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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
do you know of any place/website to find car rental discounts in mid-december? thanks for the info.
post #2 of 21
orbitz.com is probably the best way to find car deals anywhere. Beware of the hidden costs when renting a vehical in Denver. I have rented there manytimes and whatever the figure shows at time of rental, there are many hidden costs not figured in. There are many taxes to be added on at turn in time in Denver such as Stadium tax and others that add app. another $150 to the rental cost. Good luck.
post #3 of 21
Regarding Orbitz, I use it to see who has the best deal on the size car I want, and then go directly to that companies website and make a reservation. (sorry Orbitz)
I start looking as early as possible but then check back once a week as sometimes rates can go down. Good luck.
post #4 of 21
I would try priceline.com or hotwire.com.
Or, If you have an Entertainment Book for your city/area...you get discount car rental rates on several companies. that is how we booked our car for Big Sky........
Try www.entertainment.com
post #5 of 21
Does anyone know if Dollar or Thrifty are reliable out of DEN wrt having the car type you reserved?
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI
Does anyone know if Dollar or Thrifty are reliable out of DEN wrt having the car type you reserved?
I used Thrifty there last year and had good luck with them.

BTW, one "ploy" that I use when renting cars is reserving at a level below what I really want, and upgrading at the counter. I've found that "real time" upgrades are much cheaper than the same upgrades when you make your initial reservation.
post #7 of 21
If you're a Costco member, I've found their rental codes to be pretty much unbeatable.
post #8 of 21
I have used Hertz and Dollar out of Denver with no problem.
post #9 of 21
Quote:
If you're a Costco member, I've found their rental codes to be pretty much unbeatable.
rquick: I am a Costco member, but apparently I am ignorant of rental discount benefits. How do I take advantage of this? Thanks.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI
Does anyone know if Dollar or Thrifty are reliable out of DEN wrt having the car type you reserved?
No problems with either and getting the car you want. Have used both.

And I would like info on Costco too!
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI
rquick: I am a Costco member, but apparently I am ignorant of rental discount benefits. How do I take advantage of this? Thanks.
did you try
http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?whse=&topnav=&cat=4276&hierPath=1133 *&Browse= ?

Ditto what Lars said the taxes and surcharges out of DIA add up
post #12 of 21
Thanks, Kima. That is about the same as what the entertainment books offer!
post #13 of 21
I always check Orbitz and then go direct to the website with the best rate. Dollar has some great weekly rates on SUV's out of Denver. I've got a Jeep liberty reserved all in for under $200. You can also go to each rental car website and check to see if they are offering specials or discounts. Hertz and Avis usually have $50 off specials during ski season but often times $50 off on a Hertz or Avis car doesn't make it cheaper than Dollar, Budget or Thrifty.
post #14 of 21
Toadman, I'm not calling you a liar but you must be confused because there's no way in hell you can rent an SUV out of DIA for a week for less than $200, especially after you get the printout when you return the vehical.

I'll bet my house on that.

And, i've rented vehicals at DIA probably fifty times.

We fly directly into steamboat and use my Son's car because the average rental for an SUV out of DIA is around $800 by the time you get your credit card bill.

Right now, flights from Buffalo to Denver can be had for $200 or less. Our flight into Steamboat was $328. Even with 3 of us going it's worth not having to rent a vehical in Denver.

I think you're giving some bad advice here.
post #15 of 21
Lars

You almost lost your house. ok, not $200 but i got it for $229 per week plus taxes. here is my quote from Alamo - $350 TOTAL for 8 days. here it is

Vehicle Type: SUV - 4-Door/Automatic/Air/Sport Utility -
Chevrolet Blazer Or Similar

Pickup Information
Location: Denver Arpt (DENT71)
Date & Time: Saturday, December 18, 2004 @ 08:00 AM
Address: 24530 East 78th Ave
Denver,CO 80249
Phone: (303)342-7373
Fax: (303)342-3431
Hours: Sun-Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Drop-off Information
Location: Denver Arpt (DENT71)
Date & Time: Saturday, December 25, 2004 @ 02:00 PM

