Take the Guess Work out of Priceline’s Name Your Price

August 12, 2008

Priceline.com is perhaps one of the best online travel sites out there, pioneering the “Name Your Price” model. While the site offers discounted prices on hotels, airfare, car rentals and vacations much like competitors like Expedia and Orbitz, it distinguishes itself from these competitors by offering this unique “Name Your Price” feature.

The only catch with this feature is that once you specify your criteria, you don’t have control over what you get. For example, in Las Vegas, bidding on a 4 star hotel could land you the Tropicana, which is certainly not in the same category as the Monte Carlo or Treasure Island.

Hotwire is the only other site that comes close to offering something similar to Priceline. They offer deeply discounted prices on airfares and hotels, but don’t reveal the details until you pay.

In both cases, there is a site (well, more of a forum) that allows would-be travellers to inquire about what they might end up with if they were to name their own price on Priceline or if they were to accept a deeply discounted price on Hotwire. This site is betterbidding.com, operated by actual people and having used them myself, I can say with some certainty that they generally get it right.

Update – You can now See Winning Hotel Bids in Top Cities on Priceline.com

Happy bidding!

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9 Responses to Take the Guess Work out of Priceline’s Name Your Price

  1. Morris B. on May 11, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    I can’t believe how helpful that betterbidding.com resource is. Much appreciated!

    • Velvet on December 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM

      A bit suprirsed it seems to simple and yet useful.

  2. Scott on May 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    In some ways, I still appreciate the dying breed of the travel agent: another human that could listen to your needs and try to find you the best option.

    • Snow on December 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM

      Me and this article, sitting in a tree, L-E—R-NAI-N-G!

  3. Mary Truman on May 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    I’ve used Expedia for my last two trips to Europe, but I’m looking forward to trying some of these other sites you listed. Especially considering there is a “name your price” option out there.

  4. Gina Cittone on April 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    I usually get a little strung out whenever I plan to travel somewhere, so any resource that makes the experience smoother is a godsend. Thanks for the reviews/links!

  5. Home Care Franchise on April 25, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Really appreciate the info — I usually trust reviews before using any site/product, so betterbidding.com is a really good find. Thanks!

  6. Anita Reece on April 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Thank you for this post! I have always just checked Hotwire, but I love the “Name Your Price” concept on Priceline…

  7. Bluegreen Kirk on March 15, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    I have heard of the other two and like you mention Hotwire doesnt reveal anything really until after you pay. I will def check out the betterbidding site. thanks for the heads up!

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