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post #61 of 80

Maybe it's the World Cup Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek. Going on this week and next.

post #62 of 80

just found this thread and have booked an SUV (edge or similar) with Budget from Denver airport. Booked and prepaid with an international package from UK on a fixed rate to include insurances etc.

 

I specifically booked an SUV but what if i get there and they dont have any SUV's, even larger or higher spec'd ones than i booked. never had it happen before but i am sure it could happen so anyone have any advice?

 

thanks

post #63 of 80
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Originally Posted by mogulmonkey View Post
 

just found this thread and have booked an SUV (edge or similar) with Budget from Denver airport. Booked and prepaid with an international package from UK on a fixed rate to include insurances etc.

 

I specifically booked an SUV but what if i get there and they dont have any SUV's, even larger or higher spec'd ones than i booked. never had it happen before but i am sure it could happen so anyone have any advice?

 

thanks

 

I was there during the World Championships and rented from Avis... and they had a lot of SUVs still on the lot. Unless you're there for a really busy holiday weekend, I wouldn't worry about it.

post #64 of 80

Got a family trip coming up in two weeks, and once again rental rates are dropping as the date gets closer.  About six weeks ago I booked a full size car for 9 days for $426.  Then just a few days later I re-booked the same car/dates for $303.  But then prices went back up and stayed close to $400 for the past five weeks or so.  So I figured I might be stuck with $303 (which wasn't too bad really).

 

But earlier this week, the rate dropped to $287, and I just now re-booked the same car/dates for $247!  Thumbs Up

post #65 of 80
It's all about supply and demand. If the rental inventory is available as your dates approch rates will be less.

I've had great success with companies like GolfPac that I'm told buy up the anticipated unsold lodging and car rental options to pass these discounts on to their customers. I've also had good luck renting through the Costco travel site.
post #66 of 80
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It's all about supply and demand. If the rental inventory is available as your dates approch rates will be less.

 

 

Looks like all this warm weather must be really killing demand!  The 9-day rate (for my trip dates) just dropped to $179!!  :cool

post #67 of 80
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Got a family trip coming up in two weeks, and once again rental rates are dropping as the date gets closer.  About six weeks ago I booked a full size car for 9 days for $426.  Then just a few days later I re-booked the same car/dates for $303.  But then prices went back up and stayed close to $400 for the past five weeks or so.  So I figured I might be stuck with $303 (which wasn't too bad really).

 

But earlier this week, the rate dropped to $287, and I just now re-booked the same car/dates for $247!  Thumbs Up

 

 

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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

It's all about supply and demand. If the rental inventory is available as your dates approch rates will be less.

 

 

Looks like all this warm weather must be really killing demand!  The 9-day rate (for my trip dates) just dropped to $179!!  :cool


Is this with the same company or have you switched companies to get a lower rate at some point?

post #68 of 80
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Is this with the same company or have you switched companies to get a lower rate at some point?

 

Same company (which is Dollar in this particular case).  But Alamo and Thrifty have the same rate right now, and Enterprise is at $196.

post #69 of 80
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Same company (which is Dollar in this particular case).  But Alamo and Thrifty have the same rate right now, and Enterprise is at $196.

I almost always end up with a good deal on rentals. I usually book a decent deal early to make sure I'm covered and then look for better deals as my trip gets close. Rates almost always go down at least some, especially given all the venues from which to rent.

It's always amazing to me the differences in prices folks pay fir similar rental cars, airfare, and lodging even from the same vendors/brands. In my experience there are deals out there, you just have to work some to find them.
post #70 of 80

Just rebooked my DEN rental from a standard car the 4th time in a week. 21-26. went from ~160 to ~120 over a span of a few days :beercheer:

 

Not huge. But money saved.

post #71 of 80
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Just rebooked my DEN rental from a standard car the 4th time in a week. 21-26. went from ~160 to ~120 over a span of a few days :beercheer:

 

Not huge. But money saved.

 

 

Yeah it takes me less than 2 minutes to check rates, make a new reservation if the price is lower, and then cancel the old reservation.  So it's a no-brainer to re-book whenever I see a lower price.  The reason it's so fast and easy is because Travelocity keeps me signed in and keeps my last search criteria pre-loaded in the browser, so the whole process only takes a few clicks (and I suspect that most travel sites offer the same functionality).

post #72 of 80
The Travelocity site has been most excellent. We pick up a car Wednesday night and I have rebooked 6 times in the past week. I've gone from 250 for 4 days down to 123 as of today. Maybe I'll break 100 dollars by Wednesday morning. How close to pick up can you cancel without any penalty?
post #73 of 80
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The Travelocity site has been most excellent. We pick up a car Wednesday night and I have rebooked 6 times in the past week. I've gone from 250 for 4 days down to 123 as of today. Maybe I'll break 100 dollars by Wednesday morning. How close to pick up can you cancel without any penalty?

