BOSTON, CONNECTICUT -- BUYER BEWARE. Usually I Name my own Price through Priceline. This is great if you do not have specific needs such as a particular type of room. They only guarantee accommodations for 2. Recently I made reservations with their "negotiated" rates because I did have a specific need for two double beds. I chose the Tremont St Courtyard and chose between a room available with two double beds and another which was a king size bed. I booked the room type I needed.
Upon arrival, I found I had been booked in a king size room. I explained to the hotel staff I had reserved the double bed room. They explained Priceline books the most common room in the hotel which in this case was a king size bed. I was offered a double bed room at an additional cost of $35 per night plus taxes and fees. My $101 room ended up costing me $160. I called Priceline for assistance. At first they told me my reservation confirmation should say there are no guarantees. I explained I understood this BUT I had specifically reserved the way I did and the room I did because that was what I needed.
I countered they should not offer a choice if one does not exist. She then explained when I name my own price... I again pointed out I DID NOT name my own price. She said my receipt should say I did. I explained it did not. She then said if I had extra people I needed to pay the extra fee. I pointed out I still only have two people we just did not want to share a bed. (She seemed to be drawing at straws to find a way this was my fault). She then offered to call the hotel and speak to them. She got back on the line to tell me they said they gave me a double bed room. I confirmed they had, for the additional fee. (Was she just not listening to me?)
She said she was sure they would not be charging me but would call back to confirm, if I would like. When she returned to the line, she explained they had indeed charged me and she could do nothing about this. Thank you Priceline. This was a complete bait and switch tactic. I blame Marriott for the bad business practice and Priceline for doing business with them and not advocating for their customers to ensure their deals are honest, transparent and accurate. Marriott's bad practice reflects on Priceline. I can't do business with a company if I cannot trust I am going to get exactly what I purchased. This is regardless of whose fault it is.
After trying to book a trip for my upcoming fiftieth birthday with Priceline, I wound up with no vacation, an overdrawn bank account, and the desire to celebrate my milestone buried in a vat of Chunky Monkey and my own tears. My dear husband suggested Anguilla, a place to which neither of us has been and which boasts one of the best beaches if not the best beach in the world. Great! After checking several travel sites, Priceline offered the lowest price for a combined flight and hotel package at a resort that sounded great.
Excited, we transferred money into our debit account, and pushed the "Book Now" button. The little dots swirled 'round and 'round for a while, until we were informed that our request could not immediately be processed and that we would have to wait, press the "check status" button after several minutes, and then perhaps place a call. Well, the "status" turned out to be "No dice, losers" because the hotel we had chosen from the list of those advertised as available, did not in fact have the room category we selected. This was told to us by a perfectly polite and responsive representative.
She then informed us that we could try to upgrade to a better room. My husband, being the dear he is, readily agreed so that we could get the party started. Unfortunately, after several more minutes of being on hold, we were informed that the upgraded rooms were unavailable as well and that basically it was too bad, so sad for us -- which was made badder and sadder by the fact that Priceline had no problem authorizing our poor little debit card for pretty much double the amount that we'd earmarked for our trip -- which resulted in additional pending overdraft fees.
Dumb-dumb us decided to do all this on a Friday afternoon, meaning that all those holds won't drop off until Monday at the earliest. It's going to be a peanut butter 'n' jelly kind of weekend, I guess. No one was rude to us -- in fact they were very polite, the way robots are when they keep repeating the same responses no matter how you try to phrase or re-phrase your grievances.
The upshot: They don't bother confirming the availability of the packages that they advertise as available until after they charge your card. And then they have the gall to "upgrade" you and then charge you a second time for yet another unavailable deal. Their pitchman, William Shatner, "died" in a bus crash in one of their ads. Which is entirely appropriate; if you want to get thrown under the bus in the name of false advertising, Priceline will happily do it for you.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- In June, I booked a reservation for a full size SUV through Priceline with Budget Rent a Car for a week to be picked up and returned to LAX. I was quoted a decent price and when I arrived at Budget - their line had approximately 85 people waiting in front of me and 4 teenagers that I was taking to a summer soccer camp at UCLA. The counter agent stated that they could not provide me with a large enough vehicle, so she downgraded me to a smaller SUV which was very cramped. She said she would reduce the billing for me, then suddenly said she could not because it was through Priceline.
My group managed with the smaller vehicle and returned it as we were told to do so. After we got home, I found that my credit card was charged an extra $150 because Budget said I returned the vehicle a hour late (1:00 pm in the afternoon). Priceline told me to kiss their bottoms! Do not use these people unless you want bad things to happen.
CT, CONNECTICUT -- I purchase some discounted car rental and hotel via Priceline; the worst mistake of my life. I have used their service in the past and did not have issues; this was several years in the past. However, it appears the company has changed since growing to a huge cash cow and no longer provides good customer service or resolutions. I called their customer service office and spoke to three separate people they were no help; So, I asked to speak to a supervisor and I was told I can't – since they don't handle issues.
