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I’ve used Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” to bid for cheap car rentals.
However, it takes a bit of work to determine the best price to bid for Priceline, but more importantly, you can’t cancel or modify a Priceline “Name Your Own Price” reservation. So this is useful only if you know that your plans won’t change.
You can get an additional 3% cash back if you click through to Priceline using Top Cash Back.
Cheap Car Rentals Series:
- Part 1 – Finding The MOST You Should Pay With Hotwire & Costco Travel
- Part 2 – Save Hundreds of Dollars by Using the Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi Thank You Portal!
- Part 3 – Saving Money With the Capital One Travel Portal
- Part 4 – Southwest Airlines’ Car Rentals
- Part 5 – National Car Rental’s “Last Minute Specials”
- Part 6 – Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price”
- Part 7 – 5 Ways to Add an Additional Driver for Free
- Part 8 – Let Autoslash Do The Work
- Part 9 – American Airlines Car Rentals
- Part 10 – Why Everyone Should Sign Up For Frequent Car Rental Programs
- Part 11 – Save More With Car Rental Savers
- Part 12 – Do You Know How To Get The Lowest Price For Drivers Under 25 Years Old?
- Using Airline Miles for Car Rentals
- Using Hertz Coupons & Discounts
- Using Airline Discount Codes & Earning Miles for Rentals
Priceline “Name Your Own Price” Quirks
You can’t use “Name Your Own Price” to rent cars at non-airport locations and for 1-way rentals. And you can’t cancel or change your reservation, so don’t make a booking if you’re not 100% sure of your plans!
How To Use Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price”
Step 1 – Find the Lowest Price Elsewhere
Since Priceline reservations can’t be cancelled or changed, you should make a Priceline reservation only if it is lower than reservations elsewhere.
Step 2 – Make a Bid
Go to Priceline’s Name Your Own Price and make a bid.
I usually enter a TOTAL price which is 20% less than what I can find elsewhere. And don’t forget to click through Top Cash Back to get 3% cash back.
However, Priceline adds a lot of taxes and fees (30% to 50%+) to the reservation, so sometimes it takes trial and error when entering the DAILY car rental rate to get a TOTAL price which is 20% less than elsewhere.
For example, if I want to bid $115 for a 6 day rental in Tampa, I shouldn’t enter $19 or $115/6 as the price I’m willing to pay per day.
Instead, I should enter ~$10 per day, and in the next screen I’ll see that the TOTAL price which I’m bidding is ~$115.
If your bid is accepted, great! Otherwise, you have to wait 24 hours to make another bid, unless you change the car category for which you’re bidding. So it helps to start with the smallest car category and work your way to the largest category which you’d consider renting.
However, if you are traveling with family or friends, you can make another bid sooner than 24 hours by having someone else log into his or her Priceline account and making a bid.
Sometimes Priceline will make you an offer, but I usually don’t take the offer and wait until I can make another bid. Priceline will also try to steer you towards making a higher bid than you otherwise would, but stick to the price which you researched!
See this post for screenshots on how to use Priceline’s Name Your Own Price for car rentals.
If you have the time it doesn’t hurt to research and bid for a car rental using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price for car rentals.