges those. usually that can cost anywhere from $25-$50. so your $80/day turns into $105-$130/day
That's not any different than booking from the hotel website.
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Yes, Priceline is legitimate. Although, I haven't used Priceline in a few years but if you go to biddingfortravel.com - those folks know everything about Priceline and the like - it's a great resource.

On an aside note, If you do get random seats on an airplane, you can usually find someone to switch with you so you can sit together.

Usually you can go to the airline and rechoose your own seats once you have a confirmation number. If not, just call the airline or do an online "chat" with someone from your airline after you purchase your tickets. They will find you seats together if there are seats together to be had
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That's not any different than booking from the hotel website.
yes, i know.

what i was pointing out is that if i choose to pay $80 at a hotel directly, i can check to see if they charge parking or resort fees and expect to pay that much extra. but if my budget is at most $80 and i don't want to pay extra fees, going with priceline with a 'surprise' hotel would add additional fees to my max budget.

going directly with a hotel, you know what the room rate is and what fees are associated.
going with priceline, you can set your budget, but if priceline accepts your bid for a resort, you are responsible for the additional fees out of pocket in addition to your max bid amount.
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Sure, priceline is "legit" but there are a few things you really need to know before purchasing. Probably the biggest one is that reservations are non-refundable and cannot be changed.

It can pay to use Priceline but you need to know what you're doing. Spend some time asking around (as you are doing right now, which is awesome), but also check out websites like www.hoteldealsrevealed.com and beter bidding. This is a particuarly good article for newbies: http://www.hoteldealsrevealed.com...dding.html

Oh, it can also take up quite a lot of time if you want to use Priceline correctly. Rebidding, especially when you're new at it, can be slow and a bit stressful. But if you're a details oriented, thrifty kind of person, you'll do great.
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Also check out www.betterbidding.com if you want to narrow down what hotel you're getting through Priceline's or Hotwire's express deals. The forum has threads with info on US hotels.

I booked an express deal on Priceline for the first time this week. ^ forum accurately narrowed it down to 2-3 hotels. By the time I got to the checkout page before submitting the order, there was enough info to pinpoint the hotel.
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Priceline is definitely legit if you do your research before doing a name your own price hotel.

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Quote from ohmyyikes View Post :
I'm looking to book some hotels and flights for my trip to Chicago and Boston and noticed that some of the hotels were $100 less than other sites such as hotels.com, travelocity, kayak. What's the catch here? Is it legit?

Also, when I choose the flights, where can we choose our seats? They have flights and times that I couldn't find on the airlines direct site or kayak or any other sites. My girlfriend is really nervous about sitting alone or in the middle of 2 strangers if they pick seats randomly for us. Can someone give me some info about priceline. Thanks!
For seats on a plane, it depends on the airline. Some airlines charge money to pre-book seats (For domestic travel on a USA carrier I think that applies to all the airlines besides Southwest (open seating)).
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As you get to know Priceline better, you will like it more. It takes some getting used to.

This might help: Priceline hotel lists [hoteldealsrevealed.com]. I never bid without checking this first.
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As you get to know Priceline better, you will like it more. It takes some getting used to.

This might help: Priceline hotel lists [hoteldealsrevealed.com]. I never bid without checking this first.

Call me stupid, but how exactly does that list site work? Just look through the forums and see what people bid/won at?
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