I googled their corporate email addresses and made a complaint about the issue to their corporate offices and senior executives. No one contacted me to assist in any way. I sent my complaint to several senior personnel and not one person responded nor did they have anyone else contact me to resolve. This was a clear demonstration of how disposable customers are to a large corporation. They no longer serve people and deliver service; rather they serve Wall Street and deliver profits at all cost.
It has been 3 months and still no one has reached out to resolve. This alone speaks volume of the attitude. I will continue to press the issue and send my negative post to senior executives to view and I recommend you all do the same. I will never use their service again, will never recommend Priceline to anyone I know. I have used in the past but never again. People, take your business elsewhere. A penny saved will only bring you a huge headache - Just do a search and see the volume of complaints.
NOLINE, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased two air tickets from Priceline.com departing from Hong Kong airport to San Diego international airport on June 12 for my parents. They arrive 3 hours in advance to Hong Kong airport to check in. Cathay airline checked in their luggage and let them wait. 1 hour later, my parents were told they cannot board the Japanese airline because they do not have Japanese visa which we have never been notified to get.
My parents have all the other documents required to aboard the international flight. They are Chinese citizen with US green card. I have contacted Priceline.com four times and Japanese airline two times from June 13 to June 18. I ask them if they can extend these two air tickets for a year, I was told that Japanese airline said no. They only allow to extend to June 13, 2014.
When I contacted Japanese airline, they told me it has nothing to do with them anymore, any dispute should be solved with Priceline.com. The Priceline.com failed to inform us to acquire Japanese visa, as a result, my parents cannot board Japanese airline.
I booked a 5 night trip through Priceline at the Atlantis resort (Bahamas). Priceline advertised complimentary breakfast -- a lie, outright. Atlantis did not offer that (which by the way, is otherwise a wonderful stay). Secondly, about a week before our trip, our flight was bumped a day sooner, giving us an extra night without a room because Priceline refused to accommodate in any way. We would've slept on the streets or inside the airport if we didn't manage to find a smaller room at another hotel at the last minute.
Priceline wouldn't even help find another place, let alone get us an extra night at Atlantis. Thirdly, hotel utility fees are not included in their advertised price and they play ignorant in letting you know how much those are, in advance. Overall shady, and misleading. The breakfast part I mentioned is a small ordeal but still an outright lie and false advertising by Priceline.
I will NEVER use Priceline again to book another flight. Price match guarantee... yea right. I found a cheaper flight and I called to get them to match it and they said "Sorry. You're out of your date range." I said "excuse me" and they said "Yea sorry. You have to find it within 24 hours." I lost it because NOWHERE on their website or when your booking or the information about price match guarantee for flights does it say you have to do it within 24 hours. I hope everyone stops using them and I will be writing more reviews so everyone sees just how much of a sleazeball company they are.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA -- My daughter was stranded in Daytona Beach Fla and I rented her a car which I thought was cheaper than Greyhound since the bus service wanted $176.00. I only needed a car for 1 day. I went to Priceline website and purchased a rental from Hertz for $9.99/day. I also bought insurance for $22.00. My daughter went to the Airport to pick up car (cab fare $20.00) and Hertz said, "I am sorry, but you must have a credit card or you will have to get money back from Priceline." No refunds. HAHA!
I put in for Avis, everything seemed copacetic and she got home. The next day she took the car back in Tennessee. Avis charged her $500.00 because she returned car out of state because Priceline said not one way. I put one way in and all info on return place of business.
I called customer service at Priceline to say you were restricted and we pick car and place not you so it's your problem. Now I owe $300.00 more to Avis because of Priceline. OMG!! This company has to be held responsible. Has anyone held them responsible? Write back to me and tell me what I can do to get my money back. I am 61 y/o today and on a pension. Can't afford this. Please help me. I have 3 itineraries to prove this and my card statements.
COLORADO -- We booked a trip to Vegas for memorial day weekend. We thought we found a great deal. When we tried to book it the price went up $100. We called and they got us a similar deal... fabulous? No. We made sure that the flight included baggage fees. We specifically asked if it included a carry on item per person. They said yes. We confirmed again saying "We looked on Frontier airlines website and it says $25 per carry on" and the representative specifically said, "Yes this price includes carry on."
We called back when we got the confirmation email because we noticed one of our passenger's names was spelled wrong. They told us we needed to call Frontier so we did and they confirmed the $25 baggage fees. We called Priceline back and said they will do research and get back to us. We have gotten the runaround and have spoken to 10 different people. They refuse to fix their mistake so now the trip is going to cost us another $200 in baggage fees. So much for great prices. Will NEVER use Priceline again! Be warned... horrible customer service.
HUDSONVILLE, MICHIGAN -- I booked a 2-night stay at a hotel through Priceline. I booked for one amount and when I checked out, my receipt showed my charge as being $30 less. When I called to get a refund for the difference in pricing, I was just told that there were "no options" available for a refund or a credit of any kind even though it was a mistake that they had made. I spoke to a "supervisor" who also told me there were absolutely "no options" and they were "sorry" but there was nothing they could do. I've used them several times in the past but this was the last time. I refuse to do business with a company that will not even attempt to make things right when they make mistakes.