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Old 05-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #556
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They sure are, especially for the minivan. Yesterday over $500 for our trip, this morning $249! I've got an Intermediate SUV (Ford Escape?) through Budget at $190 right now and a Fullsize with Alamo for $114(!!), but I'm waiting to see if I can get the minivan for under $200 for 5/26-5/31 out of TPA. It's such a game! But it keeps me busy until our trip...
I just got a 7 day minivan for $199 with Alamo out of TPA so I think your odds might be pretty good!

I also have a Fullsize car with Budget for $115. Still trying to decide which to keep.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #557
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Does anyone know of any car rental companies (or any tips to avoid) that don't have the Young Driver fee? We have a reservation through Dollar but my boyfriend is 24; there's no option on the website to add a young driver to see how much it would cost. I don't want to spend hundreds of extra dollars!

For example, if I book Alamo through Expedia would I be able to bypass the counter and just use the kiosk? Will the kiosk know he's not 25 and automatically add an additional fee?
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:18 PM   #558
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Does anyone know of any car rental companies (or any tips to avoid) that don't have the Young Driver fee? We have a reservation through Dollar but my boyfriend is 24; there's no option on the website to add a young driver to see how much it would cost. I don't want to spend hundreds of extra dollars!

For example, if I book Alamo through Expedia would I be able to bypass the counter and just use the kiosk? Will the kiosk know he's not 25 and automatically add an additional fee?
If you have any way to use a company discount code they often waive that fee. We use my husbands company discount and have never had to pay that crazy fee and we are only 23/24 this year.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #559
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If you have any way to use a company discount code they often waive that fee. We use my husbands company discount and have never had to pay that crazy fee and we are only 23/24 this year.
What companies have you rented from that didn't charge you?
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:49 AM   #560
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5/22 -5/27....I now have a minivan for 253 (5 night get one free deal) and a Full Size for 125...if only I could decide which one to keep! We considered the SOG deal which would have been just 39$ for the standard and 125 for the van, but not sure we want to pass up the grocery store trip and take the time to head to pick it up....
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:20 PM   #561
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I just got a 7 day minivan for $199 with Alamo out of TPA so I think your odds might be pretty good!

I also have a Fullsize car with Budget for $115. Still trying to decide which to keep.
Here's to hoping! We're not over a Saturday though (Sun-Fri), so all the coupons typically don't help us. I have the SUV for $195 and the fullsize for $114 and have the same issue, which to keep? My goal is to keep it under $200 and have a bigger car, but that $114 price sure is nice. If I don't end up getting a minivan ressie for under $200 I'll probably decide between the two others when we arrive. The new Escape's look cool and I'd like to drive one though...
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:56 PM   #562
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Here's to hoping! We're not over a Saturday though (Sun-Fri), so all the coupons typically don't help us. I have the SUV for $195 and the fullsize for $114 and have the same issue, which to keep? My goal is to keep it under $200 and have a bigger car, but that $114 price sure is nice. If I don't end up getting a minivan ressie for under $200 I'll probably decide between the two others when we arrive. The new Escape's look cool and I'd like to drive one though...
Sooo, we kept the full size with Budget. They tried giving us a Ford Fusion saying it was an upgrade from the standard I booked! We questioned the guy in the parking garage and his list said the Fusion was a standard also. They called a customer service number and the said the NEW Fusions are full size.

We are about to drive away in our Fusion against my better judgement and the guy shows up and offers us the Ford Escape for the same money! ($115). Turns out he did some checking and the Fusion they were giving us was the older/smaller standard sized model.

Long story short, don't trust the rental car guys and the Ford Escape in pretty nice. Ours has about 8k miles and is like new.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:01 PM   #563
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Sooo, we kept the full size with Budget. They tried giving us a Ford Fusion saying it was an upgrade from the standard I booked! We questioned the guy in the parking garage and his list said the Fusion was a standard also. They called a customer service number and the said the NEW Fusions are full size.

We are about to drive away in our Fusion against my better judgement and the guy shows up and offers us the Ford Escape for the same money! ($115). Turns out he did some checking and the Fusion they were giving us was the older/smaller standard sized model.

Long story short, don't trust the rental car guys and the Ford Escape in pretty nice. Ours has about 8k miles and is like new.
Nice! Now my problem is my SUV is with Budget but the fullsize with Alamo....Good to know the Escape is nice. I'm wondering if I show up to Alamo and offer to buy the full tank of gas or something that maybe they'll upgrade me to an SUV or minivan. Decisions! Glad you gamed the system, enjoy your trip.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:38 PM   #564
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I ended up changing our flight last minute so now we'll be there from Friday 5/17 to Tuesday 5/21. I was able to modify my reservation for $20 more the extra night. Not quite as good as it was but still a great price... 62.24 inclusive for a rollerskate err I mean economy car lol! It's only my 4 yr old and I so I don't care about car size
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #565
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Hi JerseyGirl: Whenever you get back or have time, do you mind clarifying: did Car Care Center honor the rate you got at SOG, so you didn't even have to go to SOG? If so, that's great but seems like they undercut SOG - especially if each facility has a monthly quota to meet. I currently have a Grand Cherokee booked for early June at SOG and trying to see how to handle the shuttle issue.

Thanks and hope you have a great trip!
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Car Care Center DID honor the rate I was quoted with my SOG reservation. I thought for sure it would be some issue (jaded New Yorker), but once inside, they looked up my reservation, and completed the paper work. We had a new Mazda5, only 2000 miles! I prepaid for the gas at $3.30 a gallon, my total was $146 from May 3- May 12, dropping off at MCO. Just as a FYI for anyone that might be renting a ECV, it fit inside the trunk with no issue. We had the ECV that can accommodate up to 300lbs, and rented through Walker.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:27 PM   #566
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Just back, still tired!
Car Care Center DID honor the rate I was quoted with my SOG reservation.
Thanks for the response. Glad you had a good time. [I mean, I assume you had a good time]
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Beware! Just returned our Budget car at MCO. The rate was a lot higher than I expected. Turns out the I accidentally entered 4 am as the return time instead of 4 pm. I can't imagine how I did that. Major bummer.
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Thanks for the response. Glad you had a good time. [I mean, I assume you had a good time]
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Sooo, we kept the full size with Budget. They tried giving us a Ford Fusion saying it was an upgrade from the standard I booked! We questioned the guy in the parking garage and his list said the Fusion was a standard also. They called a customer service number and the said the NEW Fusions are full size.

We are about to drive away in our Fusion against my better judgement and the guy shows up and offers us the Ford Escape for the same money! ($115). Turns out he did some checking and the Fusion they were giving us was the older/smaller standard sized model.

Long story short, don't trust the rental car guys and the Ford Escape in pretty nice. Ours has about 8k miles and is like new.
So Budget doesn't allow you to pick your car. Does Dollar??
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Alamo is down again today but not by much. My rate dropped by $3 but it is now under 230 for a 10 day rental with a full size car.
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