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fabfive
12-30-2008, 08:21 AM
I am trying to book a rental car for April 11 - 18.:confused3 I am getting prices of $505.00 for an economy car. HELP please. I am a member of AAA. My husband works for Anthem/Well Point. When I asked them for the Anthem rate, the guy quoted me of $1,000.00 :scared:

I will be flying into Orlando on Saturday April 11th in the morning and leaving late afternoon on the 18th. Please help.

brianm27
12-30-2008, 08:29 AM
Unfortunately, that is Easter week.

If you are willing to go with a lesser known rental company, such as Payless or Advantage, the are still showing rates in the 200-300 range.

jlewisinsyr
12-30-2008, 10:17 AM
Spring Break + Reduced Inventory = Higher Prices

Dokietoes
12-30-2008, 10:57 AM
For your dates, AM pickup and PM dropoff, Hotwire has a rental via Enterprise for $278.77. Same at Enterprise website.:thumbsup2

fabfive
12-30-2008, 11:12 AM
For your dates, AM pickup and PM dropoff, Hotwire has a rental via Enterprise for $278.77. Same at Enterprise website.:thumbsup2

That is the same quote I got this morning after I posted this one. My husband works for Anthem so I am hoping "His Code" will make it less expensive.

disneyfaninaz
12-30-2008, 11:35 AM
Car rental prices seem to be way up from last year all across the board. I am paying twice the amount for the same car next year that I did earlier this year.

Dokietoes
12-30-2008, 02:27 PM
That is the same quote I got this morning after I posted this one. My husband works for Anthem so I am hoping "His Code" will make it less expensive.


I myself would book the $278 on the Enterprise website before it goes away. From what I read on Enterprise's web site, it is cancelable. Corporate rates aren't always cheaper. Rental car rates when I worked for Xerox and DEC were always higher than I could book it myself. Intermediate size vehicle is available at the same price. Good luck.

disneydiz
12-30-2008, 06:08 PM
Have you tried all the codes from Mousesavers? I am renting from April 11-19 and paying $250 for a mid-size. I like using Dollar (try the Southwest Air code, OCVB, oi1054, etc.). Keep trying.

fabfive
12-31-2008, 06:55 AM
Have you tried all the codes from Mousesavers? I am renting from April 11-19 and paying $250 for a mid-size. I like using Dollar (try the Southwest Air code, OCVB, oi1054, etc.). Keep trying.

I tried the code on Dollar and it says it is not available for my dates:mad:

disneydiz
12-31-2008, 08:38 AM
When I plug in your dates on Dollar using the Southwest code, I get a full-size for a total of $270. Also, AAA does not usually give good rates. Are you on or off property?

webworm
12-31-2008, 08:52 AM
I am trying to book a rental car for April 11 - 18.:confused3 I am getting prices of $505.00 for an economy car. HELP please. I am a member of AAA. My husband works for Anthem/Well Point. When I asked them for the Anthem rate, the guy quoted me of $1,000.00 :scared:

I will be flying into Orlando on Saturday April 11th in the morning and leaving late afternoon on the 18th. Please help.

I just checked through Southwest and booking from their web site you can get a mid size with Advantage for $204.03 taxes included.

fabfive
12-31-2008, 08:54 AM
We are staying at the Marriott's Grand Vista.

Do I go through SW Airlines and book the car?

webworm
12-31-2008, 08:59 AM
We are staying at the Marriott's Grand Vista.

Do I go through SW Airlines and book the car?

Sure you can. I booked a minivan for 10 days yesterday for March break in Fort Myers for $393.00 tax in and everyone else was $550.00 or more. I will keep checking because car rental rates keep changing.

fabfive
12-31-2008, 09:13 AM
I just went in through SW and found Alamo at $185.00 but when I went further to get a reservation it jumped to over $600.00. I must be challanged or something.:confused3

webworm
12-31-2008, 09:37 AM
I just went in through SW and found Alamo at $185.00 but when I went further to get a reservation it jumped to over $600.00. I must be challanged or something.:confused3

Here is what I got booking through the Southwest web site.

