Priceline.com - Name Your Own Price Is A Scam
Hotel Room - Complaint
Unfortunately, I have to agree with all the other negative comments regarding Priceline. We have been traveling for six months now and have used Priceline on many occasions. We have experienced everything that many others have complained about: you get the worst room in the hotel, often by the lift and vending machines, you are not able to specify what beds you would like and hidden charges for parking etc are not disclosed. Weighing everything up, we still thought it was worth taking a chance to help save on costs. However, the final straw was when we booked a hotel in Barcelona on name your own price. I bid $90 (plus tax, making a total of $107.86).
I then discovered the hotel we had been given only charged $73 (tax inc) for the same room !!
I contacted Priceline and asked if they would be prepared to refund the difference but they aren't.
This makes me feel that name your own price is a complete scam! The whole point is to hopefully get a hotel at less than the published price as you are taking a chance on not knowing which hotel you will get. Priceline advertise that you can make savings of up to 60% on the published price with name your own price and I ended up paying 45% more! Goodness knows how many other times this has happened as we don't normally have reason to check.
I am not prepared to pay more than the going rate for a, normally substandard, room.
For this reason I will not be using Priceline again and would suggest that others use caution if using name your own price which clearly does not do what it claims to do.