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How to Use Priceline to Save on Travel

I don’t find out about you, however one among my most fun resolutions for this 12 months is to journey extra. So as to make this a actuality, although, I want to give you the chance to lower your expenses wherever I can on the journeys that I plan for my household.

One of many largest instruments in my money-saving arsenal is to use an internet journey company website, like Priceline, anytime I’m prepared to e book. This might help me save tons whether or not I’m attempting to discover flights, motels, rental vehicles, and even e book a cruise or trip bundle.

Whereas Priceline is a reasonably easy platform to use for journey reserving, there are a couple of options that may prevent much more cash than you’d anticipate.

Categorical Offers present you star stage and placement, not the identify of the lodge. Picture supply: Priceline.

Categorical Offers

As soon as upon a time, Priceline had a instrument referred to as Identify Your Personal Value. This allowed you to bid for flights, motels, and rental vehicles, discovering corporations who would settle for the supply(s) you have been keen to make. It was a little bit of a chance and also you have been primarily “shopping for blind,” however the instrument was an ideal alternative to save.

Sadly, that instrument was phased out a couple of years in the past for flights and rental vehicles. It’s now solely obtainable for lodge stays and solely accessible via the Priceline cellular app.

Nonetheless, if you happen to’re nonetheless itching to lower your expenses — and don’t thoughts shopping for blind — there’s another choice. You’ll be able to nonetheless save large utilizing Priceline Categorical Offers … saving up to 60% off, in truth.

With Categorical Offers, you’re able to choose up unbelievable costs on motels, so long as you’re a bit of versatile (and trusting). All you want to do is select your vacation spot metropolis and journey dates, and Priceline will aid you discover an ideal deal on a shock reserving.

When you gained’t give you the chance to select the precise lodge you’ll get via Categorical Offers, you possibly can select the facilities you want and even the lodge high quality you need. You’ll see the worth you’re paying in addition to your general financial savings. As quickly as you e book the room, you’ll be informed the place you’re staying (however, watch out as a result of these are non-refundable purchases). And you may change to the map view and see precisely the place your lodge choices are positioned.

A screen shot of the Priceline Trip Builder tool

Priceline allows you to bundle airfare, lodge, and extra. Picture supply: Priceline.

Journey Builder (new)

Generally, you simply want a lodge room. In the event you’re planning a giant journey or household trip, although, you’ll want much more: lodge rooms, rental vehicles, and even flights.

Thanks to Priceline’s new Journey Builder characteristic, you possibly can bundle all of these journey wants into one handy bundle and save vital cash.

With Journey Builder, you possibly can mix any two or three wants from flights, motels, and a automobile. In the event you’ll be bouncing round, you possibly can add a number of lodge stays to the bundle and additional enhance your financial savings.

Your Journey Builder reserving will all be listed below the identical affirmation quantity, making it simpler than ever to observe your whole reservations in a single place. You’ll additionally get pleasure from a few of Priceline’s greatest offers within the course of, leaving extra jingle in your pocket for issues like souvenirs and experiences.

Greatest Value Assure

Each on occasion, I’ll e book a room or a flight for an upcoming journey, solely to discover that the worth goes even decrease the very subsequent day. Generally, that worth continues to drop, reminding me of how a lot cash I misplaced out on.

Fortunately, you possibly can study from my errors. That’s as a result of if you happen to e book a flight, lodge room, rental automobile, or cruise via Priceline, you’ll be lined by their Greatest Value Assure.

With this assure, you possibly can obtain a 100% worth adjustment if the worth of your reservation drops within the 24 hours after you e book. In the event you booked an Categorical Deal, Priceline is not going to solely offer you double that — 200% of the distinction! — however you’ll even have all the way in which till midnight the evening earlier than you journey to file your Greatest Value Assure declare.

There are some necessities, after all: the lower-price itinerary should be publicly accessible (no navy reductions or particular pricing platforms), the main points should match precisely, and a few airways are excluded (Spirit, British Airways, and KLM, to identify a couple of).

Even nonetheless, this assure means added peace of thoughts while you journey. And maybe even additional financial savings in your pocket after you’ve already booked.

Double up on financial savings

Need to make your Priceline expertise much more profitable? Then double up on the financial savings.

There are a couple of methods to do that. You’ll be able to:

  • Go to Priceline’s web site via a purchasing portal akin to Rakuten (which is at the moment providing up to 5% again on your bookings)
  • Use a journey rewards bank card to earn additional miles or factors on your reservations made via Priceline
  • Be part of Priceline’s membership program, providing you with entry to further members-only reductions and straightforward journey administration
  • Get the Priceline Rewards Visa bank card, which provides 5x bonus factors again per $1 spent on priceline.com purchases

In truth, you should utilize a couple of of those inside the identical reserving, incomes you most rewards, and saving as a lot as doable.

When reserving a visit, websites like Priceline make it simple to store round, examine costs, snag reductions, and handle reservations. You’ll have entry to offers and promotions that you simply may not give you the chance to discover elsewhere, whereas additionally providing a best-price assure every time you e book.

The extra you save on your journey right this moment, the extra you possibly can put towards further journeys sooner or later. And I don’t find out about you, however I’m prepared to begin seeing extra of the world in 2020.

–By Stephanie Colestock

 

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