Now that we've given you an introduction to Priceline, we'll give you a summary of what we thought were the most useful -- and most frustrating -- parts of using the website. Did it successfully persuade us that it was the real deal for online travel booking, or did its negotiations break down?
Let’s go over some of the pros and cons of Priceline so you can decide if it’s right for you.
Overall, Priceline.com is a pretty good website for booking travel accommodations online. Its basic booking functions are fairly reliable, flexible, and straightforward. Its standout feature, however, is its "Name Your Own Price" system. If you're willing to be a bit flexible with your travel plans (and maybe a bit patient, too), you can score pretty significant discounts whether you choose to book flights, hotels, or car rentals. The "Express Deals" system and their "Bonus Cash" and coupon codes can help lower your accommodation prices, too.
Though "Name Your Own Price" is Priceline's signature service, it's also the source of some of Priceline's biggest drawbacks. You can't control all aspects of your itinerary in this system (meaning that you have to leave some to Priceline or the company that they book you with), and your booking can't be changed or cancelled. You also have to research retail prices, or at least be patient (or both), when using "Name Your Own Price". If the price you bid isn't accepted, you may have to change your itinerary before you can bid again. Or, if you don't want to change your itinerary, you may have to start your booking again from scratch.
In short, Priceline gives you the flexibility to choose between being in full control of booking your travel accommodations (albeit at slightly higher prices), or leaving some aspects of your itinerary up to chance in a bid to save money with "Express Deals" or "Name Your Own Price". We'll show you how to use both of these booking methods in the next two sets of tutorials in this course, so stick with us!
We hope this review helped you decide whether or not Priceline is the right travel booking service for you. If you want to use Priceline, check out the rest of our free Priceline course to learn how to book your next vacation. If you don’t think Priceline is quite right for you, have a look at our article on Priceline’s competitors to find a different website that might work better for your needs.
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