Hotel room: $150/night
Rental car: $60/day
Airfare: a whole whole lot!
Not to mention all of the random expenses like going out to eat or any fun activities you want to do while you are gone.
Since I’m pretty sure I might be insane, I agreed to leave the morning after I got back from a blogging conference in Colorado to go with my husband and children on a trip to ANOTHER conference in another state. Yes, insane.
But with the insanity of taking two back to back trips, I have felt a little more sane knowing that we could save a whole lot of money by using the “name your own price” section of Priceline.com along the way.
So what exactly is Priceline?
It’s a website that lets you name your own price for hotels, rental cars and flights! You can pick any price you want and they will check their system to see if a company would be willing to go that low.
But there is a catch…
You can’t choose which hotel you stay in, which rental car company you use, or which airline you fly when you use the “name your own price” option. You pick the quality you want, or the size car you want, and then Priceline assigns you to a hotel or car rental company that meets your selection requirements.
We have scored some incredible deals by using Priceline like my rental car last weekend being 50% off, and the hotel we are staying in tonight being almost 70% off (for a VERY nice family-friendly hotel).
I mentioned on the Surviving The Stores Facebook page earlier today that I found a great deal on our hotel for tonight and a couple of readers posted two sites that are helpful when determining what price to bid (so that you don’t go too low or too high):
Both of these sites list what people have paid in cities across the nation by using Priceline, as well as giving you an idea of which hotel/rental car company/airline you are likely to receive when you bid.
I’d love to hear your Priceline experiences! Have you have good experiences? Bad experiences? What other sites do you use to find the best travel deals?