Advantage Pricing and Conditions of Rental
Rental Car Details
Date Day Time Details
Apr 11 Sat 12:00pm Pickup Mid-size car in Orlando - MCO
Apr 18 Sat 12:00pm Dropoff Mid-size car in Orlando - MCO
Pricing
Item Amount
Base Rate $146.82
Drop Charge $0.00
Mileage Charge Unlimited
SALES TAX $12.45
ERF $7.00 per Day
SFS $14.00 per Day
LRF1 $8.75 per Day
APF MCO $15.01
Approximate Total $204.03

fabfive
12-31-2008, 10:18 AM
Again I am challanged. I did what you said and chose Advantage. I put in my visa number and hit reserve this car and got a message "Rental car pricing has changed select another company". :eek:

webworm
12-31-2008, 10:40 AM
Again I am challanged. I did what you said and chose Advantage. I put in my visa number and hit reserve this car and got a message "Rental car pricing has changed select another company". :eek:

There is something you must be doing incorrect because I just booked the mid size for the same dates using my credit card and got the same total as quoted earlier. After I booked it I cancelled it of course using the confirmation number I received.

I just checked the Advantage web site and it has the same rate as well for the Intermediate Car so perhaps you may want to try that. The link is below.

http://www.advantage.com/

fabfive
12-31-2008, 10:57 AM
That worked! :yay:

Do you think it will get any cheaper? How often should I check back?:surfweb:

webworm
12-31-2008, 01:24 PM
That worked! :yay:

Do you think it will get any cheaper? How often should I check back?:surfweb:

It's hard to say if you will get better but you can check once in a while. Car rentals and airline prices are kind of like gambling. I got lucky 2 days ago when I booked my flight to Fort Myers from Pittsburgh because the day before it was $69.00 and I almost booked. The next day when I actually booked it was $48.00 minus a $25.00 coupon from AirTran. I got each flight for $65.00 return including taxes and both are nonstop as well. For family of 5 I paid $335.00 total.

It's kind of like playing the lottery I guess.

fabfive
12-31-2008, 01:52 PM
I have been hearing about these coupons for Airtran but I have not seen any, where do you get them?

webworm
12-31-2008, 02:02 PM
I have been hearing about these coupons for Airtran but I have not seen any, where do you get them?

Just sign up using your email address from the home page of AirTran www.airtran.com and you will get 1 coupon sent to your email address for each email you sign up with. If you need 4 tickets then you want to use 8 email addresses so you can enter 4 coupons for the soutbound trip to get $100.00 off in total. Then use a separate reservation for the return using another 4 coupons to get $100.00 off on the return trip. You can always create a few on hotmail or google really quick. I had 5 to begin with so had to create another 5 to get the $125.00 discount on the return.

fabfive
12-31-2008, 02:05 PM
Just sign up using your email address from the home page of AirTran www.airtran.com and you will get 1 coupon sent to your email address for each email you sign up with. If you need 4 tickets then you want to use 8 email addresses so you can enter 4 coupons for the soutbound trip to get $100.00 off in total. Then use a separate reservation for the return using another 4 coupons to get $100.00 off on the return trip. You can always create a few on hotmail or google really quick. I had 5 to begin with so had to create another 5 to get the $125.00 discount on the return.


Do you think I could use them on a new reservation I just made before Christmas?

webworm
12-31-2008, 02:11 PM
Do you think I could use them on a new reservation I just made before Christmas?

I don't know if they would allow that but if I were you I would give AirTran a call to see what they have to say. If you get lucky perhaps they will give you a credit for the difference or another trip maybe.

mommy*RN
01-01-2009, 01:21 AM
Sorry to jump on late in the game, but I noticed the Airtran coupon has to be used by Jan 2nd...and is only good on flights through April. Is this something Airtran has done in the past? Will there be new coupons for trips later this year?
Thanks!

webworm
01-01-2009, 12:23 PM
Sorry to jump on late in the game, but I noticed the Airtran coupon has to be used by Jan 2nd...and is only good on flights through April. Is this something Airtran has done in the past? Will there be new coupons for trips later this year?
Thanks!

This is my first time using AirTran but it looks like the last time they sent a $25.00 coupon was last August but it was limited to travel to Atlanta so I don't think they send them out too often.