ED Magedson – Founder
Priceline Bait and Switch/Fraud Norwalk CT
I booked a reservation through the Priceline.com website for a 2-night stay (Jan. 24 and 25, 2014) at the Travelodge Hotel in Great Barrington, MA early this week. At the time I made the reservation, the website clearly stated that I could cancel at no charge through 5 p.m. today - January 23, 2014. I had considerable difficulty getting Priceline customer service on the phone today to cancel the reservation. When I finaly reached a Priceline representative, he told me that the deadline for no fee cancellation was Tuesday, January 23. I pointed out that today is Thursday January 23rd.
He switched his story at that point and starting insisting that the deadline was noon today and that I had missed the cutoff (which he claimed was noon today) by a few minutes. I told him that the Priceline website clearly stated at the time I made the reservation that 5 p.m. was the cutoff. He would not budge and told me my only options were to pay for both nights or pay a one-night penalty and not stay at the hotel at all.
I called the hotel directly. They informed me that Priceline had put through the cancellation but the hotel will not receive one penny of the "cancellation fee."
I will not be giving Priceline any business in the future.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/23/2014 11:10 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/priceline/select-stateprovince/priceline-bait-and-switchfraud-norwalk-ct-1117865. 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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