Deals on rental cars?

alisonAugust 15, 2006

I need to rent a car from the Seattle airport for Saturday thru the following Sunday night. I'll probably put about 200 miles on it (driving out to family on the Olympic Pennisula and back)

Any recommendations on the best companies? Any internet coupons or codes floating out there?

Appreciate any suggestions. I wish I didn't have to get one, since I'm just going to park it for a week, but it's unavoidable.

Off to do some on-line research!

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mikie_gw

Might look at expedia

Or maybe Seattle has car rental place called, Rent-a-Heap.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.expedia.com/daily/cars/seattle-car-rental.asp?CCheck=1&

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 1:44PM
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steve_o

Might try some of those 'last-minute-deals' Web sites, too. Stands to reason that last-minute flyers would need last-minute rental cars, too.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 2:43PM
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azzalea

If you're not going to use the car during the week, maybe you might want to price a car service? It might be just as cheap to hire a car and driver to deliver you and pick you up. Just a thought.

I generally rent from Enterprise, and have my e-mail address listed with them. Almost always, they have some sort of special going, that I can take advantage of.

And don't forget, if you're a member of AAA or AARP, you may get a discount using your membership card. Have a great trip.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 3:20PM
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joyfulguy

Could one of your family members be induced to pick you up (for a portion of the rental fee)...

... and, while you are together with family, quite likely you might find someone to deliver you, later.

You'd have to pay for (most of) the gas in the rental, in addition to the rental cost, in any case.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 4:31PM
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alison

Unfortunately, it's about 100 miles from the airport, to the middle of nowhere, so I think a driver would be hard to arrange. (Actually, I haven't heard of that service being offered anywhere outside of cities -- worth looking into.)

Wish they could pick me up -- when I was a kid they used to meet me at the foot of the ferry, but that's still easily a 90 minute round trip for them.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2006 at 4:44PM
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parrot_phan

Check out orbitz.com as well as expedia. They often have great deals on rentals. They work with six or 8 rental companies. Results from a search involve all companies and all car sizes in one big chart that's easy to look at.

Another place to check is the site of the airline you're flying. I booked a rental last night after buying a ticket on USAir. It's with Hertz, usually the most expensive rental company, but the rate was $4/day less than the Dollar and Thrifty quotes on Orbitz. The USAir site directed me to Hertz and automatically inserted a discount code.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2006 at 4:04PM
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