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Old 09-07-2012, 08:57 AM   #196
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Just Booked with Dollar city special and saved over $58 over my National reservation,plus I upgraded to full size from mid-size. going Oct 6-12 so it's over the holiday. Is there any way to avoid the counter at Dollar? I have always rented from Alamo or National and have never had to stand in line. Hubby won't be too happy if he has to stand in line again after all these years.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:29 AM   #197
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wow! just checked my dollar rental and it dropped from $215 to $134 for a full size oct 25 to 30! I am still counting on alamo to drop in the weeks ahead but at least this is a rate I can live with if it doesn't!
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:14 AM   #198
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Dollar City Special - Rates Dropped

I'm doing the happy dance!

Rates finally dropped! Got a full size for 8 days (Oct 7-14) for $185.41! Will keep checking daily, as every bit helps!
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:38 AM   #199
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I guess I shouldn't really complain as we got a screaming deal at the time on our airfare to fly out of FLL instead of MCO, but boy is it messing up our car rental! I could really knock the rate back if we were MCO at both ends but the different drop is a killer Adding insult to injury, if I had kept my nerve I could have gotten the same air rate out of MCO. However, I was worried that it wouldn't drop that far and could have found myself with a real mess if I had waited.

So...I'm still sitting on my $327 for a full size SUV for the 14 days using enterprise and I have a National rental for exec aisle at $314. I prefer National, but really want the bigger vehicle. Not sure what I should do...seems like National has a cancel fee and it seems like a pain to trek out to the garage only to discover that there are only cars on the aisle [as they promise] and have to trek back into the terminal to stand in line at Enterprise and then still have a potential cancel fee for the National rental. Anyone have thoughts to offer?
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I'm so glad I stopped in this thread today, I just checked my rates and now I'm down to $145 including taxes with dollar for a compact!!

I wonder how much lower it can go!! Yay!
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:25 PM   #201
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Got a question on the Budget code MUGZ029, did I read it correctly that the discount for that coupon code is not taken off until you return the car(SUV)? I reserved the Intermediate SUV with a price $139 weekly rate and $209 final cost. Should I expect to pay $30 less than the $209?? I am happy with the $209 but still checking for lower rates, but it is will really be $179 for a Ford Escape, I don't think I will bother checking any more. TIA
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:47 PM   #202
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Got a question on the Budget code MUGZ029, did I read it correctly that the discount for that coupon code is not taken off until you return the car(SUV)? I reserved the Intermediate SUV with a price $139 weekly rate and $209 final cost. Should I expect to pay $30 less than the $209?? I am happy with the $209 but still checking for lower rates, but it is will really be $179 for a Ford Escape, I don't think I will bother checking any more. TIA
Yes, the coupon is applied when you return the car. I also have an SUV rented with this code, and I did the same thing last year. I pulled my receipts from last year (yes I save stuff like that ) and noticed that they took the $30 off of the 139 rate and then did taxes and fees. Soooo, actually when you return your vehicle your total will be closer to $175, because they are figuring taxes/fees off of a smaller amount.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #203
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Yes, the coupon is applied when you return the car. I also have an SUV rented with this code, and I did the same thing last year. I pulled my receipts from last year (yes I save stuff like that ) and noticed that they took the $30 off of the 139 rate and then did taxes and fees. Soooo, actually when you return your vehicle your total will be closer to $175, because they are figuring taxes/fees off of a smaller amount.
Sweet! Thanks

We are flying into Tampa so the prices for Dollar are significantly higher there than MCO. About twice the price for the same week even with the city specials. Unless I want to rent from Advantage, Fox, or Payless I am not finding anything else close.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:11 PM   #204
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Today I was able to change from the mid-size SUV with Budget at $275 (with codes) to same size with Dollar at $239 under the city special (no additional codes). I was happy before, but I'm even more so now. Additional driver wasn't an issue for us. My DH gets really CRABBY driving in unfamiliar territory, so I drive.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:29 AM   #205
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If things don't change I will be paying more for our rental car than I will for 4 flights down!!! I used some miles to buy our airline tickets and they are running cheaper than a compact car!!! We are flying into Tampa and returning the car to Orlando-is this what is making the price so high?? I am an alamo insider and punched in a few codes and it is still over $400 with taxes. I know they change all the time, but there is someone on the Sept. car rental sight that leaves in a week and she is saying her price has not gone down. I am starting to panic!!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #206
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If things don't change I will be paying more for our rental car than I will for 4 flights down!!! I used some miles to buy our airline tickets and they are running cheaper than a compact car!!! We are flying into Tampa and returning the car to Orlando-is this what is making the price so high?? I am an alamo insider and punched in a few codes and it is still over $400 with taxes. I know they change all the time, but there is someone on the Sept. car rental sight that leaves in a week and she is saying her price has not gone down. I am starting to panic!!!
It is probably the one way drop fee. I was trying out different scenarios for our rental car (as we are going on a cruise in the middle of the trip), and saw that when I picked up at MCO and then dropped off at Port Canaveral, I was charged a $50 fee.
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I know they change all the time, but there is someone on the Sept. car rental sight that leaves in a week and she is saying her price has not gone down. I am starting to panic!!!
I still think the big discounts for mid/late October are still to come.

If you look at postings from last week, you'll see that Enterprise dropped prices for mid-October....and played with those prices a bit day to day and hour to hour. Those prices are back up right now, but I'll bet that was just a test to see where they should price their discounts for Alamo (which I think is the main vacation rental brand at MCO) when they release their near-term rental pricing.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:04 PM   #208
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If things don't change I will be paying more for our rental car than I will for 4 flights down!!! I used some miles to buy our airline tickets and they are running cheaper than a compact car!!! We are flying into Tampa and returning the car to Orlando-is this what is making the price so high?? I am an alamo insider and punched in a few codes and it is still over $400 with taxes. I know they change all the time, but there is someone on the Sept. car rental sight that leaves in a week and she is saying her price has not gone down. I am starting to panic!!!
Yes - renting from one location and returning to another is typically going to be more expensive because they will charge you a drop fee.

Sorry that you are running into this but this is a common mistake that people miscalculate when they decided to fly in/out of different airports. You may save on the flights but you will pay more in rental fees. Something you should always consider when pricing ut overall vacation costs. It often depends on how many people you have flying and what the difference is in airfare.

October rates are still likely to come down but you no one can guarantee it. I'm content with the rates I have but I certainly would liek to see it come down a bit more. Today none of the sites look that great. Although my national rate has remained constant for over a month now. It is probably my best chance for a lower rate. I do have a lower rate with Dollar but the more I think about it the more I think I would much rather stay for National. The additional charges at this point mean that I have full insurance coverage and Emerald Exec access. Worth it to me!
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:24 PM   #209
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It really depends on where you are picking up and dropping as to whether you are charged a 'drop fee'. I am picking up at TPA and dropping at MCO and all the quotes I have looked at do not contain any drop fees.

The problem with one ways is they you often cannot use any coupon codes or 'specials', so you do end up paying a bit more for for your rental, most likely. But keep looking. Mine just dropped $10. Hey, every little bit helps!
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I went in to switch car sizes with Dollar today, prices are back up. Even the city special is $75 more total than last week. We'll just keep what we have!
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