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    This is going to come off as me being cheap, but hey, its who I am. Has anyone ever used the name your own price thing on priceline for airline tickets? If you have, do you think its possible to get cheap airline tickets to Florida (like $50-$100) by using the name your own price feature?



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    Re: Priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    This is going to come off as me being cheap, but hey, its who I am. Has anyone ever used the name your own price thing on priceline for airline tickets? If you have, do you think its possible to get cheap airline tickets to Florida (like $50-$100) by using the name your own price feature?
    Why? That's what it's for? But, no I haven't tried it. I always have a set time I need to leave.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Why? That's what it's for? But, no I haven't tried it. I always have a set time I need to leave.
    Well Im going to try it, regardless of what everyone says. I just want to know if I actually have a good chance at getting them for that cheap



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    Re: Priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    This is going to come off as me being cheap, but hey, its who I am. Has anyone ever used the name your own price thing on priceline for airline tickets? If you have, do you think its possible to get cheap airline tickets to Florida (like $50-$100) by using the name your own price feature?

    It's not nearly what Bill Shatner claims it to be in the commercials. You can save some money, but nobody is giving away hotel rooms or plane tickets. I'd be scared ******** to fly on any airline that would actually sell me a $50 ticket. Look at Southwest. Sure, they don't charge extra for bags and their fares are generally cheaper. But oh look, their planes are full of cracks and fall apart in mid air.



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    Re: Priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    Well Im going to try it, regardless of what everyone says. I just want to know if I actually have a good chance at getting them for that cheap
    The price you get depends on what the going rate of tickets are at the time you want to fly. Generally priceline says you can get up to a 60% discount using the Name Your Own Price feature, and I have gotten that before. I highly doubt you will get a $50-$100 ticket. You'd have better luck monitoring Allegiant for good deals.



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    Also, you have to agree to pay up front before they tell you whether your bid is accepted or not. You also will have to agree to fly anytime between like 6am and 9pm on the dates you list. You won't know what the actual flights are until after your bid has been accepted and you have already been charged.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    It's not nearly what Bill Shatner claims it to be in the commercials. You can save some money, but nobody is giving away hotel rooms or plane tickets. I'd be scared ******** to fly on any airline that would actually sell me a $50 ticket. Look at Southwest. Sure, they don't charge extra for bags and their fares are generally cheaper. But oh look, their planes are full of cracks and fall apart in mid air.
    It used to be. Back before Bill was doing their ads my family was consistently staying at 4 and 5 star hotels for $30-40 a night.


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    Re: Priceline

    Good luck getting them for $50 or $100, just doubt it will happen. Since airlines typically overbook flights by 15%, it's not like there are a ton of extra seats since they know the flights are overbooked and can fill them.

    I tried to this method with tickets to Las Vegas, bid $200 on a $300/flight and the airline didn't accept it.

    Don't know where you're going, but a quick search from DSM to Orlando is $236 /fees included based on flying next week as dates. I would be pretty happy paying $236 to fly to Florida.



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    Re: Priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    This is going to come off as me being cheap, but hey, its who I am. Has anyone ever used the name your own price thing on priceline for airline tickets? If you have, do you think its possible to get cheap airline tickets to Florida (like $50-$100) by using the name your own price feature?
    I tried the name your own price once for airline tickets about 3 years ago so things might have changed. They came back with a counter offer for a price higher than mine but not a bad offer.
    At that point I had the choice of accepting the counter offer at which time you pay without knowing the exact details or you can decline. If I remember correctly, the counter offer had a time limit of something like 2 hours that you had to accept.

    Just remember you have to be flexible with your schedule.


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    Re: Priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by vmbplayer View Post
    It used to be. Back before Bill was doing their ads my family was consistently staying at 4 and 5 star hotels for $30-40 a night.

    This is true. In the early days of Priceline, you could get some great hotel deals.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Three4Cy View Post
    Good luck getting them for $50 or $100, just doubt it will happen. Since airlines typically overbook flights by 15%, it's not like there are a ton of extra seats since they know the flights are overbooked and can fill them.

    I tried to this method with tickets to Las Vegas, bid $200 on a $300/flight and the airline didn't accept it.

    Don't know where you're going, but a quick search from DSM to Orlando is $236 /fees included based on flying next week as dates. I would be pretty happy paying $236 to fly to Florida.

    Yeah, Im not expecting to get them that cheap, but its worth a shot. Im looking at Ft Lauderdale, if I could get them for less than $250 then I would be pretty happy



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8 View Post
    I tried the name your own price once for airline tickets about 3 years ago so things might have changed. They came back with a counter offer for a price higher than mine but not a bad offer.
    At that point I had the choice of accepting the counter offer at which time you pay without knowing the exact details or you can decline. If I remember correctly, the counter offer had a time limit of something like 2 hours that you had to accept.

    Just remember you have to be flexible with your schedule.
    Yes, they still do this, but not always. That is why my strategy is always to start with a major low-ball offer and then work your way up in small increments. If they decline the offer there is no penalty and when you start to get close to their price point you will get counter-offers.



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    Re: Priceline

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    This is going to come off as me being cheap, but hey, its who I am. Has anyone ever used the name your own price thing on priceline for airline tickets? If you have, do you think its possible to get cheap airline tickets to Florida (like $50-$100) by using the name your own price feature?
    Very, very doubtful you can get tickets in that price range.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bpmcclain View Post
    Yeah, Im not expecting to get them that cheap, but its worth a shot. Im looking at Ft Lauderdale, if I could get them for less than $250 then I would be pretty happy
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    Re: Priceline

    That deal with Delta looks pretty good. Probably going to try the low-ball offer but will end up with a deal like that, which is still a pretty good deal



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