Q After canceling Priceline car, don’t I get a refund?
A: You should have received something for your $314. But this case — and resolution — is full of interesting twists and turns.
Your understanding of AutoSlash is correct. Basically, you reserve a car, and the site tries to do better. With Priceline’s AutoSlash rates, it works a little differently.
The site offers an “express deals” rate that may be more restrictive than those offered by car rental companies: www .autoslash.com/blog-and -tips/posts/priceline-ends -name-your-own-price -rental-cars-focuses-on -express-deals. In other words, you might be stuck with that price — and unable to cancel.
A look at your Priceline reservation shows that it was nonrefundable, non-
Earlier this year, I logged on to AutoSlash.com to find a rental car. When AutoSlash accepts your reservation, the site tries to find a better rate. Then it cancels your first reservation and books the less expensive one.
I received my first reservation through Priceline. I assumed that AutoSlash had an agreement with Priceline, where the process would be the same — make a reservation, then cancel. So I thought I had signed up with AutoSlash for a temporary contract through Priceline. But I hadn’t.
When I called Priceline and asked to cancel the reservation, a representative refused. A representative said my reservation was “noncancellable and nonrefundable.” I then exchanged several emails with AutoSlash. The company agreed that it was not its usual procedure, but that Priceline was too big of a company for it to get any concession.
I filed a dispute with my credit card company. It refunded the charge and put it into a dispute resolution category, which meant that Priceline could get the charge reinstated up to six weeks after the rental was supposed to happen.
When I called Priceline, I learned that it had canceled my reservation. Now the car rental company has sent me a letter saying that I owe it $314, even though it provided no service. Can you help? transferable and nonchangeable, even if you didn’t use the car. From your perspective, Auto Slash didn’t do what you expected it to because of its Priceline rates. You initiated a credit card dispute. In response, Priceline canceled your reservation but fought the dispute.
You should have been able to call Priceline and let it know that you were giving up and would take the car, but that’s not how it works. Once a credit card dispute starts, it’s almost impossible to stop it. So Priceline tried to keep your money and give you nothing in return. Worse, you say you didn’t see the terms of your purchase until after you tried to cancel.
It sounds as if there was a lot of unnecessary confusion about your rental. I list the Priceline executive contacts on my consumeradvocacy site: www.elliott .org/company-contacts /priceline.
You contacted Auto Slash for help, but by the time I arrived on the scene, everyone was already too confused. (I include myself in this group. After reviewing this case the first time, I wasn’t sure if I could help. But you furnished my advocacy team with details that made it possible for me to advocate for you.)
I contacted Priceline on your behalf, and it refunded your $314.