Priceline to book tickets

Has anyone booked their airfare tickets through Priceline? I found great deals on there that are round way tickets to Rome from San Francisco for $600! It was their "name your own price" deal. It sounds too good to be true...anyone else try this before?

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3060 posts

Of course lots of people have done this before else Priceline wouldn't be in business. You "found" a $600 price or you "bought" it?

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5734 posts

How much are you able to learn about that flight before you actually purchase? Does it tell you how many legs there are to it and what and where your layovers will be? I've known of some people who have saved hundreds of dollars flying to Europe but it's almost always been by making all sorts of concessions (in time and convenience) that I'm not willing to do.

Posted by Laura
Virginia, USA
2888 posts

You might look at the website betterbidding.com or biddingfortravel.com. On both of these sites, people post info on winning bids. I've used priceline for hotels but never for flights. For me, the time of the flights and getting as direct a route as possible are very important to me, so I don't want to take the risk.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3060 posts

You really don't learn much of anything about the flight. That's why I was curious about the OP's statement saying she "found" great deals because if you "found" them before purchasing then you didn't actually do the bidding process. You can indicate your willingness to make 2 or more connections and fly a non-jet plane, but no other details. The flight can leave ANY time on the day you request. If you have problems with the ticket the airlines will absolutely 100% NOT help in any way. They will tell you to call Priceline to deal with any problems. I would have to be pretty desperate to use Priceline for a flight.

Posted by Kristina
Campbell, CA, USA
2 posts

I am pretty desperate to have a cheap flight and may be willing to take some of the inconvenience...although it will be my first time flying to Italy so I don't know how torturous that can be. Thanks Laura for the other websites, I will check them out.

Posted by Jo
Hendersonville, NC
77 posts

That is a really great price and it may be true. We also look for the best price and have had 2 layovers, fine with us if the price is right. One thing to look for is some cheap rates have you spending the night somewhere and taking another flight in the morning....now that is something I wouldn't want to do. Good luck, I'm working on air for May!

Posted by Joanne
Chicago
2 posts

We use Priceline for cars in the US almost every time but never for flights. I would also imagine the trip would take more than a day and several legs of undesirable lengthy layovers from California. Also keep in mind, it is a long trip anyhow and jet lag plus extra stress of additional layovers might not be the best way to start off your trip. I would use this as a very last resort and only if your budget will not allow a trip if the price was higher. Keep in mind also if the layovers are long, you could be stuck in airports eating overpriced, unhealthy airport food which could have gone towards a more desirable plane ticket/flight schedule.

Posted by shirley
Toronto, Canada
295 posts

Another option for finding cheaper flights is to sign up for newsletters on the airline websites. KLM, Air France and Alitalia frequently alert me to special deals which are usually only good for a day or maybe two days. Last year I bought Toronto to Florence Italy for $675 including taxes for a trip in May of this year. Non stop Toronto to Rome and then Rome to Florence. All on Alitalia booked online on the Alitalia website. THis year's sale was more $799 all in. but there are deals to be add if you act as soon as you get the notification. You have a lot more information when you do it this way.