Aulani - rental/transportation

Discussion in 'DVC Resorts' started by leelee9878, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. leelee9878

    leelee9878 DIS Veteran

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    Hello, I know that everyone suggests getting a rental, and I fully agree and plan to do so. However, I am trying to do this trip as cheap as possible (which is a task to begin with because Hawaii is so expensive. While looking for car rentals I am finding just over $300 for a week from HNL. If I were to rent to the Alamo in property it is over $100 cheaper. I would love to rent on property so that we can save the money, but I am unsure how we would get to the resort.

    Has anyone went and not rented a car? How did you get to the resort, and how much did it cost.

    Any help would be appreciated, we are scheduled to go Jan 22.
     
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  3. sarahk0204

    sarahk0204 DIS Veteran

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    Ok, I haven't been to Aulani, but I was just listening to the DIS podcast where they were talking about Aulani. Because they are not DVC and would incur the per day paking charge, they suggested renting a car at the resort for the day and turning it back in at night. Would it be any cheaper to rent a car for the drive from the airport, turn it in, and have a no-car day or 2 during the stay? Maybe more hassle than it is worth, but just a thought.
     
  4. travlrmel

    travlrmel Earning My Ears

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    When we went, I rented from Alamo. I typically rent from them (they seem to be cheaper than the others) so I signed up for their "insiders" club. For Sun-Sat rental for a compact it was $230, about the same price as Fri-Mon rental in Vegas 2 months earlier. I rented a compact, but ended up with a mid-size because they were out of compacts. Check out the "Hot Deals" on their website.

    Also checked into a shuttle to/from the airport and renting the car at the resort. I don't remember the specifics, but it came out about the same.
     
  5. lilpooh108

    lilpooh108 DIS Veteran

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    I just checked hotwire for you for Jan 22, for a week and a compact is $262 w/taxes, no LDW.

    If you read the Transportation boards, ppl always post good codes. You really have to work for a good rental car rate (IMO). It took me hours to find a great rate for our Maui & HNL rentals for Christmas. Try different companies, and different codes. It's a PITA butyou'll save in the end.
     
  6. leelee9878

    leelee9878 DIS Veteran

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    I completely agree, and I am the queen of searching every possible option haha. I have mastered Orlando, but Hawaii is a new venture for me :)

    I ended up finding a car thru Alamo direct for $268 w/taxes, I think this may be the cheapest I will be able to find. I booked it and I will cancel, if I can find cheaper. If I were to rent direct from Aulani it would be $200 for the week including taxes.

    I dont think we will be able to find a shuttle that is less than $30 pp RT so it looks like I will most likely be keeping the reservation that I made. I will definitley keep an eye on the transportation threads...I forgot all about them!
     
  7. 1EvilQueenfan

    1EvilQueenfan Mouseketeer

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    We will be going to Aulani on Jan 23 for 16 nights. We purchased the Entertainmet book for Hawaii which had car rental coupons. We were able to get a car rental from the airport for the entire trip for about $480. It seemed cheaper to me to rent the car from the airport rather than Aulani. Hope this helps.
     
  8. Patricia

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    Thrifty and Dollar had some great deals when we were there. Check them out.
     
  9. tinkerbe

    tinkerbe Earning My Ears

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    So I will be going to Aulani for just 2 days. Hopping from another island. A 2 day plus a few extra hours cost about $170.00 for a car rental. Thats almost the same a a whole week! I don't think I will really need a car for just 2 days, but the taxi ride is around $70 each way. I am going crazy! Love some discount codes! Thanks:thumbsup2
     
  10. dr&momto2boys

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