Best time to book rental car?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Pollito916, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Pollito916

    Pollito916 DIS Veteran

    Feb 6, 2005
    We're pretty far out from our December WDW trip, but I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for the the time to get the best deals on rental cars.
  2. joellyn23

    joellyn23 Mouseketeer

    Feb 11, 2005
    IMO, start checkig now and book when you find a decent rate. You can even book the lowest you find now and then keep checking... As you get closer, you'll see the prices go up and down. Grab a new ressie when the price is down and cancel your original. I'm going April 26th. So far, my best rate (with Alamo) was reserved in November. Right now, the rates are quite a bit more. I'll keep watching and as we get closer, I hope to find some great deals.

    At any rate, it doesn't hurt to create a reservation as soon as you find something you consider OK -- just keep watching for something great to come along!


    MELSMICE Hi Ho, Hi Ho, to Disney World we'll go. It'll be

    Feb 22, 2002
    I agree with Joellyn23. I would book now & then keep checking rates. You can cancel any existing ressie if you get a better.

    I recently saved almost $500 between 2 Orlando ressies with Dollar just because I had free time one day & did another rental car check!!!!!!! :cool1:

    We always rent from an on-site vendor just because it's less hassle. Our best deals have always been through Dollar. Sometimes Budget has good deals also.

    Good luck.
  4. browntrout

    browntrout Mouseketeer

    Jan 7, 2004
    We actually found the best rate through travelocity so far. I've used BNM and If you have, or a friend or neighbor has, an entertainment book they have some good coupon's on car rentals.
  5. alicenwonder99

    alicenwonder99 DIS Veteran

    Aug 9, 2004
    Here's my experience with our car rental for our DLR trip July 2007:

    I checked all the major car rental places online in December 2006, and found Dollar to be the cheapest. I rented a minivan. I kept on checking about once a month at first, then more often the closer to our trip. The prices kept on creeping up and up. By 2 weeks before our trip, all of the car rental companies were charging twice as much.

    I'm guessing the summer is a busy time for car rentals in Southern California. But who knows? I would just rent now and keep on checking for something cheaper.


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