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post #1 of 37
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Not sure why, but there are some good deals now on SUV rentals at Denver Int. Airport. Weekly rates are $178/week plus taxes for a standard size SUV at Dollar and a couple other places. I was booked into an intermediate size car at Dollar for my trip next month and changed to the SUV for a nominal increase.
post #2 of 37
Is it 4WD or AWD? SUV isn't synonymous with 4WD....I'd check to be sure.
post #3 of 37
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Is it 4WD or AWD? SUV isn't synonymous with 4WD....I'd check to be sure.
I think you mean RWD or AWD/4WD. Dollar lists this as a "Standard SUV - Jeep Grand Cherokee or equal". While it's possible, I don't think they have many (if any) RWD SUVs in the Denver fleet. In any case, they don't assign actual cars until you get there and its just a matter of making sure you get what you want. This price is less than what they were asking for a compact car a month ago. Must be a sign that rentals for the mountains are down.
post #4 of 37
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Not sure why, but there are some good deals now on SUV rentals at Denver Int. Airport. Weekly rates are $178/week plus taxes for a standard size SUV at Dollar and a couple other places. I was booked into an intermediate size car at Dollar for my trip next month and changed to the SUV for a nominal increase.
Where'd you find this ...the Dollar site? I'm getting a much differnet number....
post #5 of 37
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Where'd you find this ...the Dollar site? I'm getting a much differnet number....
First saw it on Travelocity, then went to the Dollar site to change the reservation I had booked months earlier for an intermediate car. This was for a 3-week rental beginning 2/3/09. Note that taxes and fees must be added.
post #6 of 37
I am not seeing a rate that cheap but I am seeing rates much lower than what I got when I made a reservation for February 7-14 back in November. I thinks its time to change reservations.
post #7 of 37
Um, I don't think he's asking about RWD at all. Most SUVs are either FWD, 4WD or AWD. Around here you're better off with either of the latter 2 but just because the rental says SUV doesn't mean it's either of those. I think I'd call the Denver location (not the 1-800 number) and find out if their SUVs are either, both or neither. As far as it just making sure you get what you want sure, you can request but if they are physically out of 4WD or AWD there's not much you can do. I would rather drive a FWD sedan than a FWD SUV for center of gravity/braking weight issues.
post #8 of 37
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Um, I don't think he's asking about RWD at all. Most SUVs are either FWD, 4WD or AWD.
Actually most 4X2 SUVs are RWD. That includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee that Dollar lists as typical for their Standard SUV offering. Not a bad idea to call the Denver agency and see what they stock however.
post #9 of 37
I guess everything I've ever looked at were FWD. My bad. But, yes, call the Denver location for verification.
post #10 of 37
And 2wd with winter tires > awd/4wd with all seasons. And locked 4wd with winters sucks worse then just about anything.
post #11 of 37
I just reserved a mid size SUV for a one week rental at DIA for $249. This includes all taxes and fees and is $80 cheaper than the rental I had reserved last November.

