In April of 2010 I needed to book a trip to Las Vegas for a wedding that was taking place in September, 2010. The bride and groom told all the invitees that they had booked their trip with cheaptickets.com and had gotten a nice deal on the round trip flight and hotel reservations. Being the wise shopper that I am, I decided to check out the prices for a package deal myself and do some comparison shopping.
I first checked out cheaptickets.com for their price on the package deal (for a round trip flight and four nights at the Stratosphere Hotel) and the grand total came to $564 for two people. Next, I checked out the prices on priceline.com (where my man William Shatner is the pitch man) and their price was $30 more. However, doing some more checking I found the Priceline price included the hotel’s $7.50 a day fee for use of the pool and facilities whereas the cheaptickets.com price did NOT include the fee, which came to an extra $30 for four nights. I checked the price also at Expedia.com and theirs was slightly higher than the others and did have not flights available at the times I wanted.
I had booked my last trip to San Antonio, Texas with Priceline and had been happy with the deal William Shatner gave me, but in this case for some reason I cannot recall I decided to go with cheaptickets.com for my Vegas trip even though overall both websites had the same price for the package. Cheaptickets.com also offered an option to book a round trip shuttle service to the hotel and back to the airport with Grayline for $19 a person and I took them up on that deal as well.
Months later, when September finally arrived, I figured I had better print out the itinerary for the flights and hotel reservation as well as the voucher for the shuttle service. When I checked back into the cheaptickets.com website to do so I found that they had changed the flight times for both flights — both flights were now one hour earlier than what I had booked originally. The funny thing is that I never received any emails or notice from cheaptickets.com that the flight times had changed so I had to call them up just to verify exactly what time my flights were. I was not too pleased with this… William Shatner would have at least called me and let me know.
Once our flight arrived in Las Vegas we made our way to the Grayline shuttle service station to catch our ride and once there I found that Grayline offered the shuttle service for only $6.50 a person each way. Heck, I could have just booked my shuttle service there at the station and would have saved $12 for the two person round trip. In fact, a friend of mine who was on the same flight as us with his girl friend had booked their package deal with Priceline and had booked the same shuttle service as us for only $24… cheaper than what was offered at the shuttle station and much less than what cheaptickets.com charged me. That irritated me and I grumbled, “Helles Belles, next time I’m sticking with William Shatner!”
There were no other problems with the trip, and we did have a great time in Vegas, but next time I book a package deal trip I am definitely going to skip cheaptickets.com and stick with Priceline instead.