 

Here's an article I found that shows the different rental companies' cancellation and no-show policies.  BUT the article should only be used as a REFERENCE, and it's about a year old anyway.  So the actual company policies may have changed (or the article could simply have bad info), so you might want to check the individual companies' websites for their current policies.  In other words, if you get hit with a cancellation or no-show fee, please don't blame me.  :D

 

http://maphappy.org/2014/01/full-list-car-rental-cancellation-policies/

 

In any case, on my solo trip in January, I actually booked with two different companies, just in case I arrived at the counter of one and they didn't have a car for me, and meant to cancel the other one after I picked up the car.  But I forgot until a day or two later, so I called the second company to check on it, and they had simply cancelled the reservation as a no-show, with no fee.  I normally don't pre-pay for reservations, and based on the article above, it looks like none of the companies charge a no-show fee anyway (except for possibly Budget IF they have your credit card on file).

 

Funny story by the way:  When we got to the rental counter on our trip last week, we decided the "Full Size" car was going to be a bit tight for our family of four plus luggage, and the guy at the counter offered us a 4WD Ford Escape (SUV) for an extra $220 for the week, so we decided to take him up on it.  So we paid right at $400 for the SUV for 9 days.  But as we were cleaning out the vehicle on our return yesterday, my wife found a receipt in the glove compartment for the previous rental (with the guy's name on it).  The guy paid over $1,800 for the same vehicle for just SEVEN DAYS!!!  He MUST have been using a corporate card and didn't give a rat's a$$ how much it cost his company.  And the rental company saw him coming a mile away.  :eek 

post #74 of 80
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Originally Posted by David Giles View Post
 

Funny story by the way:  When we got to the rental counter on our trip last week, we decided the "Full Size" car was going to be a bit tight for our family of four plus luggage, and the guy at the counter offered us a 4WD Ford Escape (SUV) for an extra $220 for the week, so we decided to take him up on it.  So we paid right at $400 for the SUV for 9 days.  But as we were cleaning out the vehicle on our return yesterday, my wife found a receipt in the glove compartment for the previous rental (with the guy's name on it).  The guy paid over $1,800 for the same vehicle for just SEVEN DAYS!!!  He MUST have been using a corporate card and didn't give a rat's a$$ how much it cost his company.  And the rental company saw him coming a mile away.  :eek 

 

I don't know about all companies, but the rental rates at mine are usually much better than what I can get otherwise. Earlier this season, when Denver SUV rates at the major rental companies were ~$200/day, I got ~$350 for 5 days.

 

The best deals though seem to be the kind you got - when they have a lot of cars just sitting on the lot, they'll let them go cheap. I might have posted this earlier in this thread, but I once got a full-size SUV upgrade from a mid-sized car for free (which was welcome for transporting golf clubs), because they had so many cancellations and cars left on the lot that week. 

post #75 of 80

Well,

Looks like this morning Advantage is $20 less than my current booking with EZ  Rental car.

However, on my confirmation page, it says to cancel within 72 hours to avoid fees or penalties.

 

I'm not sure if those are EZ terms, or generic travelocity terms.

 

I'd like to book the Advantage car, but don't want to pay a penalty.

 

Anyone know?

post #76 of 80

I've never seen "cancel within 72 hours to avoid fees or penalties." on Travelocity, so I'm not sure about that.  I've cancelled several dozen reservations without any kind of fees or penalties, but I'm not sure if I've ever reserved a car with Advantage or EZ Rental.

 

Here's EZ Rental's cancellation policy page for Denver:  http://www.e-zrentacar.com/locations/4586/policies

 

And here's what I found for Advantage:  http://www.advantage.com/ReservationVehicleList.aspx?fid=36  If you click on the "Location Specific Info" link in the left column (under the big blue Reservation header) you'll see that it says "Where a Credit Card is required to Guarantee a reservation, you must cancel more than 24 hours in advance or you will be charged a minimum of one day rental charges plus taxes and appropriate fees."

 

So don't give a credit card to guarantee the reservation.  :)  I never have to when I make a reservation on Travelocity anyway.

post #77 of 80

Just rebooked both vehicles I have reserved for this coming weekend (April 9-13). Dropped another $95 combined! Minivan via Advantage down to about $220 and a Full-size via Advantage is down to $69. Not too bad!

post #78 of 80

I recommend Alamo.com - I'm a so-called "Alamo Insider" and get 5% off. It's worth to check their rates when you come here again.

post #79 of 80

In case anyone is heading to Denver during the Christmas holidays, some good advice in this recent thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142632/beaver-creek-drive-or-shuttle-from-den

post #80 of 80

Good advice is not to rent at the airport. Rent from a downtown location. Much better rates and will be cheaper even when including the cab fare to/from the rental place. I rent from Hertz and I always use the Welton Street location.  This year from Dec 19 to Jan 2, a small SUV was under $500 total when one prepays. Now that is a great deal. when I was looking, at DIA, it was 3 times that amount (not prepaying)

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