Try this link: http://www.alamo.com/index.do?action...armomma_offers
post #12 of 37
Just reserved a mid-sized SUV from Dollar for our 5 day trip in early Feb. for $256 total. Pretty decent rate.
post #13 of 37
Just a note - we had a SUV reserved with Alamo and called them to make sure it would be 4WD or AWD and the Alamo at Denver informed us that they rent both 4WD and FWD SUVs and you don't get a choice its whatever they give you. We called Dollar who we rented with last time and they informed us any of their SUV class rentals are AWD/4WD. Can you guess who we went with for our trip next week?
post #14 of 37
We hired a car from Alamo in Denver airport and had picked the smallest SUV category to save on some cash. We were quite worried that we might end up with a vehicle without 4WD but when we got there the lady basically said - take your pick of anything in that row. I'm talking at least 30 cars here. They had Jeeps/Toyota Rav 4s/NIssan xterra and a whole multitude of other cars with 4WD. Maybe it was the time of year (17th Dec) and they had a lot of spares or something. Oh, and it only cost me £200 (or about $280) for 9 days which I thought was very reasonable!
post #15 of 37
I am going to Vail in mid Feb and have started looking for a vehicle. Would like to have an SUV. But when I go to the Dollar and Alamo sites, the prices are in the $400-600 pw range. Where did y'all get such good deals? Should I call the Denver depot and talk to those folks directly?
Thanks.
post #16 of 37
Deliberate, are you going over President's Day weekend?
post #17 of 37
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Just a note - we had a SUV reserved with Alamo and called them to make sure it would be 4WD or AWD and the Alamo at Denver informed us that they rent both 4WD and FWD SUVs and you don't get a choice its whatever they give you. We called Dollar who we rented with last time and they informed us any of their SUV class rentals are AWD/4WD. Can you guess who we went with for our trip next week?
If you and your lovely wife are around when we are, I'd love to hook up!
Where will you be skiing!?
post #18 of 37
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I am going to Vail in mid Feb and have started looking for a vehicle. Would like to have an SUV. But when I go to the Dollar and Alamo sites, the prices are in the $400-600 pw range. Where did y'all get such good deals? Should I call the Denver depot and talk to those folks directly?
Thanks.
I found the $178/wk price on Travelocity and it was also on the Dollar site. I suspect it may be that you are booking for the holiday weekend. My rental includes that, but starts before and ends after. And rental car prices seem to change as often as airline ticket prices.
post #19 of 37
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Deliberate, are you going over President's Day weekend?
Afraid so. Do you think that is the issue?
post #20 of 37
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Afraid so. Do you think that is the issue?
I do. It's one of our busiest ski weekends of the year and the rental car companies know that.
post #21 of 37
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I do. It's one of our busiest ski weekends of the year and the rental car companies know that.
Well, I can still get an compact-box for about $200. SInce I plan to go and park for a week, no reason to pay more. Checked out the shuttle but it is like $330 rt for me and my lovely. Maybe we'll just have to do a "compact" tour of the area around Vail. T minus 18 and counting. Can't wait. First timer to the West.
post #22 of 37
Well, just pulled the trigger for a mid-size sedan on Hotwire. Clearly they ding you over the holiday week. At $289 it is more than you folks got your SUV's for, but is about $180 less than on the orbitz/exped/travelocity sites for the same car. Difference is that you do not find out who the rental agency is until you pay. Turns out to be Hertz. Have never used Hotwire before. Did save some cash, but would have preferred a more rugged ride going into the hills. If you folks in your SUV's pass by a guy from Maine with a big moustache hung up on a snow drift on the trail from Denver to Vail, lend a hand would'ya? Obliged.
post #23 of 37
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If you and your lovely wife are around when we are, I'd love to hook up!
Where will you be skiing!?
We'll be out there from 1/31 til 2/7, probably skiing Vail the most venturing around depending on the mood/conditions.
post #24 of 37
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We'll be out there from 1/31 til 2/7, probably skiing Vail the most venturing around depending on the mood/conditions.
We're traveling with a couple other friends, but I'll PM if it looks like we're heading toward Vail.
Have fun!!
post #25 of 37
Rented from Alamo at DIA this past Thursday and was able to select my vehicle from a particular row. The lady at the desk told me that all SUV's with Colorado plates were either 4WD or AWD and to make sure I picked one of those.
post #26 of 37
Would of been nice if the rep on the phone told me that when I called
post #27 of 37

Just a follow up - we ended up with a H3 from Dollar on the $178 a week deal.  Not that bad so far, see how it likes the drive out I70

post #28 of 37

Suggest you also check wether or not the Airport Levy is included in the quoted price cause this can add another 12 or 15%. If renting for a week or more I'd suggest booking and picking up in downtown Denver (i think we were Avis?). Bit of a hassle getting shuttles etc but we found it saved us heaps when renting for 3 weeks.

 

Also suited me cause after flying all the way from NZ, over 24 hours, the last thing you want to do is drive when you are tired, cause we have to get used to being on the 'wrong side' of the road. A night sleep before picking up the vehicle reduces the chance of finding out what my excess is.They also let us drop it off at the airport for no extra fee - mighta been due to us calling into the downtown office and being stressed about getting a taxi, couldn't book one the night before cause the roads were really icy and all companies refused to take bookings. I think he felt sorry for us. Was also Sat morning on Presidents weekend - I will never fly out of Denver on a holiday weekend again - being a foreigner we were not aware this was a holiday weekend, massive queues 

post #29 of 37
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Originally Posted by julie from nz View Post

Suggest you also check wether or not the Airport Levy is included in the quoted price cause this can add another 12 or 15%. If renting for a week or more I'd suggest booking and picking up in downtown Denver (i think we were Avis?). Bit of a hassle getting shuttles etc but we found it saved us heaps when renting for 3 weeks.

 

Not included.  Taxes and fees add over 30% at Denver airport!  They include the Airport Recovery Fee, Energy Recovery Fee, Facility Usage Fee, County Tax and State Tax!  Not clear which of these you'll avoid (other than the Airport Recovery Fee which is about $20/week at the $178 rate).  The convenience is worth it to me.
 

post #30 of 37

got a loaded nissan armada from avis this week for $352 total at the airport.  saturday-saturday rental

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