I've just booked a weekend trip in early February using Priceline. I tried calling US reservations just now to change my seat assignments to "preferred" seating, but the agent said that was not permissible because I was on a Priceline ticket. I pointed out that I am a UA Premier Exec member, but she said that doesn't matter because she can't input the FF number into a Priceline record, thus those seats are not available to me. It's not the end of the world if I can't change, because the flights are not particularly long, but I do prefer to sit towards the front of the cabin if possible. Is this agent correct, or did she feed me inaccurate information? For what it's worth, she sounded fairly experienced.
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by tekelberry: That's correct. Priceline works for airlines just like hotels: NO frequent traveler points or benefits.</font>
My experience is that Hyatt accrues points and benefits on PL stays and Hilton sometimes gives stay credit and points for incidentals charged to the room.
Programs: DL PM, AA Plat, HH Dia, SPG Gold, Hyatt Plat, National ECE, Avis First, Hertz PC
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by BillMorrow: Didn't Seigel say several months ago that US would no longer give seats to 'opaque' sellers like Priceline? I seem to remember him saying that.</font>
He said they were going to lessen their dependence on them I believe. Note that I don't think it would be advisable for any airline to pull out from such channels totally, worst case you'd list inventory at the same or just a few dollars less than is available through other channels. Priceline and Hotwire do so much marketing, you'd probably end up selling a few seats through them even if the prices were the same as through other channels.