Previously, I mentioned that Tom and I are going to Hawaii (Big Island), this September. When I booked our trip on Travelocity, I was unable to book our car at the same time due to some weird glitch on Travelocity’s site. I was running into a similar problem on Expedia.
When I went back to look for a car rental later, the price of car rentals was 50% higher than I was quoted when I booked our package. Originally, I was quoted a price of $127 for a week-long rental. Immediately thereafter, I was quoted $191. That was not acceptable. I decided to see what happened if I waited.
For the last month, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for car rental values. I checked for discounts and online coupons. The lowest rate I found was $14.95 a day. Until this week.
Monday, the car rental rate on Hotwire was $13.95 a day. This was a blind, prepaid rental, which works just fine if you have a fixed itinerary. I almost booked.
I’m glad I didn’t.
Today, the rental rate was $9.95 per day. I saved $28 by waiting two days. I don’t think the cost can get much lower, so, I jumped on it.
I got this good rate by:
2) Watching for rate reductions;
3) Looking for coupons and promotions;
4) Booking the least expensive car (I almost always get an upgrade);
5) Taking a risk that I might be renting from Brand X (it turned out to be Alamo); and
Now, if I can just figure out how to get from one end of the island to the other without violating my rental car contract by driving on the Saddle Road. (It’s probably a good idea to avoid driving up a mountain in a Chevy Aveo).