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ruby33
11-10-2009, 05:58 PM
Last year throught Budget it cost us $311. This year $740! ($603 plus fees). Our dates are 2/13-2/20 and we've never paid this much. I've tried as many different codes as I could find, but nothing less. Any suggestions?

DisMomAmy
11-10-2009, 07:48 PM
Try using the Orlando Magic Card website. The website is carrentalsavers or you can just search for Orlando Magic Card and click on transportation.

Here's a link if I'm allowed: http://www.carrentalsavers.com/florida-car-rental.html

I was finding minivans for 10 days in April for $1200 :scared1: until I used this link and got it for $550.

cjnix29
11-10-2009, 07:50 PM
It's probably too early. I would wait another month before looking seriously.

seashoreCM
11-10-2009, 10:13 PM
Check back often, not always on a Saturday or Sunday. Rates keep changing.

casjen
11-11-2009, 08:09 AM
I had a ressie with a rate I could deal with. But, Alamo came out with a minivan for $199/week the week before we left. So, I canceled my original ressie and booked with Alamo.

I have found the last minute rates to be the best.

TrustedTraveler
11-11-2009, 09:09 AM
I understand that many people are hesitant to try Priceline bidding because you don't know in advance what company you will get and because once the deal is done it's done, with no changes or cancellations, but we've had great luck with Priceline.

I just got a mini van at MCO for January 15 thru 23 (8 days) for a total of $347 through Alamo by bidding $30 a day. That's only $304 a week TOTAL!

We've taken January trips several times so I know this is about as good a deal as anyone will get.

Our recommendation: bid really, really low, expecting it to be rejected, to get the feel for the process. Then two days later you can bid again and try to get it at the price you want. You will see they show you the total price before your bid is accepted, so no bad surprises there. Compared to the Alamo site I'm saving over 60%.

Good luck!

Darcy03231
11-11-2009, 10:06 AM
I went last year over spring break and found I did the best on Priceline about 2 weeks before our trip.

Disneyhappy
11-12-2009, 12:34 PM
I helped a friend book a car for 5 days, 2/20 - 2/25. All quotes were over $500 except Alamo with the Walmart code of 428488. It was about $200. Check it out and hopefully it will help.

ruby33
11-12-2009, 06:04 PM
Thanks! Saved a bundle with the walmart code!

twinsplusone
11-12-2009, 10:13 PM
I just booked with the Wal-mart code and saved over $400 for 2/20-2/27 at TPA. It's for an SUV. Thanks so much!

diznee princess
11-13-2009, 02:08 AM
Last year throught Budget it cost us $311. This year $740! ($603 plus fees). Our dates are 2/13-2/20 and we've never paid this much. I've tried as many different codes as I could find, but nothing less. Any suggestions?

Try Alamo every week under deals section then under last minute specials. It will list cities and deals for that week. You can use that link to your dates. Add yourself the email update list.

They always go down at some point. Book the lowest you find now. There is no credit card needed to hold a reservation. Then check often with every code you find & include coupons then modify that reservation often.
It will give you a screen with the new price and the old price side by side then ask if you want to continue the modified rate or keep the old. You can always modify and add coupon codes anytime.
Google 'alamo coupon codes' and look through different links.

BigTigger
11-13-2009, 11:56 AM
Check the Walmart code 428488 details carefully. While it was about $100 cheaper when I tried it, it had the following terms:

Contract I.D. 428488
Inclusive Rate Items
(1) Additional Driver Included
0 Free Miles Included
$0.35 Each Additional Mile, Calculated On Return And Actual Miles Driven

delauzons
11-13-2009, 03:41 PM
Check the Walmart code 428488 details carefully. While it was about $100 cheaper when I tried it, it had the following terms:

Contract I.D. 428488
Inclusive Rate Items
(1) Additional Driver Included
0 Free Miles Included
$0.35 Each Additional Mile, Calculated On Return And Actual Miles Driven

What airport are you doing the Walmart code from? I got unlimited miles on mine from MCO for dropoff and pickup. It saved quite a bit from a few weeks ago.

twinsplusone
11-13-2009, 04:22 PM
I just went and checked mine too. We had free additional driver and unlimited miles. Thanks for mentioning that we should double check.

