How to Book Car Rentals on Priceline

Need a vehicle for getting around, whether close to home or away from home?  Priceline.com has you covered. The booking process is basically the same as it is on other accommodation booking websites, but is done in a slightly different order. First, you enter a location that you're going to pick up your car from and drop off your car at, and the times at which you will be doing so. Then, you select a car type and a company to rent from. Follow that up by entering your driver and contact information, and you're all set!

To book a rental car on Priceline:

  1. Go to www.priceline.com and click Cars.
  2. Enter a rental location, pick-up date & time, and drop-off date & time.
  3. Select a car type and company to rent it from.
  4. Select whether or not you want additional collision insurance.
  5. ​Enter your driver and contact information, and confirm your order.

Stuck spinning your wheels? Let's get you out of the ditch with more detailed directions, and screenshots to give you a better road map for the process.

Detailed instructions for how to reserve a car rental

  1. Open your web browser and go to www.priceline.com. In the menu across the top of the screen, click Cars.

    Priceline car rentals menu

  2. Type in an airport, city, or point of interest near where you wish to pick up your rental car. Then, select your pick-up date and time, as well as your drop-off date and time.

    Choose pickup and dropoff points

    You can also click the check box labelled "Have a Discount Code?" if you have a way to get a discount on a certain rental car company's rates. In the box that appears, select the company that you have a discount for, and then enter your discount code in the appropriate box.

    When you've entered all of your information, click Search Rental Cars.

  3. You will see a grid with available car types, along with the rental companies that provide them. For more options, click Previous or Next in the top-right corner. Click on an option in the grid to select it. Click Reserve It in the window that pops up to confirm your selection.

    Car rental reserve button

  4. You have just a few more things to do before your car rental is complete. First, select whether or not you want additional insurance coverage in the "Add Collision Damage Coverage" section. Click one of the buttons here to select whether you want it or not.

    Priceline optional insurance form

  5. Next, you'll have to enter your driver's information (as it appears on your driver's license) and your contact information.

    Driver information form

    In the "Driver Information" section, click in the respective boxes and type in:

    – Your first name
    – Your middle initial (optional)
    – Your last name
    – Your Blue Chip membership number (optional)

    Next, in the "Your Contact Information" section, click in the respective boxes and type in:

    – Your first name
    – Your last name
    – Your phone number
    – Your email address
    – A copy of your email address

  6. When you've entered all of your information, click Reserve My Rental Car at the bottom of the page.

    Priceline reservation confirmation button

You should receive confirmation of your order, either on the next screen or in your email inbox. Be sure to print it out and take it with you when you pick up your car, so the rental company can tell which one you reserved. Also remember, that you will pay when you pick up your rental car, which is why you didn't have to enter any billing information for your order.

 

That's a wrap on our walkthrough of how to reserve a rental car on Priceline! 


How to Book Flights on Priceline

Looking to get a good deal on a flight out of town? Priceline can help you do it! The process for booking a flight on Priceline is similar to how it's done on most other travel booking platforms: enter where you're coming from and where you're going (and when), and then search for available flights. Pick a flight that suits you (or two, or three), enter your travelling information, pick your seats, and then check out by entering your payment information.

To book a Priceline flight:

  1. Go to www.priceline.com and click Flights.

  2. Enter criteria to search for suitable flights.

  3. Select from available flights.

  4. Enter insurance preference and each traveller's information.

  5. Select seats for each passenger on each flight.

  6. Enter your billing information and confirm your order.

If that's as clear as mud to you, read on for more detailed instructions. We have pictures to show you where everything you need to click is.

Detailed instructions for booking Priceline flights

  1. Open your web browser and go to www.priceline.com. In the menu across the top, click Flights.

    Priceline Flights menu

  2. Now, you must enter search criteria to look for a flight.

    Enter flight search criteria

    First, select whether your flight will be "Round Trip," "One Way," or "Multi-Destination" (the interface may change slightly depending on which one you pick). Then, enter the city or airport that you are departing from, and then the one you will be arriving at. Then, select a departure date and (if applicable) a return date. Finally, select the numbers of adults and children (respectively) who will be taking the flight together.

    If you click the "More Options" check box, you can also select preferences for seat class, airline, alternate departure or return dates, or for non-stop or unrestricted flights.

    When you've finished entering your specifications, click Search Flights.

  3. At the top of your results screen, you can use the options at the top of the screen to filter your results by airline, number of stops, or departure time.

    Filter Priceline search results

  4. You can also click any of the headings at the top of your result list to sort your results by Price, Airline, Departure (Time), Stops, Arrival (Time), or Travel Time. When you find a flight that you like, click Choose beside it.

    Choose flight screen

    (NOTE: If you have to choose additional flights for your trip, including return flights, then they will follow an almost identical procedure).

  5. On the next screen, you can choose whether or not to get trip insurance in the "We Recommend Trip Protection" section. Click the button beside your choice.

