I've used Priceline.com for years. Always had to put card info in to make a bid. Nothing has changed as I could see ad, least I thought. I went through the same process of bidding a rental car. I did not read the terms because the process was the same as always. You have to enter your card info in order to get a bid.
Priceline have the customer put their card info in before they will give you a quote back on a bid and now they are debiting the customer's account without your knowledge and will not refund the customers money. I wanted to compare your price with your competitors. After seeing that the reservation was processed without my knowledge and checking my bank account and seeing a debit from Priceline I called minutes after bidding to cancel and I was told I could not get a refund.
I feel if the person doesn't call ahead to cancel or show up to complete the transaction that would be a reason not to refund their money. You ripped me off for $74.22 that I do not have to just give away. They also are taking customer's money for rental car companies that require you to have a credit card. If you make a reservation with a company that offer the best deal Priceline does not verify whether the company only accepts credit cards which will mean if you don't have a credit card and you make reservation with one of those companies you can lose your refund because car rental agreements are non refundable.
The deposit varies by the agreement you make with Priceline and you don't have all the info until you complete the reservation. So you can't really ask the rental car company questions until you complete the reservation process with Priceline. So that leaves you stuck. I will never do business with your company again and I will make sure to put the word out about how you mislead your customers by having them putting their card info in before they can get a bid just so you can steal their money.
When I went into the Priceline website, I wanted to rent a car from Denver to Kansas City one way. I clearly typed these one-way destination sites into the spaces provided. However when the "name your price" screen came up, without any indication from Priceline, I was kicked into a cheaper price with a round trip destination. So when I showed up at Budget Rental in Denver the clerk told me I was reserved for a round trip destination. The clerk said they couldn't promise that when I got to Kansas City that they would not charge me "hundreds of dollars" for a drop off fee. They told me I had to sort it out with Priceline and Priceline told me I had to sort it out with Budget.
Well, Budget couldn't guarantee that I wouldn't be charged an additional fee upon arrival. This process took me so long that I was already going to be late arriving in K City so I just asked Budget what it would cost to start all over again and get a new reservation with Budget to get a car to K City. They charged me $200. They told me Priceline would refund my money. HA!!! Even though I had pre-purchased insurance and got a screen that told me that with the purchase of insurance I could cancel my reservation.
Priceline told me the reservation was non-refundable. DON'T PRINT A SCREEN THAT TELLS ME I CAN CANCEL A RESERVATION WHEN I CAN'T. FRAUDULENT ADVERTISING!!! I told Priceline that Budget said they would refund the money to Priceline if they called and confirmed that I had not picked up the car. Priceline said they would call. I felt like they were blowing me off to get me off the phone. I received an email that said they were contacting Budget for a resolution and it would take up to 10 days. Mark my word Priceline, I will post that resolution.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Warning to other consumers: Do not rent a car from Priceline's website! I was traveling during the holidays, trying to line up a car in Chicago, and they did not have availability at O'Hare. They only had availability at Midway. I was rushed at work, at my clinic, and I kept trying to get a car, but I did not think that they would accept the offer, as I had rented hotel rooms from them before and the offers did not go through. They need to provide customers with a way out, especially for rental cars.
This offer went through, but was inconvenient for me to pick up according to my sister whom I was visiting. So on the advice of my credit card company, I did not pick up the car, because they were sure they could dispute the charges.
WARNING TO OTHERS: THIS COMPANY does not refund anything, and furthermore will not give customer credit either. The WEBSITE is poorly designed to PREY ON PEOPLES EMOTIONS AND RASH INSTINCTS, with no stop-gap offered to back out of a rental agreement. Go directly through the car rental agency, and you will do much better in finding something convenient to you and those you are staying with especially if you cannot pick it up at the airport you are flying into and do not know the area well.
I tried to get Priceline to let me use the money that they stole from me for other services and this was not an option. They can take my $200 for something I never picked up. Hey, Barack, lets put this type of unethical business behavior out of business. Spread the word: this company is unfair, especially in this time of economic downturn and hardships. Hey, Priceline, either redesign the website, or reap what you sow... Bad ethics, taking money for no goods and services. Sounds like a scam to me... Have you ever heard of the law of threes?
I booked a rental car on Priceline for $22/day. When I went to pick up the car my contract was for $16/day. I was told by the booking agent that was the price that I would have gotten had I just walked up to his counter. I contacted Priceline concerning this discrepancy and they said it was a mistake. I offered to fax the receipt to them. They had no interest in it. They refused to refund the difference. I paid Priceline $261.80 for a car I could have rented without their "help" for $151.20! Will I ever use them again.. am I stupid? Don't want you to experience the same scam! That best price guarantee is FALSE ADVERTISING.
Here's what they say in their advertising: When you book a Name Your Own Price - Hotel, Flight or Rental Car we not only guarantee the lowest price we guarantee a BIG DEAL! We are so confident that you won't find a bigger deal on some other site, that the Big Deal Guarantee is available all the way until the day before you travel. That's not all, the Big Deal Guarantee also covers Flight+Hotel Vacation Packages. How To Claim Your Big Deal Guarantee Call and tell us where you saw the lower price. Priceline will verify the price and availability right there on the phone.
Well, here's the real story: we booked with them for a car in LAX and named our own price. Several times it was rejected, but finally accepted. Then Hotwire sent me a price drop notification, about 10% less than the Priceline.com price. So I called about their Big Deal Guarantee. (In fact, Priceline.com's regular lowest price was lower than what I paid). The Customer Service lady referred me to ** in Customer Relations.
