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Where are the inexpensive rental cars???

UWSurfer

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Flying into Ft. Laurdale December 9th and leaving early Sunday morning December 14th. Driving down to Key West and back for a few days of diving.

Airfare came in for $250 r/t from LAX. The best car rental to date is with Sunshine Rent-a-car for $182 found with Kayak.

Through Costco the least expensive economy cars are running $250 - $300 for this time period. This seems HIGH to me. Any recommendations?
 

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Steve, you should just check really often. The car rental rates go down, down, down, the closer you get to the trip.
 

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I see $140.99 + 21.10 taxes and fees for total of $162.09 for Thrifty on hotwire.com
 

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rentalcarmomma.com often this is lower rates than other sites

Dollar has good rates normally and you do not have to hold with a credit card.

Our Maui jeep rental was $200 cheaper through Dollar.

For Hilton Head Island we used Hertz and it $110 and $147 with all taxes.

There are varying discount codes I try II/RCI/AAA and Marriott. I have read that car rental rates change 7 times a day on the average.

I get good rates with Hertz but not this week. Thrifty rates for Orlando thru rentalcarmomma were $20.00 less than dollar.
 
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After much checking, the best I could do was with ACE car rental offering $185 ($29/day plus taxes), and for giggles I made a bid for $19/day with Priceline and won Avis! $150 for this rental with taxes.

Only makes me wish I bid $14. <g>
 

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Guess what? The rentals during Xmas in Orlando are still outrageous. I've been searching for a least 5 months and have yet to find a rental under $500.00 per week for an economy. I have not booked anything yet while waiting for the prices to go down. Even using Costco and Sams Club isn't helping. What a nightmare!
 
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I was in the same situation last week looking for car rental out of Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for 12/31/08 to 1/3/09. I looked at Costco among others hoping to find a good rate. No luck. Finally after going thru several searches, found that AVIS was the cheapest. I usually use Alamo in Hawaii due to the low rates offered via Costco. After searching for a couple of days, AVIS came back with about $ 150 including taxes and everything for the 3 days. Maybe AVIS is the place to search for Florida during this time of the year ?
 

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I just returned from Miami. I reserved my car through Priceline, I offered a price of $15.00/Day for a full sized car and it was accepted by Alamo on my first try.
 

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Princeline Question

I have never gone through Priceline before for renting cars. Can you request rates for two drivers? I like Costco because two people can drive the car without hefty charges.
 

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Here is what I just did; made a reservation about 6 months ago for a week at about $320; kept watching rates; canceling and re-booking when to my advantage; went on Priceline today, two days before arrival and got Avis compact for $180 ($15/day); probably overbid a dollar or two. My last 5 or 6 trips I have always gotten a big discount using Priceline two days out.
 
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