CINCINNATI, MARYLAND -- I placed a bid on a 3.5 star hotel and "won" a bid for a 3 star hotel. Priceline by their own standards do not rate the hotel as 3.5 stars, Trip Advisor has the hotel as a 2.5 star hotel and Google shows it as a 3 star hotel. When I called Priceline to dispute the hotel rating they read from a script saying the price was nonrefundable. That policy would be fine if I had gotten what I bid on. I think their practices are fraudulent and I am filing a BB claim against them as well as disputing with my credit card.
I just purchased a room from Priceline. I also purchased the insurance. As soon as they sent me the confirmation I checked online with the actual hotel. The hotel cost was cheaper than Priceline. I immediately contacted Priceline, within 5 minutes. They claimed it was less, even though I sent them to the actual site. They refused to cancel the reservation nor to honor the insurance. ONE BIG rip off. Now the hotel gets 1/2 the money for the room and I paid for useless insurance and more for the room than I could have if I had wanted to pay for a room of this caliber in the first place.
TEXAS -- Booked a hotel with them. Either, and it is possible, I messed up the date or it got changed and I missed it. Showed up for my hotel a week later than the date. Hotel marked me down as a no-show and didn't have any extra rooms either. Ended up double paying for the trip on hotel. I called Priceline immediately. They never offered any help at all. Just "sorry sir" and "That is all we can do. You agreed to the rate and time." I will never use them again. There was no offering for future perks or anything. So all they have to do is "accidentally" shift your date forward and you will be billed twice. This would be real easy to do on their part.
SIMSBURY, CONNECTICUT -- We booked a hotel and had a family emergency come up within only two hours of booking the room. Called Priceline.com and respectfully explained the situation. Although Priceline representative admitted that they have made many exceptions in the past, representative refused to be flexible in any way.
After suggesting that the company applied their policy in capricious and discriminatory manner, the service representative took on a rude, uncaring and totally arrogant attitude. This outfit has absolutely no respect or compassion for the customer. I will never, ever use Priceline.com again. Buyer beware! Go to someone who genuinely cares about - and values - their customers. Not Priceline.com.
COLORADO -- I made reservations on the Priceline website for a hotel in Montana in September. The reservation was for 4 nights ending on the 15th. Now, I readily admit that I'm not a computer genius, but I am able to navigate a calendar. There was a serious glitch in the website, and I ended up being booked for ONE night (the 14th). No problem, I thought. Easily resolved with a phone call.
So, I do know that ALL call centers are outsourced now, but it only adds to the frustration to try to explain times and destinations to someone for whom English is a second language. I was told by the representative that I needed to make a new reservation on the website, then call back with the trip number, at which point they would cancel the previous reservation. They would NOT fix the reservation on the phone. I did as I was asked, but when I did, the price had gone up by $10 a night, and a $36 fee had been added.
Had this been a result of my mistake, it wouldn't have been an issue, but it was their site that cost me nearly $100. I was told that "hotel rates change, ma'am, and nothing would be done." I said, "But it was your mistake, not mine" and the guy actually said "That's too bad, ma'am" and got me off the phone as fast as he could. Never, ever again will I use this service. EVER.
I booked and paid for 3 days at a hotel in Alabama. When my stay was over, the hotel slid an invoice under my door. The balance was 0 but the price paid was $50 less than what I paid Priceline. Priceline "Best Price Guarantee" is not applicable to customer service because "rack rates are not considered for this claim" and I should have called before check-in.
Obviously I could not call before check-in so the "Best Price Guarantee" is for marketing purposes and not meant to be used for legitimate claims. In my opinion the hotel made a mistake by showing me their price and Priceline gets as much as they can from the customer - guaranteed.
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I booked a hotel room through Priceline at 7 pm. 10 min later I no longer needed the room so I called Priceline to cancel. Well, it seems their "policy" does not allow for reimbursements even though the booking was done 10 minutes before. Their solution was to call the hotel directly because they still get charged for booking the hotel. So I hung up and called the hotel and was told they can NOT reimburse me because it was after 4 pm and that they will have to charge me. I tried to reason with them and the best offer I got was to call and speak to the manager.
