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Postby lmcjaho » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:11 am

Looking to maybe use Priceline to rent a car for my Vegas trip (rental for use IN Vegas, flying in on Monday and leaving Friday night).

My wife and I are going with another couple and we were discussing the viability of renting vs cabs etc and split two ways we figure the rental will probably end up being a neutral proposition cost-wise with a much higher convenience factor...

Anyway, having never used Priceline before I'm wondering if anybody here has, and if there are any issues I need to be aware of?
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby Metroid » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:59 am

Have you been to Vegas? I've only been once but I know they have a monorail thingy that covers most of the strip thats pretty cheap. Between that and shared cab fair you might be able to save yourself the cost of a rental car and the headache of driving and parking in Vegas. Not sure what your plans are though, if you're wanting to be more mobile. I have a girlfriend that just moved back here to Portland from Vegas after living there and working the club scene bartending at casinos for like 4 years, she might have some insight. She'll be over tomorrow night.
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby scottaa1 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:58 am

I've not been either, but I've been told that most of the getting around to be done in Vegas can be done on foot. But I think that's mostly for the casino scene, if you're wanting to sight see other parts of Nevada that wouldn't be the case. Have a great trip.

As for Priceline, I recommend anything endorsed by Bill Shatner.

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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby Matthias » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:52 am

I've used Priceline a few times in the past and had great results, but only have used it for hotels, not car rentals. If you're interested in using it, I would recommend this website. The way that Priceline works is that hotels and rental agencies put their listing on Priceline along with the lowest possible price that they will accept. Then people go onto the site; put in a search with their criteria and the price that they're willing to pay; and Priceline sees if anything matches that is at or beneath that price. Everything between the hotel/rental agency price and the price that you put in Priceline keeps. So what the website above does is have people post with what deals they got off of Priceline so that you can make an educated bid, i.e. the lowest that someone will accept. Sucks for Priceline, is good for you.

There's no fee to that website; they run it for free and just ask that if you do book in Priceline you connect there via their website so that they get some small referral fee.

The drawback to Priceline is you're committed. If you change your mind and want something else or cancel your trip and don't need what you rented.... well, that's tough. They have your money and they aren't giving it back. So bear that in mind if you decide to use them.
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby biju » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:37 pm

scottaa1 wrote:I've not been either, but I've been told that most of the getting around to be done in Vegas can be done on foot.


Having been to Vegas a number of times (maybe over 15 or so?) I would caution thinking you can get around on foot. Everything *looks* really close because everything is huge. In reality, you could easily end up trucking two miles in some nasty heat to get somewhere you thought would be a 10 minute walk. I drunkenly walked down the Strip for 3 hours trying to get to my hotel because it was "just right over there".

I would recommend getting a car only for the days you'll be traveling outside of Vegas, such as if you're going to head over to Hoover Dam. But if you're planning on going between the Strip and downtown, sharing a cab fare with another couple will be much more efficient. Parking a car is a pain in the rear alone, but driving in Las Vegas is a nightmare, especially if you've never been there before and don't know about the back roads behind the casinos.

One other thing to remember however, is that if anyone does have a tough time walking (such as some with accessibility problems; older folks) taking a car might be better because the cab drivers don't normally wish to take you across the street. Fares under $5 are considered not worthy of a cab and the driver usually complains to you openly (at that point I've found it's better to be just as rude back and tell them to shut the hell up if you even encounter that).

The last thing I'm going to say is it also depends on where you're staying. If you're right in the middle of the Strip or downtown, there's a ton of stuff to walk to. If you at the Rio, Sands, or the Hard Rock, you're going to need outside transportation period and maybe the car idea isn't terrible. The bottom line is that the cabs are relatively cheap and I've never felt like I'm spending too much on cab rides unless I'm going alone.

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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby RiffRaff » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:55 pm

15 Times to Vegas.

Get a car, unless you only intend to gamble and go to a few clubs.

It will cost you $50 alone for the round trip from the airport to the casino.

Don't pay for the extra insurance, your insurance company will take care of you. They will try to pressure you, but you will be getting ripped off.

Park in the ramps, never had a problem with parking.

Red Rock is awesome, Hoover is actually pretty lame. Take a drive to Laughlin.
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby Metroid » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:51 pm

RiffRaff wrote:15 Times to Vegas.

Get a car, unless you only intend to gamble and go to a few clubs.

It will cost you $50 alone for the round trip from the airport to the casino.

Don't pay for the extra insurance, your insurance company will take care of you. They will try to pressure you, but you will be getting ripped off.

Park in the ramps, never had a problem with parking.

Red Rock is awesome, Hoover is actually pretty lame. Take a drive to Laughlin.

That drive to Laughlin is awesome. The road is straight as an arrow and there is nothing out there, I found myself doing well over 100 with no worries of a cop in sight because there was nowhere for them to hide.

Yeah absolutely do not pay for extra insurance like Raff said your insurance should take care of you. To be extra safe pay for your rental with a Visa card. ;-)

And Hoover Dam is not lame, just make sure they show you Megatrons bedroom. :-B
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby Dan Lambskin » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:53 pm

the only time i used it was staying in Chicago which just happened to have some huge convention and we couldnt find a room in the city for less than $400 direct (Priceline was rejecting even $150). ended up expanding our priceline search and ended up in Alsip about 15 miles outside of Chicago :-t . we were actually able to book the Best Western in Grant Park directly for the 2nd night so it didnt suck too bad (the day before both nights were still available...stupid convention)

so...i imagine it can have good results but be careful what you ask for
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby Cowboys 4 life » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:50 pm

Priceline is good for hotels but just like the rest for cars.

Biju gave a great summary of what its like. If you plan on going to a ton of hotels on the strip in a day then rent a car. All hotel vallet is free except a tip. Just throw em a buck when you leave.

The World Buffet at the Rio is the bomb. You want to hit up this place for either brunch or Lunner because it will be like having 2 meals. Swoop on by Circus Circus for the 2 foot tall mixed drinks. Then head to the top of the real tall one (forget the name) for the Slingshot. You are already much higher than just about everything in Vegas. This ride shoots you straight up in the air with wicked acceleration and offers you a panoramic view of Vegas while you piss and crap your pants.

Most of the big hotels are pretty much the same on the inside.

If you want to win money or at least have somewhat of a chance then go to old town. The main street is closed down to cars so you can go from hotel to hotel easily (4 per corner) and the Fremont experience is pretty cool.
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Re: Priceline - anybody used it?

Postby lmcjaho » Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:10 am

Staying at the Monte Carlo - mid-strip.

Decided not to do the car rental for the whole trip - might rent one or two days while there if the wife wants to go sight see.

Heat not an issue right now for walking - highs are around 57* F this time of year.

I plan to mostly play poker, but the trip is a couples trip with my wife and some friends of ours, so I'll probably end up doing at least a few non-gambling related activities.
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