March 2019 Car Rental Watch

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  1. richmo

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    Just jumping in since I just booked. Mine is a little different since I'll be picking up at MCO and dropping off at TPA, unless the MCO to PHL flight on Southwest drops quite a bit. So, I'm at:

    Alamo midsize pickup 3/9 at MCO, dropoff 3/15 at TPA: $224 base/$262 total, using Costco contract ID and AD3868JST ($25 off specialty, but seems to work for many car classes)

    Did a similar trip last year (but MCO only). Prices were about what we're seeing now, but Hertz had a nice drop about a week before departure that even beat Alamo. The Hertz experience was very similar to Alamo...go straight to garage and pick out of an aisle (join their free #1 club first, though)
     
  2. cruisin5

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    Switched from Alamo to Avis - Ford Edge (or similar) - $296 using the $25 off coupon and the AARP code. March 9 - 16, pickup MCO drop off TPA. Alamo was $324 for the Escape.

    Prepaid, I'm happy with the price.
     
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  4. SummerRaine

    SummerRaine Earning My Ears

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    Another drop today. 460 with budget for an intermediate suv or 478 with alamo. We prefer alamo but have both booked and will decide.
     
  5. kddlm

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    They seem to be coming down. I'm just under $200-Midsize (all in after taxes/fees) for 3/9-3/13 through Costco/Budget. Dollar had a slightly less prepay using City Special, but I don't like to prepay this far out. Will keep searching daily!
     
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  6. richmo

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    Agree...way too early to prepay! Especially for the "common" vehicle classes.
     
  7. kddlm

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    Rates dropping daily through Costco travel! Keep it going!!!
     
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  8. Heather Mason

    Heather Mason Earning My Ears

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    Could someone remind me, what isle does Orlando not have? I remember reading a few years back to book say a standard and then you pick from a full size?
     
  9. richmo

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    Correct. Standard and full size share the same aisle, so if that's what you want, book the cheaper of the two (usually standard, but sometimes I've seen full size for less). Also, if you use a free upgrade coupon, a midsize upgrade bumps you up to the standard/full size aisle.
     
  10. Heather Mason

    Heather Mason Earning My Ears

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    Thank you!!
     
  11. debster812

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    We're in SW Florida from March 16th-22nd. Started off at nearly $400 for a Full Size with Alamo. Have been checking using different 'books' with carrentalsavers.com and am down to an Intermediate SUV for $259.46, using coupon MUWA071 and AWD686210

    I plan to keep checking, but I am happy with this rate. My only concern is that we are scheduled to land at 11:30pm, if our flight is significantly delayed, I wonder if we'll get dinged for no Saturday night keep.
     
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  12. SummerRaine

    SummerRaine Earning My Ears

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    I haven’t found rates to be moving too much. Hopefully they will really start dropping.
     
  13. Tanya1234

    Tanya1234 Earning My Ears

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    Travelling March 19-31 and got mini van for $531 with Costco discount. Started at over $800 so happy with this price.
     
  14. kddlm

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    Seem to be at a standstill right now. I check daily.
    Lowest I got few weeks ago for 3/9 a.m-3/13 pm is $164 total (after all taxes fees). Compact car through Budget booked on Costco.
    I check on Costco (which I find to be lowest), BJs, Dollar direct (city specials) and Alamo direct.
     
  15. richmo

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    You're seeing about the same as me. I'm the same trip as you, but one more day at the end. I'm at about $188 with Budget, also with Costco discounts. Mine was booked directly on Budget using W852802/TUGZ052. Also holding an Alamo for about $10 more. Not sure which I'll go with yet.

    Anyway, the next week or two should be the most interesting for our dates, I hope! My experience last year was similar, but had some good Hertz rates (with AAA discounts) about a week before departure...wound up going with them. I'd add them to your search list. At the moment, they are higher than Budget and Alamo. (The rental experience with them is similar to Alamo; skip counter and pick from an aisle)
     

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