Summer is just about here which means warmth and sun, long days, and maybe even a vacation. When you plan a vacation, most people hope for days that are free from rain and storms so that they can enjoy whatever it is that they’re doing whether it’s lying out on a beach or sightseeing. So what happens when someone’s well-deserved vacation is interrupted with rain? Well, usually nothing. You just have to suck-it-up and deal with the fact that no one has control over mother nature, unless you booked your vacation through Priceline.
Priceline has been around for 10 years now and to celebrate they’re having a “Dealstravaganza!” One of their deals is a Sunshine Guarantee where if you book your summer vacation and it rains, you’ll get all of your money back. This offer is good from June 2nd until July 17th, and the traveling has to occur between July 1st and September 7th. Not a bad deal, huh?
Of course there are a few “guidelines” that they have. It has to rain at least a half of an inch or more on at least half of your vacation days in order for you to receive a refund. For an 8 day vacation, it’ll have to rain for at least four days, or for a 6 day vacation it has to rain for at least 3 days. They’re not charging you a penny for this coverage which means you have absolutely nothing to lose if you were planning to book a vacation anyways.
Powering the Sunshine Guarantee is a service called WeatherBill which “provides affordable and easy-to-use weather coverage to protect revenue and control costs for the millions of businesses impacted by the weather.” Each Priceline customer taking advantage of the guarantee will get their own customized link so that they can track how much rain has fallen at their destination, online.
Priceline has probably looked at enough weather data thanks to WeatherBill to know that chances are, in most places, there won’t be at least a half of an inch of rain that falls for several days in a week’s time. This means they wouldn’t have to fork out too many refunds. The deal sounds enticing enough though that it just might lure-in more customers.