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a VirtualTourist member from Tampa

United States of America

Priceline choose your own price

Has anyone booked a flight through Priceline's choose your own price tickets? Tips or suggestions you can give me would be appreciated.



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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Chula Vista

I have in the past but not for a couple years. It was relatively easy to use but did have a lot of restrictions on when you travelled and the number of "segments" flown. Not for everyone but used to have very agressive prices.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Richmond

I have used it before, but wasn't happy cause you don't really know what you get and afterwards , if you want a refund or change your mind, you can't (restrictions) I like orbitzs and expedia that will give you customer support. Vayama has great prices and I like using them, but I got scam by them with no support for over a thousand dollars and still pretty pissed off about that. Use a site with good customer support is my advice.

cheers and happy travels




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Leonardtown

I have used them but only in the distant past. I priced tickets, and then deducted 40% from the price, and specified only one stop, and did get fairly cheap tickets although not the most convenient.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Chicago

You might check out www.betterbidding.com and www.biddingfortravel.com to see if they have a FAQ section for flights. I use Priceline all the time for hotels (and check the websites above for bidding assistance) but doing it for flights makes me too nervous. And I avoid multiple stops flights if at all possible which Priceline doesn't guarantee.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Upper Darby

One thing to be aware of with Priceline flights: if you ask for a flight from City A to City B on Day X, and they find a combination of flights that leave from City A after midnight on Day X, and arrives at City B before midnith on Day X, then you've bought those tickets. It doesn't matter how many plane changes take place, or if the first flight leaves at 12:01 am and the last flight arrives at 11:59 pm -- they've fulfilled their side of the bargain and you are REQUIRED to take their choices. That's the peril of blind bidding.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Marina

I've done the vacation package deals several times and have been very happy with the results, even when the flight was "blind" (didn't see the times). I just got back from a Hotwire "blind" flight trip, and that also worked out fairly well: they both departed pretty early, but they had connections of only an hour or so. Hotwire mentioned the number of connections and the approximate departure times and layover times. And I think Priceline is the same in that respect.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Calabasas

I tried it a few times and I concluded that the small amount of possible savings didn't make up for the ability to get the exact timing I wanted. Especially when making sure you are leaving at the time you want, have enough time to catch the next flight, etc. I never use it anymore. Karl




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Elmira

I've used Priceline often....but not for flights. (Usually just for car rentals and hotels) I like to know what airline I'm dealing with!





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