I get to have some fun this weekend.
My brother-in-law, Gary Walters, is a professional musician based in Indianapolis. He often tours with Carrie Newcomer; he also is in a jazz ensemble, and teaches piano at Butler. (And he’s a really cool guy.)
He recently recorded a solo piano album and there’s a CD release party this weekend at the Jazz Kitchen in Indy. (I could go on about Indy, which has an awful lot going for it, and the Jazz Kitchen, which is a wonderful place, but I’ll just say if you’re in Indy and you like jazz, go there.)
Here’s the thing. My brother-in-law and his wife, my sister, have already given away their guest room for the weekend, so I had to find a hotel room. I turned to Priceline and got a heck of a deal on a downtown Indy hotel, one I’ve stayed at before.
As I’ve said on Twitter, I dislike Priceline in some circumstances. I’ve had good luck with it at hotels, but I’ve had uniformly bad experiences with it for car rentals, so much so that I won’t use it any more. Agents, in my case, have been only remotely interested in my business once they find it’s a Priceline rental. Their tone has changed to withdrawn and in a couple cases, downright unfriendly. It’s been that way with multiple rental agencies in different cities, from Las Vegas to Fort Lauderdale. Maybe it’s me, except that all these times, I’ve been on vacation and in a pretty good mood.
So while I will use Priceline for hotels in some circumstances, I prefer Travelocity for keeping an eye on things generally in the routes that interest me.
But I’m always afraid someone else has found a better travel site, a better service that notifies users about good travel deals. So please, share your knowledge and tell us which travel sites you use, what you like about them and what their weaknesses are.