    Priceline insurance options

  6. Next, for each passenger over the age of 2, fill in their information.  For adults, the required information is:

    – Your first name
    – Your last name
    – Your month of birth
    – Your date of birth
    – Your year of birth
    – Your gender

    All other information is optional.

    Personal information form

    Finally, select the number of passengers under the age of 2 who will be travelling with you (they get to ride for free!). Then click Next at the bottom.

  7. Next, you will have to select which seats you wish to occupy for each flight.

    Flight seat options screen

    Click on an available seat in the airplane seating diagram to select it.  Then click Next Flight and repeat this process until you have selected seats in all flights you will be taking on this trip.  When you're finished, click Done Selecting Seats.

    Repeat this step for each other child and/or adult over the age of 2 who is travelling with you.

  8. The last step is to enter your billing details and confirm your order.

    Priceline billing details page

    In the "Important Information" section, click in the box labelled "Initial Here" and type in your initials.  Then, in the section labelled "Enter Your Billing Address", click in the respective boxes and type in or select:

    – Your first name
    – Your last name
    – Your street address
    – They country in which you live
    – The city or town in which you live
    – The state, province, or territory in which you live
    – Your mailing code
    – A phone number at which you can be reached in the daytime
    – A phone number at which you can be reached in the evening
    – Your email address
    – A copy of your email address

    Make sure as much of this information matches how it appears on your credit card statement!

    Next, in the section labelled "Enter Your Credit Card", click in the respective boxes and type in or select:

    – Your credit card type
    – Your credit card number
    – The month that your credit card expires
    – The year that your credit card expires
    – Your credit card's security code (click What's This? for help finding it)

  9. When you're all done, click Buy My Tickets Now at the bottom of the screen.

    Priceline booking button

You should receive confirmation information on your flight tickets, either on the next screen or in your email inbox, which you should print out.  You will probably need it when you go to check in for your flight during boarding.

That’s about all you need to know about booking a flight on Priceline! In case your plans happen to change, be sure to read up on the Priceline cancellation policy.


How to Book Hotels on Priceline

Cheap hotel bookings are a breeze to get with Priceline! The process for doing so is similar to those on competitor websites, but is a bit more streamlined: first, pick a destination, check-in/check-out dates, and number of rooms to book. Then, pick out your hotel and your specific rooms. Finally, enter your identification and payment information, and you're all done!

To book a Priceline hotel:

  1. Go to www.priceline.com and click Hotels.

  2. Enter your destination, check-in date, check-out date, and number of rooms that you wish to book.

  3. Select a hotel from the list of available options.

  4. Select which room(s) you wish to book.

  5. Enter your traveller and billing information, and confirm your order.

Need more than that to go on? No problem! Below is a full set of directions, complete with screenshots to point you in the right direction.

Detailed instructions on how to book a hotel room on Priceline

  1. Open your web browser and go to www.priceline.com.  In the menu across the top of the screen, click Hotels.

    Priceline Hotels menu

  2. On the next screen, type in an airport, city, or point of interest near where you would like a hotel. Then, select your check-in and check-out dates, as well as the number of rooms that you will require. Then click Search Hotels.

    Enter search criteria for hotels

  3. On the next screen, you will pick the hotel that you wish to stay in.

    Choose a hotel by clicking on it

    You can click the drop-down menu labelled "Sort By" to sort your search results by popularity, price, or average user rating. You can also use the options on the left to filter your search results by name, star rating, price, available amenities, and general area.

    Once you've found a hotel that you like, click Choose beside it.

  4. The next screen has details about the hotel that you've chosen, including photos, an amenities list, and comments that other Priceline users have made about the hotel.  Scroll down to see the rooms available in this hotel for your chosen time period. Click Book beside the one that you want.

    Priceline Book button

    If you have indicated that you would like to book multiple rooms, repeat this step for each room.

  5. You're almost done! To finish up, you need to input your personal and billing information.

    Priceline personal information booking form

    First, under the "Reservation Name" section, click in the respective boxes and type in the first and last names of the person who will be checking into the hotel for your party.

    Next, under the "Enter Your Billing Address" section, click in the respective boxes and type in or select:

    – Your first name
    – Your last name
    – Your street address
    – The country in which you live
    – The city or town in which you live
    – The state, province, or territory in which you live
    – Your mailing code
    – Your phone number
    – Your email address
    – A copy of your email address

  6. Finally, in the section labelled "Enter Your Credit Card," click in the respective boxes and type in or select:

    – Your credit card number
    – The month that your credit card expires
    – The year that your credit card expires
    – Your credit card's security code (click What's This? for help finding it)

    Priceline billing details booking form

    When you're all set, click Book My Hotel Room Now.

You should get confirmation information about your booking, either on the next screen or in your email inbox. Be sure to print it out, as you may need it when you check into your hotel.

 

That’s all the information you need on booking a hotel through Priceline! If you need a rental car while you’re away on vacation, check out our next tutorial on booking a Priceline car rental to learn how. In case your plans change, you might want to read up on the Priceline cancellation policy so you know how to make changes or cancel your booking if necessary.