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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi all;
Last year, I was given some very good advise here on a rental out of Denver. I had not rented a car for a few years, (doing the CME shuttle thing), and decided to see if a rental would be close to the ever-escatating shuttle price. The advise was to go for Payless...turned out to be a great price, (< $300/week for an SUV!).

This year, I find that Payless is right up there with the others, more that $600!!! YOW! Their full size car is a great price, so I reserved that. What the heck's up with Payless in Denver in regards to their SUV's? Anybody know?
post #2 of 25
Why do you need an SUV? Are you planning on going to the mall and feel the need to be fashionable?
post #3 of 25
All I know is, when at DIA, if you time your flight arrival correctly, your "intermediate" car can be upgraded a convertible if you are nice to the young lady running the counter at Hertz and they have "nothing else available..."
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Why do you need an SUV? Are you planning on going to the mall and feel the need to be fashionable?
No to the mall and fashion! However, last year I hit a "can't-see-the-hood" storm on Vail pass and was glad for 4x4!

Sure, I don't really need one, (owned a few myself, but not anymore), but the price was right and it allows for easy carrying the skis inside. I am aware that they have snowplows in Colorado and can drive in the snow, (I live in northern NY).

Guess you really feel like you're "in the know" with your uncalled for statement above?

Peace.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by C.B. View Post
No to the mall and fashion! However, last year I hit a "can't-see-the-hood" storm on Vail pass and was glad for 4x4!

Sure, I don't really need one, (owned a few myself, but not anymore), but the price was right and it allows for easy carrying the skis inside. I am aware that they have snowplows in Colorado and can drive in the snow, (I live in northern NY).

Guess you really feel like you're "in the know" with your uncalled for statement above?

Peace.
While I won't defend the comment about going to the mall I will say that you can rent all wheel drive vehicles that are not SUVs in this area and that might be an option for you to look into. I agree that it is nice to have that extra security when those storms hit.
post #6 of 25

Try EZ Car Rental

If you are willing to go off-site, try E-Z Rent-A-Car there for your Denver Car Rental. They provide a free shuttle to their location and the rates are often much lower than everyone else.
post #7 of 25
Another option: When you arrive, there are 12 companies lined up near each other. Go from one to another and tell them the vehicle and price you have reserved. Give them the chance to beat it. If they do, and you accept it, be kind and cancel the original reservation.
post #8 of 25
Priceline.com
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
Priceline.com
Yes Priceline, I rented an SUV for $204.00 total Saturday to Saturday in December for Denver Airport. The rental is through Alamo, but you don't find that out until after they accept your offer.

I went with the name your own price feature.
post #10 of 25
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Yes Priceline, I rented an SUV for $204.00 total Saturday to Saturday in December for Denver Airport. The rental is through Alamo, but you don't find that out until after they accept your offer.

I went with the name your own price feature.
Do you mind saying what your dates are? I've been trying for a while to get a deal on Priceline but am failing miserably.

Of course, my dates of 12/19 - 12/24 probably have something to do with that..
post #11 of 25
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post #12 of 25

Where/how to rent AWD

I know that AWD doesn't make treacherous surfaces safe and that driving on those surfaces always requires caution and care, but like many others in this thread, I do appreciate the help AWD provides in navigating such surfaces. But how can you go about renting an AWD vehicle? None of the rental companies I have seen list AWD vehicles as a rental option (and if they did, I fear they'd be ridiculously priced). There are always various sizes of SUVs listed as options, but do these necessarily provide AWD?

Thanks!

Josh
post #13 of 25
A problem with Priceline is that you've pre-paid for the car whether you use all the days or not.

I use kayak.com to search out the cheapest car rental rates, air fares, hotels, etc. With rental cars, there is no penalty to reserve then cancel when you find a cheaper reservation. Reserve now, but keep checking. I just saved $200 on a week rental that way, first reserved with Hertz, canceled, rented from Enterprise.

Last year I rented a crappy Pontaic G6 from Hertz. The car had 40k, the tires had about half their tread depth remaining, and those Continental tires were frighteningly bad on frost/ice/snow. I made it up I-70 at about 5 mph with the traction control clicking away all the time. I almost got stopped by the lack of traction on that glazed road surface...glazed by everyone else with fwd and so-called all-season tires.

