Negotiations on Hold?

By WilliamK,

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I found a great cancellable rate at Costco Travel on a mid-size/intermediate car in BOS from 11/30/16 morning to 12/3/16 evening (4 days) total including taxes and fees only: $82.10 from Alamo.  I then tried to use the PRICELINE link to bid on a mid-size for $7/day and was told inventory is low and it has almost no chance of success.  I bid anyway and it gave me the Negotiations on Hold message, but offered direct bookings, in which Alamo appeared for $7/day total with taxes $82 for prepay or $8/day with taxes $85 pay at the counter.


So why would Priceline reject a bid and then offer the same rate unhidden?  I keep getting Negotiations on Hold message on this trip for over a month now, meanwhile the rental rates for this period keep falling.  What is going on, why doesn't the Priceline bidding work in this market?

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Alamo's publicly available 'pay now' rate is actually $7.93/day... this may be a 'floor' that they are willing to accept and haven't loaded anything lower into the 'opaque rate' bucket.


Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.

Please use this HOTWIRE and these PRICELINE LINKS: HOTELS, CAR RENTALS, and AIRFARE to begin your travel purchases

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