BigTigger
11-13-2009, 05:48 PM
I did have a pickup in JAX and dropoff at MCO, so maybe that's why the difference happened. It didn't happen when I looked at a TPA pickup and MCO dropoff. Just thought it was worth mentioning as sometimes these codes do have little differences. Of course with a $100 savings, you'd have to drive 300 miles at the zero free miles rate to negate the full savings.

TheRobbs
11-13-2009, 06:08 PM
I belive you are there during the Daytona 500. I have been TOLD that this event eats up LOTS of rentals in the Central Florida area. Just an FYI.

casjen
11-13-2009, 08:14 PM
This Walmart code is for the general public right? I only like to book with legitimate codes. This is a big price saver. Thrifty was cheaper out of Sanford but for $16 more I got a full size with Alamo.

dioxide45
11-14-2009, 08:16 AM
I helped a friend book a car for 5 days, 2/20 - 2/25. All quotes were over $500 except Alamo with the Walmart code of 428488. It was about $200. Check it out and hopefully it will help.

Check the Walmart code 428488 details carefully. While it was about $100 cheaper when I tried it, it had the following terms:

Contract I.D. 428488
Inclusive Rate Items
(1) Additional Driver Included
0 Free Miles Included
$0.35 Each Additional Mile, Calculated On Return And Actual Miles Driven

What Walmart code is 428488. The only two codes that I have seen on Mousesavers is 428448 and 430710. 430710 is the code we always use.

pocohontas2004
11-14-2009, 03:25 PM
Same thing here - is 428488 really a Wal-Mart code? It isn't listed at mousesaver dot com

BigTigger
11-14-2009, 11:24 PM
Same thing here - is 428488 really a Wal-Mart code? It isn't listed at mousesaver dot com

Just bad typing on my part. It is 428448 and comes from the Rand McNally Walmart 2009 special edition, so it is an open public code (nothing to clip and show).

dioxide45
11-15-2009, 09:12 AM
Just bad typing on my part. It is 428448 and comes from the Rand McNally Walmart 2009 special edition, so it is an open public code (nothing to clip and show).

The thing I questioned is that while this is what Mousesavers says of that rate. I was not able to find the code anywhere in our Rand McNally WalMart road atlas. I think it may have been in a past edition, just not the new one. Or I am not looking in the right place.

Brian Noble
11-15-2009, 09:17 AM
It is possibly from a prior issue, but Mary is pretty careful about these things.

twinsplusone
11-15-2009, 07:56 PM
I booked with code 428488 thinking it was the Wal-mart code. It gave me a much better rate than any other code, but now that I know it's an error I don't want to use it. Before I cancel my reservation, does anyone know what this code is for or where it is from. I tried google but didn't find anything except this thread. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Joan S.
11-15-2009, 09:19 PM
I booked with code 428488 thinking it was the Wal-mart code. It gave me a much better rate than any other code, but now that I know it's an error I don't want to use it. Before I cancel my reservation, does anyone know what this code is for or where it is from. I tried google but didn't find anything except this thread. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Hi, Same here!! Anyone KNOW where 428488 comes from?? Joan

pocohontas2004
11-15-2009, 10:33 PM
Would Alamo tell us, if someone called them on the phone? The code does work for a discount. But, hate to use something not available to the public.

BigTigger
11-16-2009, 01:11 AM
The thing I questioned is that while this is what Mousesavers says of that rate. I was not able to find the code anywhere in our Rand McNally WalMart road atlas. I think it may have been in a past edition, just not the new one. Or I am not looking in the right place.

I bought our 2009 Walmart edition in April as we were traveling to parts of the Carolinas where AAA didn't have city maps available for some of the metro areas and I wanted the detail that Rand McNally has still (albeit in very tiny print). That edition had a separate section bound into it with lots of coupons to clip and some special online Walmart rates for hotels, rental cars, etc. That was where I first saw the code and used it for our June rental at MCO and an August rental at TPA. I had only seen the other Walmart code on Mousesavers prior to noticing this one.

dioxide45
11-16-2009, 07:04 AM
I bought our 2009 Walmart edition in April as we were traveling to parts of the Carolinas where AAA didn't have city maps available for some of the metro areas and I wanted the detail that Rand McNally has still (albeit in very tiny print). That edition had a separate section bound into it with lots of coupons to clip and some special online Walmart rates for hotels, rental cars, etc. That was where I first saw the code and used it for our June rental at MCO and an August rental at TPA. I had only seen the other Walmart code on Mousesavers prior to noticing this one.

