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Old 01-03-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Why are car rentals so expensive Feb 20-28??

I have been using codes and sites like Kayak and Travelocity to try and find a decent car rental for Feb. 20-28, and the quotes I'm getting are ridiculous! Nothing under $600 except for Carl's for a pick-up at a little under $500. I don't get it. It's the tail end of President's week, but most of it is the following week. We've rented 4 times in the past, twice in December and twice earlier in Feb. and never has our total been over $150. What gives?? Is there something major going on that week I don't know about? I could maybe see Christmas or Easter going that high, but not the last week in February. Any ideas? As it stands my husband and kids may be flying down while I drive our car from Maryland since gas is so cheap right now. We got very reasonable airfare ($580 for four), but I can't stomach paying as much as that for a car rental....
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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Check on Southwest Airlines site. Use the link in specials for Alamo and use their directions for booking. From the 20th-28th of Feb I just checked for you and got a car for $230 all taxes in.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:48 PM   #3
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For what it's worth, no one really knows what's been going on, other than to suspect that the Orlando agencies have been very good at cutting their fleet sizes this year.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:55 PM   #4
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Wow, that is amazingly better! Thank you VERY much. I did go ahead and make a reservation there.
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:03 PM   #5
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For what it's worth, no one really knows what's been going on, other than to suspect that the Orlando agencies have been very good at cutting their fleet sizes this year.
It is very screwy this year. On the Alamo website I compared a rental for two weeks earlier in February (all else being the same) and the base rate was a lot closer to what I was used to---$150, then for my dates it shot up to $650! (That was before I used the SW website suggestion.) Where are all those cars going, I wonder?
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Your Welcome!,
I don't think the car rental companies will lower their rates for the last 2 weeks of Feb until the start of Feb. They will try and suck as much money out of us as they can!
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:50 PM   #7
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Don't know about fleet size--But it is the end of Presidents' Week, Daytona Speedweek is the week before, and sometime in Feb. is Biker Week at Daytona. I can tell you for sure that Presidents' Week is always the most expensive time to rent a car in FL.
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Bike week is earlier as well, IIRC.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #9
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I booked through Dollar and got a minivan for $199 a week...the code was AX07 -- you must pay with an American Express card........ I am picking up in Tampa airport, returning at Orlando airport (getting charged a $50 fee for that) renting for 10 days, so with the fee & taxes I am paying $468... that is the best I have been able to get yet!

eta: ooops.. this offer expires 2/27.. not good for your dates, sorry
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:02 AM   #10
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Where did you find the Alamo link on Southwest? I see that the special appears to end 1/31/09? Thanks! I have the $199/week minivan ($268 total) from Dollar booked but I cancelled my Amex a while back - I guess I'll have to re-instate if necessary. You have to pay with Amex for this promotion.
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It says it ends in January, but it gave me good rates in February. Just follow the directions from here:

http://www.southwest.com/hotfares/ca...html#25percent

And, when you get to the "select car" stage, be sure to enter the $25 coupon code ID you can find on Alamo's site.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:53 AM   #12
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Unfortunately not good for me. Over $480 for a compact for 2/17-2/23. I used both codes too - 7013855 for corp id and AD6974JDM for the coupon.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:14 PM   #13
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I noticed that I had to book through the Southwest site to get a good rate. If I tried to enter the codes directly on alamo.com, it was no soap.
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This was on the southwest site
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:25 PM   #15
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Must be because of the P-Week overlap. The rates for the week after (with the $25 coupon) are about $240 for an 8-day rental, which is pretty darn good.
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