Well as it turns out the manager was ONLY willing to reimburse me for half of the booking because she claimed Priceline still will want to be paid for the booking. HMMM so someone here is NOT telling the truth as to who can reimburse me. Priceline claims they cannot reimburse me because the hotel will charge them regardless. The hotel claims they cannot reimburse me because Priceline will charge me.
Does anyone else see a problem with these third party companies? I would say be very wary of what your booking and read all the small font disclaimers. All in all I think this is very bad business if I the customer am left in the middle with absolutely no one to turn to to get this resolved.
I was booking a hotel for a weekend getaway and decided to try Priceline Name Your Own Price since it claims you save up to 60%. Unfortunately the price I paid is $26 higher than the published price on the hotel website. The rate was available to all sorts of groups to include any type of government employee (state, federal, military) - AAA, CAA, AARP.
I called Priceline Customer Service and even had it escalated to Customer Relations and after 27 minutes on hold and in conversation, all I was told twice was that their best price guarantee is based on a discount off the full price, not in comparison to any discounted rate, published price or even compared to other sites. There is NO guarantee it is the best price, and it is not refundable, no credit can be offered and there is nothing you can do about it. I could have saved myself money and time and just booked the hotel on the hotel site, and it would be changeable, cancellable and they'd refund the difference if the price dropped.
Bottom line: clearly there are better prices and much better customer service approaches out there. I will never use Priceline again, and suggest that anyone who is eligible for a student, military, government, AAA, AARP, CCA or loyalty program price should avoid using Priceline.com. They are not giving you a deal, so use another site to book or find a hotel you like and then book with the hotel directly.
A few days ago I tried Priceline.com to get a reservation for a hotel in NYC for 3 days. I entered a price and location. The site could not find a hotel for me at my price in these areas. They kept sending me back to my original screen and asked me to change my parameters which I did, four times. I changed neighborhoods, raised my price, lowered the star rating. I finally got to a screen that told me to check back in 15 minutes.
When I pressed the CHECK YOUR PRICE button it came back with my original screen again. It could not find me a hotel. So I logged out and went to Hotwire where I immediately found what I wanted. When I went to get the confirmation email I found I had communication from Priceline as well. When I opened it up it said they had found a hotel and my account was charged $600.00. I almost threw up I was so freaked.
I immediately called the 'Philippines' and spoke with **. Now I have A LOT of Filipino friends and none are named **. Anyway, I might as well have gotten a recorded message. I explained the situation that I had never confirmed the deal and had actually logged off. She read me a script and said there was nothing I could do. So I ran crying to my husband, the master debater.
He called, went up the food chain and got the same message with each person so I called Mastercard. I love that company. The agent calmed me down, told me not to worry they would take care of it. Apparently, this happens quite frequently. She deleted the authorization and it never showed on my bill. Lesson learned... Don't bother with Priceline.com customer service, it is nonexistent.
Don't bother with BBB or rather check their website on all companies you've never purchased from before. That was my big mistake AND I should have known better. Do file a report with your state and the federal consumer affairs division. They can't/won't do anything for a few years but it will be on record. You can try writing directly to your state attorney general though that did work for me once with a contractor.
Do contact your credit card company immediately. They can't do anything then but the complaint will be on record. Then call them back in 48 hours, that is when the charge gets authorized. Ask them to remove the authorization and explain why. This too will be on record. Then check your account online if you can. As soon as it appears on your bill call again and make your formal complaint. They will send you papers to be notarized.
DO IT ASAP! The fee will be removed immediately and the review will start. 9 times out of 10, for Priceline.com, they will reject the charge and you will be home free. Do keep a detailed record of who you talk to, date, time, what you said and what they said. You'll need it for your dispute. Send a COPY of that along with your notarized paper to the CC company. Do not use Priceline.com again.
Here is a chronological example of how Priceline customer service treats its customers: I have used your service for the past four years and have booked hundreds of Hotel stays through you. I have been extremely pleased until last night. I booked a room for a friend who needed to stay overnight in Sumter NC. I booked her the highest possible star hotel which was two stars.
She was traveling with her Son age 12 and her daughter age 6. They arrived at the Hotel at about midnight. The area that the Hotel is in is so dangerous that they decided not to stay at all. I'm very surprised and very disappointed with this experience and I wanted you to know.