Priceline - Hidden fees in car rental
ROBBINSDALE -- Thankfully, I didn't go through with my recent Priceline bid for a car rental Las Vegas. I had detailed information about all the various tax and fees levied when renting at the Las Vegas Internation airport, and I was confused when my total price page came up on Priceline because the taxes and fees they levied were more than twice what would have actually been levied by the various taxing agencies. Priceline states on their website (you have to click around a little) that the taxes and fees they levy are estimates, and that they keep any discrepancy as a fee for service. But this was ridiculous--renting the car from the company directly for the same price would have cost me half of what Priceline charged for taxes and fees. The Priceline fees negated any savings that using their bidding service would have won me, in addition to having to assume the risk of paying in advance with no possibility of a refund. Beware--Priceline doesn't itemize their taxes and fees if you are bidding--so it will be next to impossible to realize what a huge fee they've tacked on unless you research the actual tax rates and fees that will be charged to you at any given location. I got a fabulous price on an airline ticket through Priceline last year--so I'm not saying not to use the service, but please be extra careful.