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New to sites like Priceline...how do I use them?

Asked by seekingwolf (9847 points ) March 31st, 2011

Anyway, so…my boyfriend and I are planning to make a trip to Philly this May to see a band play. I’m so excited! The thing is, we are young (he’s 20, I’m 21) so neither of us have ever gone on a trip by ourselves (with the exception of college). I’m trying to find the best deals possible for us and I’m totally lost.

I looked into Priceline and found a chain hotel (I’ve stayed in this chain before) in Philly near the airport in late May for the night we need it for $63 a night!! Wow, that is low. Is this a scam? I hope it’s not.

So basically, can I just book the room with my debit/credit card for the $63 and that’s it? I don’t have to pay anything else? (barring that we don’t trash the room, use the mini fridge, etc)

I may stay for 1 or 2 nights…haven’t decided yet. I’m just trying to figure out if the Priceline price is “real” or not. Seems almost too good to be true.

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AmWiser's avatar

Priceline is not a scam. If you like the price that you get, book it now. The only thing is you are locked into it and it cannot be cancelled. I’ve used Priceline on numerous occasions and have been very satisfied. And just be sure to thoroughly read all the information on the website.

seekingwolf's avatar

Nice, so that price is the only thing I’ll pay, right? tax added of course.

I am going to talk to my boyfriend tonight and book it now since it’s an awesome price. I just want to make sure that it really is that low. all the other sites listed ridiculous prices!

AmWiser's avatar

Right. If Priceline has guaranteed the price for you and you’re happy with it, book it now before the price changes. Don’t forget to print out your confirmation to take with you, should you have any problems at the hotel (which usually isn’t likely).

seekingwolf's avatar

Awesome! thank you thank you!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Some hotels contract with third-party websites, like Priceline, at a guaranteed price for a certain number of rooms. From the hotel owner’s aspect, it is more profitable to have a guest paying a reduced rate rather then letting a room go empty.

RareDenver's avatar

@seekingwolf what band are you off to see? in west philladelphia born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days

seekingwolf's avatar

Blackfield.

It’s one of Steven Wilson’s bands. He’s also in Porcupine Tree, which is more well-known than Blackfield.

I can’t wait to see this guy play and sing in person. He’s a musical genius.

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