I booked four rooms for Orlando. I requested a top level hotel in the area; in which case the highest level was a 3 star at $99 per night suggested retail. The equivalent quality hotels that Priceline used to describe this level were Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton and Embassy Suites.
However, what I got was a Holiday Inn that I have stayed at before several times. I was shocked. I went to the ICHotels.com (Holiday Inn) website and saw that the advanced purchase for this room is $4 less per night PLUS I would get the points to their frequent traveler program as opposed to none for Priceline.
1.Priceline equates Holiday Inn with those brands listed above. No reasonable jury would return that verdict and you don't have to be a frequent traveler like me to know that. This is just flat out wrong and deceptive.
2.The suggested price for a 3 star in this area is $99 according their website, and while that is true for the top brands you equate with the Holiday Inn, it is NOT true for the Holiday Inn that they sold me. Not even close.
3.When confronted them, Priceline's customer service department solution to equal IC Hotels rate is unacceptable as it does not make up for the loss of points that I could have earned.
All in all, I am really disappointed in Priceline; their policies are unethical and flat out poor business practice for the long term. I can say that my previous 4 years of using them almost weekly I had good experiences. Perhaps they are getting greedy. It is a shame to see a once great service fall into such shameful practices that will no doubt lead to its demise.
Raleigh, North Carolina