Our 2009 road atlas didn't have a seperate section like you describe.

Brian Noble
11-16-2009, 09:22 AM
Would Alamo tell us, if someone called them on the phone? The code does work for a discount. But, hate to use something not available to the public.
In general, they won't.

My experience: if you search (with google etc.) for the code # plus the name of the rental company, and can't find the code with a reasonable description in less than a few pages, it's not "available to the public."

twinsplusone
11-16-2009, 09:31 AM
In general, they won't.

My experience: if you search (with google etc.) for the code # plus the name of the rental company, and can't find the code with a reasonable description in less than a few pages, it's not "available to the public."

Thanks. I was afraid of that. But I'd rather not use something that I'm not entitled to. I'll just go with something safe.

mom23guys2
11-16-2009, 10:26 PM
Thanks,
I just used the Walmart code to get our car for the end of February. I'll check closer to our trip but it is a relief to know we have something at an okay price.
I used it before I noticed the discussion of where it came from. I'm assuming it is from an open source available to anyone.

dioxide45
11-17-2009, 07:03 AM
Thanks,
I just used the Walmart code to get our car for the end of February. I'll check closer to our trip but it is a relief to know we have something at an okay price.
I used it before I noticed the discussion of where it came from. I'm assuming it is from an open source available to anyone.

Walmart code 430710 is available on Mousesavers and there is a link to the code on the Walmart website there. The 428448 code is appearently from the Walmart version of the Rand McNally road atlas. There are coupons in some of the books. You could be asked to produce a coupon. The 430710 code is probably easier for you to provide proof and provides the same rate and benefit of the other. There is really no need to use the 428448 code.

Disneyhappy
11-17-2009, 12:17 PM
Yikes! My error on posting the wrong code - 428488! This is not the Walmart code. I have to let my friend know. I feel realy bad that I posted this code in error. I have no idea what the code is for so no one should use this as you may not be qualified. I am so mad at myself! Sorry!!!!

BigTigger
11-17-2009, 12:32 PM
I asked our in house travel agency if they could see what the 428488 code is available for and their answer was it was for a Japanese trade group. I'd guess it may be hard to justify using it.

Luv2Diz
11-17-2009, 01:18 PM
As others have said, keep checking rates. We always use a Costco code along with any other applicable code I find on Mousesavers or www.carrentalsavers.com. I have rebooked twice in the last 1-1/2 weeks as rates have continued to drop for our January trip.

twinsplusone
11-17-2009, 05:33 PM
Yikes! My error on posting the wrong code - 428488! This is not the Walmart code. I have to let my friend know. I feel realy bad that I posted this code in error. I have no idea what the code is for so no one should use this as you may not be qualified. I am so mad at myself! Sorry!!!!

Don't worry about it. You were trying to help all of us. Typos happen all of the time. We'll just have keep watching for a deal.

snowy76
11-20-2009, 12:02 AM
I belive you are there during the Daytona 500. I have been TOLD that this event eats up LOTS of rentals in the Central Florida area. Just an FYI.
Also mid-winter break/President's week for most schools in the northeast. Lots of folks heading to FL to cure their seasonal depression ;)

Maine-iac
11-20-2009, 11:48 AM
I booked with code 428488 thinking it was the Wal-mart code. It gave me a much better rate than any other code, but now that I know it's an error I don't want to use it. Before I cancel my reservation, does anyone know what this code is for or where it is from. I tried google but didn't find anything except this thread. Thanks for any help you can provide.

I used this code for my Feb 27- Mar 3 rental (did this back in July). I want to stick with it because if I do not I will lose my good rate. I will e-mail Mary at mousesavers to see if she can give us some info.

Maine-iac
11-20-2009, 01:02 PM
I used this code for my Feb 27- Mar 3 rental (did this back in July). I want to stick with it because if I do not I will lose my good rate. I will e-mail Mary at mousesavers to see if she can give us some info.

I e-mailed Mary

"We have a discussion on this code on the disboards. I have a reservation using this code as do others but some are thinking it is not a good code. Can you find out for us?
Thank you, Lisa"

Mary got back to me very quickly. This is her response

"I think there is a problem with the management at Alamo's MCO location, not with the code. If you use the code, check in at the kiosks to avoid the counter."