Base Rate - SUV (USD)
(1) Week Rate ($229.95/week) $229.95
(1) Day Rate ($38.33/day) $38.33
Rate/Product Code BQW8 Corp ID
Guaranteed Base Rate
Unlimited Miles

Subtotal.......................................... ...$268.28

Taxes, Surcharges and Fees
Facility Usage Fee 2.00 Usd/day $16.00
Concession Recoup Fee 11.11 % $29.81
State Tax (12.950%) $40.67

Subtotal.......................................... ....$86.48

Estimated
Total......................................$354.76
post #16 of 21
As you can see how a $268 rental can turn into a $354 total bill, you can imagine how a $600 rental will end up costing around $850. Thats been my experience. Rates are higher during the busy months in ski country. January through April you will find it impossible to rent an SUV for $268, no doubt. I've been at DIA when you couldn't get an SUV at any of the agencies.

Prices are definitly down on rentals because of all the competition and it all depends on the time of year. It's still cheaper to fly to the destination if possible and use a shuttle or the free transit system or in my case, my Son's SUV. Not only that, but saving a possible 3 plus hour drive. Also factor in an early flight out of DIA which could mean a stay at a close to the airport Hotel realyaddsup. Done that many times also
post #17 of 21
www.ytbnet.com/thetripshop
Click on Book Travel Here and hit the Cars Tab.
Good Luck!
post #18 of 21

These is all mainstream business

I speculate that watchout (or by highjacking the thread: I) is looking for something like a local renter. What comes to my mind is something like Al West's windsurfing van's on Maui, who give you a beat up van for $26 a day.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Marty
... i got it for $229 per week plus taxes. here is my quote from Alamo - $350 TOTAL for 8 days....
That's a good price, but I got you beat by about Twenty bucks for the same 8 day rental from Alamo, and that included a FREE additional driver.

Total price w/all taxes $331 for standard SUV (Blazer) for 8 full days. Wed. 1/26 2:30pm. through Thurs. 2/3 2:30pm.

I hunted around a lot, and found the best deal through the United airlines website. If you sign up for a Mileage Plus number, then log in with that, and go to the car rental tab, you'll get a code entered which gives the best rate that I found, and a free additional driver (saves ~ 10/day after taxes).

None of this matches the deal I got in Reno 2 years ago though. I got a Ford Explorer for $225 with all taxes for 8 days using Priceline.com. And that was during President's week! Unfortunately, Priceline has now become a completelty usless piece of doo-doo.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by TheBurn
www.ytbnet.com/thetripshop
Click on Book Travel Here and hit the Cars Tab.
Good Luck!
OK, clue me in. What up with that website? I can't get it to give me a price quote, no matter what I do.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lars
Toadman, I'm not calling you a liar but you must be confused because there's no way in hell you can rent an SUV out of DIA for a week for less than $200, especially after you get the printout when you return the vehical.

I'll bet my house on that.

And, i've rented vehicals at DIA probably fifty times.

We fly directly into steamboat and use my Son's car because the average rental for an SUV out of DIA is around $800 by the time you get your credit card bill.

Right now, flights from Buffalo to Denver can be had for $200 or less. Our flight into Steamboat was $328. Even with 3 of us going it's worth not having to rent a vehical in Denver.

I think you're giving some bad advice here.
Lars,

You're entitled to your opinions. I travel for business 36 weeks a year and never have I paid more for a rental than what was booked. Rate reserved is $189 plus tax, which will add another $50 to the full rate. I have my reservation and quoted price for the week of January 13th. I cashed in some frequent flyer miles, so air fare is free as is the hotel stay at the Sheraton Steamboat. Now if only Steamboat offered discounts on lift tickets...

P.S. my advice is good but then again, you get what you pay for
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