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Old 06-09-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Has anybody used this website to book a hotel? I'm on here right now and I'm a little scared of entering my c/c because of their diclaimer...

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Once you click "Buy My Hotel Room", priceline will look for a hotel to match your offer.

If we accept your offer, we'll immediately charge the credit card you provide to us. Please note, you will not be provided with a list of hotel options. Please remember, once you click "Buy My Hotel Room" your request can not be changed, cancelled, or transferred and refunds are not allowed.

If we can't accept your offer, your credit card will not be charged.


Can anybody explain how this really works? It says you don't get a choice of hotel but does it a least show you the hotel before actually charging your card?

Has anybody recieved a really good price using this website? How was the hotel?
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Once you click on "buy" you get what you get (assuming a hotel will match your offer). I've only used it twice for airfare (flying last minute) and the deal was acceptable both times.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Thanks for your response...
So they wouldn't even let you see what hotel they are giving you before charging your C/C?
I understand you can't choose from a list but I want to see what I'm getting before my card is charged.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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No, you don't get to find out what the hotel is before they charge your card. That's why I've never used them.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Thanks... that not good
I would at least want to see what I'm getting before I buy.

New plan it is then...
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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Hi, I use name your own price on Priceline all the time. No, you do NOT get to see what hotel you will get BUT the "star rating" system will give you the names of the hotels in each class. I routinely save a ton of money on my accomodations. Hint: they sort of recommend a price you should bid..forget it. I always start my bids at $34 and go up a few dollars each time I get rejected. Usually I end up paying around $37 per night for a very nice hotel. I used them last week and stayed at a Homewoods Suite near Philly for $37+tax. Used it near Washington DC a few weeks ago for $39+tax for a very nice luxury hotel. Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Hi, I use name your own price on Priceline all the time. No, you do NOT get to see what hotel you will get BUT the "star rating" system will give you the names of the hotels in each class. I routinely save a ton of money on my accomodations. Hint: they sort of recommend a price you should bid..forget it. I always start my bids at $34 and go up a few dollars each time I get rejected. Usually I end up paying around $37 per night for a very nice hotel. I used them last week and stayed at a Homewoods Suite near Philly for $37+tax. Used it near Washington DC a few weeks ago for $39+tax for a very nice luxury hotel. Good luck!
Thanks...

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Old 06-09-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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If you are scared of priceline, try Hotwire...you can see the name of the hotel, but you don't get to name your own price. But I have found it to be cheaper than booking with the hotels directly, but not as cheap as Priceline (which I have used a few times).
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:36 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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You can narrow your region and star rating to be pretty sure of getting the 2-3 hotels that meet your criteria. I have seen some tutorials on travel websites how to really narrow the options.

I use Priceline for rental cars, and often get them for $12 to $16 / day.

I don't like the airfare, as I am picky on airline AND routing / elapsed travel time, I don't like switching carriers enroute if at all possible, and I usually book in such a way as to be more likely to get bumped (free vouchers for the next trip).

The biggest deterrent of PL is paying up front and no way to change. Life happens, people die, kids break their leg 4 hrs before you leave for 2 months of international travel (btdt)...schedules change... I prefer to have some cancellation options.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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You can narrow your region and star rating to be pretty sure of getting the 2-3 hotels that meet your criteria. I have seen some tutorials on travel websites how to really narrow the options.


The biggest deterrent of PL is paying up front and no way to change. Life happens, people die, kids break their leg 4 hrs before you leave for 2 months of international travel (btdt)...schedules change... I prefer to have some cancellation options.
Yeah I agree that is my biggest deterrent...

So you could narrow down your search good? I'm going to have to take a look at te tutorials.

I'm looking at other website and still debating on PL...
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