(Closed) Priceline's name your own price question

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You may want to look into autoslash.com where you book your rental car through them, they send the reservation off to the car company, and they automatically rebook you if the price drops. That has saved me tons on car rentals. I’d be very wary of Priceline car booking at Orlando simply because there are a lot of very small car rental companies there— companies I’ve never heard of outside of Orlando Airport– and they all seem to have some weird hidden rules that drive up the costs.  I would not want to find myself locked into a rental from some company that is going to charge me an arm and a leg for taking it out of state or returning it early or driving through a toll road using their SunPass. Some of these smaller companies have odd ideas on what a “compact” car is. Like you get a little red wagon and an AM radio 😀

As for priceline bidding, “do you normally get the price you name” really depends on how far off the going rate you bid. Bid 80% and you’ll be likely to get it; bid 25% and you’ll be unlikely. There’s entire internet forums devoted just to priceline bidding so I’d ask Google for some advice on finding those.  I tend to not use priceline because I’ve ended up with some stupidly long layovers or really crappy hotels through them.

Also check with your existing car insurance policy and the credit card with which you will pay the rental, as the car rental insurance is really expensive, and very rarely actually worth it, since chances are you’re already covered by your current policy or credit card.

Post # 4
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’ve tried a few times but I always bid really low so my bids never get accepted lol.And I’ve only ever attempted with flights. I think it gives you a suggested bid price (like 20-40% below the listed price). Of course if you bid at the lowest you can (40%), there is a strong chance your bid wouldnt be accepted. Not sure how the rental cars work, but basically when you bid on a flight, you have to take whatever they give you. So that’s probably how the rental cars work as well.

Post # 7
6996 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think the lowest i’ve bid for a car on priceline that was accepted was $15 – I always low ball it. I’ve only ever done it in Baltimore and Punta Gorda FL (which is a tiny airport!) Never had issues but they will try and pile on costs when you go to pick up the car like insurance and stuff. Just say no thanks i’ve paid for everything i’m interested in.

Post # 8
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My mother does this all the time with rental cars and gets great deals.  Just bid low and the worst that can happen is they say no and then you try again!

Post # 9
47214 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also remember that cars picked up at locations away from the airport are usually much less expensive. Some companies even offer a free shuttle to their location from the airport. For the rest, it’s usually a quick cab ride.

Post # 10
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

As I recall, the taxes on rental cars in Florida are really high.  Your bid won’t include any of those taxes and fees.  Definitely do some research.

Post # 11
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

it really depends on what city you’re looking to travel in. I use priceline for hotels and rentals and the cheapest I ever got was 8 dollars for a rental car in Seattle. In Vegas cheapest was about 13 dollars. Miami was in the 15 dollar range for a cruise weekend.


Post # 12
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree with @julies1949:  We did this the time before last when we flew into Orlando.  It saved us a lot of money to not rent a car from the airport.  We had to pay a taxi but it was still less than we would have spent at the airport car rental!

Post # 13
67 posts
Worker bee

I’ve never done it for a rental car, but I have for hotels – and gotten AWESOME deals.  Honestly, it depends on the area.  Dallas, Chicago, Memphis and Atlanta, you can often get 3-star hotels for $60 (or less).

You should be able to bid 30% less and get what you want.  If you want a hotel that is normally $100/night, and other hotels in the area are similar in price, you should be able to get it for $70 or less.

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