Priceline moving from bidding to fixed discount model (?) <Wash. Post>

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  1. Jenny & Curt
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    According to the Washington Post, Monday (January 23, 2012) Priceline will begin airing a commercial in which William Shatner, as the Negotiator, is killed in a fiery wreck. Before his death, he tells people they don't "have to" bid anymore -- that Priceline has fixed discounts. Sounds like Name Your Own Price is going away...?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...iceline-video/2012/01/20/gIQADFuHEQ_blog.html
     
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    I hope they don't kill Name Your own Price.
     
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    That would be big news, and kind of sad. I saved a lot of money that way and got to experience some hotels I probably wouldn't have stayed in otherwise.
     
  4. sobore
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    Let's just see how good the 'fixed discount' is, are they going to be that much lower than the other booking sites?
     
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    I assume they'll still be an opaque site, just that they are the ones offering you a take it or leave it deal for an unknown property?
     
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    They killed Shatner "The Negotiator"? :eek:
     
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    Who knows? ... maybe time will tell they killed Priceline.;)
     
  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Maybe they figure that while they may lose some hardcore PLers who spend a lot of energy finding the best deal, they gain a lot of more casual customers who fear they would bid too high and thus not get a very good deal. I personally have rarely looked at PL and over the years only booked one or two car rentals through them.
     
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  9. DestinationDavid
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    Sites like betterbidding.com help with getting the hotel you want at the lowest price point possible. When I've used it I've rarely walked away unhappy with what I paid and what I got.
     
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    I know about betterbidding etc., but it's extra work that needs to be balanced with the savings and the loss of mile/point/status earnings.
     
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    My Priceline experience often got me a poor room in a good hotel, and I was satisfied. But I have never gotten a satisfactory car rental. That may have to do with the market I was trying to rent in.
    At any rate, it is their business and I am just a consumer. If the new tatic is successful , perhaps we will all read about it in a business magazine on the rack at our local Borders.;)
     
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    I remember one Priceline Rental where I got a brandnew Toyota Prius from either Hertz or Avis at ONT airport. Contrast that with the Chevy Aveo or Kia something-or-another tin-can that I get as a Hertz Gold member with my regular rentals (admittedly, I tend to book the cheapest category of cars as it's usually just local transportation ... if I know I'll be driving longer distances, I book a better car). So for me, car rentals are the type of travel purchase where I care the least about what I get and who I rent from. Though with Hertz Gold I don't have to stand in line at the counter, so I do factor that in. $20 saved for a 45 min wait at 11pm after traveling all day isn't quite worth it for me.

    Heh, yes :)
     
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    Easier for me because I don't do the hotel earning thing. Taboo on MP, I know, but it's true! :)
     
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    I've had overall positive experiences using Priceline. I hope that the bidding option does not go away.
     
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    Folks,

    I think you're missing the point. Go to Priceline.com You've always been given the option to make a purchase the same way you can make a purchase at Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz. I'm guessing (unless I'm missing the point), that priceline is trying to steal business from other online wholesalers that offer full price options.
     
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    Sounds like Priceline is adopting the Hotwire model. That could be a dangerous move.
     
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    I just watched the commercial (on the WP site). I read it as just marketing their fixed-price side of the house. If they were getting rid of NYOP, I'd expect a press release to precede the commercial. There's nothing on the investor relations portion of their site about NYOP going away.

    I find NYOP to be very valuable. I've had years when I had 80 room nights booked through NYOP. I'd be sad to see it go away.
     
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    As the owner of a Priceline forum (www.hoteldealsrevealed.com) I would be sad to see NYOP go. PL has started to show amenities but they are kicking butt compared to Hotwire. I use ( or attempt) NYOP everytime I need a hotel.
     

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