• Report: #965320

Complaint Review: Priceline

  • Submitted: Tue, November 06, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, November 06, 2012

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Pembroke Pines Florida United States of America
Priceline
Internet United States of America

Priceline Our family has used Priceline for many of our trips... that will now cease. Internet

*Consumer Comment: Parking is an Incidental.

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Our family has used Priceline for many of our trips... that
will now cease.

Priceline does not appreciate it's customers nor do they care about delivering a high level of customer service.

We booked through Priceline for our last trip and things were going smoothly until we reached our second hotel in our stay.  SURPRISE! I now have $60 to spend on parking for this hotel.  There is absolutely no free parking.  Nowhere did this disclaimer appear for this hotel on the itinerary or any way to de-select any hotels that do not offer free parking. 
For families who have planned out and budgeted their trips, this could be a big downer.  If we would have stayed
even longer, that price would be even more through the roof.

The hotel stated it's Priceline's problem, not theirs. They said we need to fight it with Priceline so that they give us this money back.

Priceline was called. 
First employee was unhelpful. 
Said that somewhere in the 100000 word hidden contract it says that
incidentals is not covered.  Incidentals
is VERY understandable, but PARKING is not an incidental.  PARKING is a necessity in order to stay
somewhere. It should have given us an option to opt out of paid parking hotels
if that's the case rather than hide a stipulation into their contract that
parking is part of an incidental??

Since this was unacceptable for us that they did not want to
reimburse us or offer us any type of incentive, we requested a supervisor.

Another employee was handed the phone.  Under the impression we were speaking to a
supervisor, we proceeded with explaining our situation again.  Again, there was no desire to help us.  They also said they weren't a supervisor and
they have no supervisor to address our call. 
They told us we could write a letter via MAIL to the corporate office.  When asked if they cared about our continued
business, they basically beat around the bush and insinuated they didn't care
and that it's our fault.

There were no kind words or incentives offered to make
things right or to want us to stay a customer of Priceline.  Everything that you will pay out of pocket
that in real life are not incidentals, is your problem to deal with when you
are already out of town.  There's no
management to oversee their employees on the phone or escalate an issue to.  There's no customer service at all.  In fact, they were pretty much outright rude
on the phone and blamed us for everything. 
Aren't customers always right? Or at least they should be made to feel
that way even if they are not.  Not to
basically make us feel like they are untrustworthy and we are stupid to fall
for their tricks.  Never again will we
use Priceline.  We rather use a service
where everything is disclosed right up front without any surprises on our
trips.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/06/2012 07:43 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Priceline/internet/Priceline-Our-family-has-used-Priceline-for-many-of-our-trips-that-will-now-cease-Int-965320. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Parking is an Incidental.

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Incidentals is VERY understandable, but PARKING is not an incidental.  PARKING is a necessity in order to stay somewhere.

- Yes Parking is an Incidental. as not everyone who stays at a hotel has a car.  I have never seen a Hotel with a policy that says.."no car..no room".  That would be like saying that the Internet should be free because laptop computers and smart phones are a necessity when traveling.

Now, should Priceline give you options to do things such as deselect hotels with certain fees..sure why not.  But if they don't that is not a RipOff.   Of course you could figure that you are going to get hit with various extra incidentals and change your bid(lower) accordingly.

As to your actual "complaint" against Priceline.  Are they the one's charging you for parking.  NO...the Hotel is.  And based on your post it sounds like you think that since parking in your word is a necessity for traveling that it should be included in the room rate.  So where is your RipOff report on the Hotel for charging for parking?
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