Here's the Real Deal: It seems like nobody gets the Bonus or the Guarantee. Just because you find a lower price, on the same class of car, same equipment, same dates, etc., you still don't qualify. It has to be from the Same company's regularly advertised list price. But I said that the "SAME" company I'm dealing with is Priceline.com and you have a much lower advertised regular price. Too bad, she says. It was really a "HA-HA GOTCHA MOMENT!"
Why would a company like this stoop to such unethical practices? Who knows? But I know that no one should patronize a company like this, unless they want to be treated so badly. I'm a senior and money is tight, and the savings would have been important to us. Very disappointed in Priceline.com and their people and their marketing double-talk. Be warned, like so many other advisories here. Priceline is out of line!
FLORIDA -- I have reached the counter you instructed on time and ask for the service as I purchased. They asked for my driver license. I gave them both my “International Driver License and my passport” to identify myself. They did not accept my “International driver license” and ask for Thai driver license. I did not bring my Thai license since the international driver license is the document that is accepted all over the world. They said this document is just “a translation” of my Thai driver license. They said it is against the law.
I asked to have my license fax from Bangkok. They only wanted to see the real, hard copy only. You know! If I give my Thai driver license, they cannot read it anyway and how can the police read the license if it in Thai. This is why I have International license so everybody in the world can read. I came to realized later that, I am so stupid if I give them any Thai I. D. card, they cannot read it anyway. And none of this would happen. Is that the way I should do, you tell me! I think this is much worse since it is a lies! and I think it is not acceptable in the United States of America.
I asked Avis to contact Priceline, they refused. Without any assistance from Avis I ran to check other car rental counter. At least 5 of them were willing to rent me a car with these documents. I got back to Avis, they insisted not to rent me a car. I try to contact at tel no. 1-888-837-3774 but there was only answer machine. I had to rent a car from one of the counter, E-Z which cost me instead of that Priceline had promised and charged to my credit card.
Avis cannot help me with anything since I booked the car through agent which is Priceline. Avis told me to contact Priceline as the one who is responsible for the refund since I did not get the service and Avis did not get the money. Who got the money? So I want to asked Priceline to cancel my payment. If it was Avis misunderstanding, Priceline should talk to them, but do not press the false to the customer!
CALIFORNIA -- I decided to give Priceline a shot after using Hotwire for my rentals. I tried bidding on a car priced at 39$ a day. After putting in bids from 25$ they replied saying it was denied and that I should bid 30$. After exhausting as many prices as I could and being denied I finally put in 30$ and of course it was accepted.
Now they take your money once the bid is taken and there are no refunds. Two days later I see the same car for rent on Hotwire for 23.95$, WAY CHEAPER! I asked them for a price adjustment which they did. A few days later the price dropped on Hotwire again to 21.95$. I asked Priceline for another adjustment and was denied. I will no longer be going through Priceline.com. They overcharge you and you can usually get the same rental from Hotwire for 10$ cheaper, WITHOUT HAVING TO BID. Priceline fails as a company. Hotwire is the way to go. Never had any issues with them.
To ANYONE thinking of using Priceline.com: Do not book through Priceline, unless there is absolutely nothing that could possibly happen to prevent you from keeping your reservation!!!!! I wanted to write concerning my complete frustration with the Priceline cancellation policy!! I booked a rental car with a pick-up scheduled in Kailua Kona. Due to unforeseen circumstances, (learning we had to move from our home), I called 2 months and 1 week before our scheduled rental to cancel and was told we were not entitled to any refund on the rental. Nope, not a dime!
Working in the travel industry myself, I understand not being able to resell merchandise, (ex: airline seat, rental car, etc), costs the company money, especially when you cancel a few days or weeks beforehand. However, 2 months and a week is plenty of time to re-rent the automobile, which I have no doubt they will do, making twice the money on that vehicle.
Meanwhile, I am out the entire $235.26. I called customer service, and was told with an almost "Too Bad, So Sad" attitude that they could not help me. They offered nothing, not even a portion of my money back!! I will be passing along my experience to as many people as I can, which is many working in the industry and of course will no longer use Priceline. Frustrated and Disappointed!!!!
POCATELLO, IDAHO -- Today, 16 Oct 2012, I booked a car rental in San Jose, CA. I had seen offers for $35/day total cost and decided to try bidding for a cheaper price. So, I entered $30/day and gave these clowns my credit card number. My bid was accepted and the amount charged to my credit card was $184.18. That's a total cost of $46/day! When I complained to customer service, they claimed that I had an opportunity to review the purchase before it was booked. BS. They booked and charged my credit card before I saw the final cost. Won't be dealing with these guys anymore.
LONDON, ONTARIO -- Rented a car through Priceline, and the car was to be in London Ontario, but ended up in Ontario (intl), Ont. which we later discovered is in California. Spent over 1 hour on the original day of the rental talking to many representatives. No luck, rented a hotel plus taxi to the hotel. The next day we did get a car. The company we rented the car from acknowledge the rate quoted by Priceline. Even though it was not the correct rate, the rental company also stated that the error had been made by Priceline but Priceline basically did nothing except to point fingers at everyone but themselves.
Their whole argument is based on the claim that the California address is on the confirmation. It is not and I am quite sure that someone from the car rental agency in both Canada and in the US would have said something when we were trying to find out where our car was. WE were trying to get an answer as to where the car was for over an hour on the night before. We finally gave up and went to a hotel. No compensation from Priceline, just finger pointing. My suggestion is do not use Priceline for car rental.