Anyway, I got a Jeep Commander AWD for $205 for the week (including taxes). The price will be different as the season goes on, but with reservations at the destination resorts at the 1988 levels, there might be deals. The Commander was great, except a bit thirsty and really ugly.
post #14 of 25

Hertz lists AWDs

It turns out that Hertz lists AWDs (in my searching, all SUVs) on their site. Of course, Hertz cars generally don't come cheap and that's the case here if you do a "normal" search. But work your way through all the "Special Offers"--I was able to use the "Pick a Weekend rate & let your adventure begin!" special and its "Standard SUV" link to get a Ford Edge AWD to come up for something like $38 per day (the total after taxes and such is $204 for 4 days). I have #1 Club Gold but when logged in, I could not get this car to come up (I believe it wouldn't come up at all, but if it did, it was at a considerably higher rate). Additionally, if you search the rate and then try to login to book it under your account, you can't--the search gets reset after login. So you have to book it and then call Hertz to get it associated with your account.

If anyone finds a better deal on an AWD, please let me know!

I read elsewhere that another option is to book an SUV and note on the rental and/or call the rental company to ask that it be AWD. I may well end up taking that approach, but as I am not at this time seeing SUV rates much, if any better, than this rate I got with Hertz, it isn't worth messing with at this point.

Josh
post #15 of 25
are you arriving a dia? do you have to pick up at the airport? let me know because i manage a local rental branch
post #16 of 25
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are you arriving a dia? do you have to pick up at the airport? let me know because i manage a local rental branch
Please excuse me for hijacking the thread but it just so happens I will be arriving at DIA on Saturday, January 31 and will need a car for a week. Do you have a shuttle that travels between your branch and the airport? The best deal I found so far on an AWD is with Alamo at DIA for $330 (tax included) for the week.
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Man, I just don't seem to be seeing any of the prices some of you have gotten. Seems like the best, (all taxes/fees includes), is still aroung $600! That ani't gonna happen!
My dates are midweek, 1st of Feb and still no joy. I've tried 'em all!
So far, I have a full size for $200 total. That isn't sounding bad now.
post #18 of 25
My source for good rates - AARP!

E-Z car in Denver has good prices but is a looong way from the airport with irregular shuttle (you have to call, does not run all night). Worth it if you save a bundle but otherwise not.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by C.B. View Post
Man, I just don't seem to be seeing any of the prices some of you have gotten. Seems like the best, (all taxes/fees includes), is still aroung $600! That ani't gonna happen!
My dates are midweek, 1st of Feb and still no joy. I've tried 'em all!
So far, I have a full size for $200 total. That isn't sounding bad now.
Book something for now. But make it the cancelable without penaly type, and do check back after the New Year.

I noticed all the specials expires right before Christmas. I imagine new promotions will come up after the holiday madness is over.

I'll be doing MLK day out of DIA and I don't see ANY promotions, which can't be real. Janurary being low season and such. So I'm playing the waiting game.
post #20 of 25
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I'll be doing MLK day out of DIA and I don't see ANY promotions, which can't be real. Janurary being low season and such. So I'm playing the waiting game.
MLK Day is NOT low season here. In fact it's one of our busiest weekends.
post #21 of 25
Right now Alamo seems to have the best prices for airport pickup. I would book something now to lock in a decent rate and then check every few weeks to see if they run specials. You can always then cancel and rebook. I have done that many times.
post #22 of 25
I used this link to reserve a mid-size SUV from Alamo for $330 (tax included) from 1/31 - 2/7.

http://www.alamo.com/index.do?action...armomma_offers
post #23 of 25
Try calling the 800 #'s and talking to a live person. I did call Enterprise and they quoted me $236.00 (total) for this upcoming week. I will need another rental Jan. 31 pick up at DIA and drop off at ASE. Hmmm that's going to be interesting.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
I will need another rental Jan. 31 pick up at DIA and drop off at ASE. Hmmm that's going to be interesting.
That's no big deal, I do it all the time. As low as $40 for an econo.
Take all your passengers and luggage into town and then return the car to the airport. The free bus stops 50 yards from the airport, about every 15 minutes.


http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewCarRes...&z=c9b0&r=2 j


Lot's of times I've been upgraded to SUV's because they want to get them up to Aspen or down to Denver.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
That's no big deal, I do it all the time. As low as $40 for an econo.
Take all your passengers and luggage into town and then return the car to the airport. The free bus stops 50 yards from the airport, about every 15 minutes.
once again Shred is correct. I have done it many times, never for $40 but during season it may be that cheap.
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