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Priceline for rental cars

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by kinkette, Jun 24, 2014.

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  1. kinkette

    kinkette Low-Roller

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    Has anyone used Priceline to rent a car? They have excellent prices but I'm a little nervous to try them out...
     
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  2. zignerlv

    zignerlv Low-Roller

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    I did once, it went fine. Just know that you pay in full up front and it is non refundable and non changable. If you change your plans you lose. If you can handle that risk you can save money by going with them.
     
  3. Snidely

    Snidely VIP Whale

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    Go to carrentals.com. I use them and they seem to be the best prices. No credit card needed so you can rebook if the price goes down. A couple weeks ago I booked a compact car for 9 days in Vegas for $280 and just checked tonight and I modified my reservation to a full size for $200. This is with Dollar.
     
  4. feeltheheat

    feeltheheat Low-Roller

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    Why?
    And they even take dinner reservations now :)
     
  5. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    I had booked a rental thru Dollar for my last trip and had looked at using Priceline all the way up to my trip. You can get a feel for what they will accept on a car rental bid by looking at what they offer and what prices Hotwire lists. If you can't beat the Hotwire price and it's lower, you could go with that.. But, back to my story, I kept checking and couldn't beat it. I was already in town and was to pick up my rental at 6pm at the airport. About 3PM, I thought I would check Priceline again. Sure enough, I got to bid on the same size car that I was getting from Dollar and won that bid. I ended up spending less total and keeping the car for more days as well. (The car ended up being thru Hertz who's prices were a lot higher on their site.)

    So, Priceline is great for rentals, especially if you can beat the cancellable back up you already have, even on the day of pick up :thumbsup:
     
  6. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    This is my strategy and it has worked several times in other cities, my bid was accepted by Avis or Hertz. Never a problem, the rental agency would rather have a car out earning money than sitting in the lot collecting dust. You will still get the standard upsell pitch, the attempt to sell more insurance, and asked to rent a GPS. No, no, and hell no!
     
  7. kinkette

    kinkette Low-Roller

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    Thanks for all the input - I'll take all the advise and when I write my trip report I'll let you know how it went!!
     
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