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Priceline~ Have you used it?

 
 
Swimpy
 
Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2005 10:12 am
I've never booked travel on Priceline, but I want to give it a try. What things should I know before I book a trip? Do you have any horror stories or great success stories to tell?
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2005 10:20 am
She barely finished her kitchen remodel and off she goes Wink

Swimpy, I have used Priceline several times when flying
to Europe. You have to give your creditcard # before booking
and they'll look for the cheapest fair.

I usually started with a very low price of $200.00 and worked
my way up. Also you can choose between non-stop, 1-stop
and 2-stop flights (don't forget to classify, if you want a non-stop flight).

So, no complaints here - I once got a flight for $ 400 to
Europe via Air Canada with 1-stop. Not bad!

Last year, I used www.flights.com - and got a good connection with USAIR.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sat 22 Oct, 2005 04:29 pm
CalamityJane wrote:
She barely finished her kitchen remodel and off she goes Wink



Why do you think I'm looking for cheap fares?Wink

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Also you can choose between non-stop, 1-stop
and 2-stop flights (don't forget to classify, if you want a non-stop flight).


That's good to know. I don't want to spend all my time in airports.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sun 23 Oct, 2005 10:24 am
Is CJ the only Priceliner hear?
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HickoryStick
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 07:10 am
I've used priceline and I never will again. I had tickets paid for, and they changed the itinerary on me. I'm disabled and can't physically handle a lot of flight changeovers, and they changed my itinerary both ways to have more than one stop and I would have to change flights several times.

It was so hard to get in touch with someone at priceline customer support. They didn't answer emails, and once our tickets were changed back the way we wanted them, we had no idea until we showed up at the airport!

It was extremely stressful, and I refuse to shop with priceline again.

Just sharing my experience, I'm sure there are others who like their prices, but I don't like the way they jerked me around about my tickets.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 08:01 am
I used them on my last trip to California. I don't think the cost savings were worth the inconvenience of early departures and the crappy hotel. I could have done better booking through Hotwire or even Expedia.

Sorry you had a bad experience, too.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 08:07 am
My aunt used them twice.

Once, they charged her for the flight twice
Refunded the diffrence almost 5 months later.

Second time, she used them to book a room.
They charged her for the wrong room, and her reservation wasnt correct to begin with.

I think that was more of a user error then anything, but one thing was consistant..

almost 5 months later, it was corrected.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 09:36 am
Oops, I am sorry to hear, that you all had such bad
experiences. I never booked hotels through priceline,
but the flights were all as initially booked - no extra
stop-overs and no extra times involved.

shewolf, if they charged your aunt twice for the same
flight, she should have called her credit card company
and have the charges refunded immediately. That's
what they're here for, to service its customers.

Swimpy, I'd try www.hotels.com the next time, they
offer great discounts and you can see the rooms online.
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2006 05:47 pm
Why don't you all just stay home and save yourselves all this hassle.

Home is where the heart is after all. You can't beat your own bed.
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HickoryStick
 
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2006 05:55 pm
Spendius, I can't decide if you're a forum troll or just really bored.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2006 06:18 pm
Excuse him, Hickory, he's British Wink
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2006 06:55 pm
Maybe he should get out more.
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HickoryStick
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 04:24 am
Yeah, no kidding, Swimpy.
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spendius
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 05:14 am
I was simply giving you some well known medical advice on how to reduce stress levels which I am given to understand is a good thing and which you seem to be unfamiliar with.

What was under discussion did seem to me to be stressful. I don't know that being concerned about fellow threaders health can be classed as trolling. I have been taken to task many times about my smoking and drinking and lazy lifestyle but I never thought of those that did so as being trolls or that they were bored or that their obvious concern for my welfare had anything to do with their nationality.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 07:39 am
I used to use priceline to book hotels, but not so much now.

They always booked me in 4 star hotels, you can't tell 'em not to, and I got pissed off about all the extra charges. They charge you to park, you can't carry your own bags, etc.

It would have been cheaper to just get a nice room at the Holiday Inn, which is what I really wanted anyway.
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blacksmithn
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 08:03 am
I've never booked through Priceline. That whole credit card thing put me off. I go through Expedia almost exclusively and have never encountered a problem.
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spendius
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 05:25 pm
Quote:
and I got pissed off about all the extra charges.


See what I mean.

Being "pissed off" is very stressful and that's not good in terms of longevity according to scientific research.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 06:19 pm
spendius, I would appreciate it if you did not derail this thread. if you continue, I will report you to the moderators. Start your own thread about your views on travel, please.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 06:47 pm
I've booked a couple hotels through hotwire...one I got a pretty incredible deal, the other I was overcharged. Just a similar site to compare to priceline, except you don't bid. I may have booked a flight also, but not sure.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 06:47 pm
I considered using Priceline back when I went to NYC in 2004 (a big deal for me) and didn't because of the credit card bit with one having to take what they picked for you - forget that...

I like hotel.com for picking hotels, and then calling the hotel itself.
Have booked a few flight and hotel combos through Expedia and been pleased with the results.
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