Working with Priceline's Feature Name Your Own Price
Priceline has Name Your Own Price feature. It's really a very killer feature if you know how to use it. In this article I'm going to tell you exactly how. I have used Name Your Own Price successfully for renting cars, hotels and airfare.
Tips on Name Your Own Price for renting a car: Whenever possible, rent a car by the week, and pick a smaller airport. Begin your rental on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Pick the smallest class vehicle, you can get away with. With a little bit of luck, you'll get a free upgrade to the next size class. Today's modern cars don't really take a big hit in the gist of trading up from say a subcontract to a compact class.
Unless you have a driving need, stay away from the major airports. For example, instead of JFK or ERW, try PHL or ISP. These sites are much more likely to give you a better deal on Name Your Own Price.
Tips on Name Your Own Price and Motels: The financial districts in many cities on weekends, for Friday and Saturday night stays can really go begging in the three and four star hotels. I have been successful getting 66-75% off the published retail rates. If you're renting a car, take as many neighborhoods, as is feasible on the map area. If Priceline doesn't tell you where the best deals are, by star level, shoot for the 2 1/2 star range. Often you'll be upgraded to a three-star. If the area you're going to is a tourist area that happens to be off-peak, you shouldn't have any problem saving the least 50% off what Priceline first displays. Of course, this does not work with all cities. San Diego is always on peak. The best you can do is be very flexible in your geography. However, this same city has an abundance of rental cars, so you can be aggressive on Name Your Own Price.
Name Your Own Price with airfare: Be very careful here. You could be at the airport. As early as 5 a.m. up to say, midnight. For me, Name Your Own Price works best on international travel. This is because for the airlines. That's where the profits are. Domestic travel in many routes has already been cut to the bone. Do your research on your international flights first. There isn't that many of them scattered around the clock. Most of the flights from the East Coast of the US, crossing the pond tend to be in the early evening.
When doing Name Your Own Price you may have to go, what appears to be, really low, because the next page shows the price with taxes. For example, a $500 bid, across the pond actually comes out to about $900 with taxes, shown on the next page. As a rule of thumb, I save 33 to 40% over the lowest published airfare on international travel. Sure, I'm giving up miles on any facet of Name Your Own Price. And I'm saving cold hard cash, my own.
There is one area where you can save on price on airfare Priceline and Name Your Own Price. That is package deal on Name Your Own Price & Save up to 50%. If you have say a family emergency, and need to go quickly, sometimes my own site offers incredible last-minute deals, even domestically.
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