Priceline.com Compliment - An excellent experience, contrary to what many reviews here state
I almost didn't book this trip, based on the reviews I read here. But I also had to say, once I read and understood the limitations of this service, and the dumb things a lot of customers expected, and did, I decided to give it a try anyway.
Am I ever glad I did. The bottom line is, you have to do a little research before you book a hotel. So long as you have a little flexibility in the flight times (times of day, not the date) that worked nicely too. For the hotel, they will not GUARANTEE your room type. Once you understand that, there are ways to really extend the odds of getting what you want (ie: king or two doubles etc). You're also NOT likely going to get the best view in any of these hotels, but if you have any chance at all, when you call the hotel, after you book, ask them!!!!!!!!!! If it's available they'll likely put you down for it (again, no guarantees, but what the heck!)
In my opinion it was all worth it. We looked into two high end 4 star hotels. The first, I called to see how booked they were and they were in the range of 80-90% booked for the dates I wanted(there was a convention booked for that weekend). I knew right away, there was little or no chance of getting the king room I wanted. The second hotel, had only around half that booked, and while again they said they couldn't GUARANTEE I got a king if I booked, there was a much better chance I would. Because it was only 5 days before the date I wanted to go, and knew there was no chance a huge convention would get booked there in the next 4 days, I decided to give it a try.
Of course, BTW, I checked various reviews on the hotel I ultimately booked, before I did.
The flight was fine. It had one connection, as expected. the hotel was beyond my expectations. I got my king room, and lousy view. but I paid well less than half of what the hotel was usually getting.
All in all, this was a great experience, and I will do it again in a heart-beat.
For all you people who complain about your experience, most of you should chalk it up to not thinking before you booked. I'm sure there are some legitimate bad experiences, but I hardly think this company is "corrupt" as some reviews suggest.
Any service oriented company like this is going to have complaints, valid or otherwise. If you do a little homework, use a little common sense, this is an amazing way to save a ton of money, if you like to travel.
BTW, I paid $379 per person for airfare AND HOTEL (when the cheapest airfare alone I could find, with one stop, was $360 return per person)for a hotel usually charging $125/night.
I have NO idea how they can do that, but it was a great trip and can't wait to do it again.