For those who RECENTLY rented from Alamo @ MCO....

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  1. bauzkraut

    bauzkraut Earning My Ears

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    Currently my lest expensive reservation with Alamo is for a truck. What can I expect there?
     
  2. ricosuave

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    Lots of trucks! Alamo seems to have a lot of them and even put out trucks in other aisles like midsize car, suv and standard.
     
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  4. ricosuave

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    Quick pics I took of standard and mid suv aisles
     

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  5. bauzkraut

    bauzkraut Earning My Ears

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    Do you know if there were JUST trucks or might there be something else to pick??? (Wishful thinking)
     
  6. Tanya1234

    Tanya1234 Earning My Ears

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    Just wondering what minivans they have in their selection? Is it just Grand Caravans?
     
  7. Tanya1234

    Tanya1234 Earning My Ears

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    Does the Caravan have a DVD player? Wondering if I should back movies for the kiddies for the drive?
     
  8. Coreyjohnson2007

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    The 7 passenger (dodge) vans do not.

    They have an 8 passenger row w Toyota and Honda vans, they might. I do know premium sub isle has suburban and they do have dvd
     
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  9. richmo

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    Its possible, but you should assume not. Not sure if you'll need movies; if you're just driving from the airport to Disney, it's only 30-35 minutes...
     
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  10. disprincess2213

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    Hello everyone- WOw am I out of the loop! So we have never rented a car before to go to Disney but are this time (in a week from now). We booked a Fullsize car with the AP discount...great! I now stumble onto this thread and am majorly confused- you can actually see and choose which car you get???? How do you do this? Should I have booked a lower class? Sorry for all the questions but i just thought I get a Ford fusion or similar- not that we may be able to choose something upon arrival!! What are these isles you speak of?? How does this work?? THank you!!!
     
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  11. richmo

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    The way it works goes something like this: You can save some time and trouble by signing up for Alamo Insiders on their website (its free), then see if you can attach it to your reservation. (If doing that jacks up the price of the reservation, don't bother). Outside of that, before you go, there should be a place to do an online checkin on alamo.com. Do that... Then you'll see a 'Skip the counter' procedure. Do that also. When you're done with that, you'll print out a paper with a bar code. Bring that with you. (This page explains it better: https://www.alamo.com/en_US/car-rental/checkin.html )

    When you arrive at Orlando, go downstairs to the rental car level, but you won't need to stop at the counter in the terminal. Instead, head outside and across the bus lane to the rental car garage. There will probably be someone to greet you and they'll let you know where the Standard/Full size aisle is. You can pick any car in that row, throw your luggage in and you're off. When you get to the exit gate, you'll need to give the paper with the bar code, your driver's license and credit card to the attendant.

    Before you go, you also can keep checking to see if the price drops. You didn't need to reserve a full size. Since Standard and Full size are in the same aisle, if Standard at the current rate is less expensive, take it, then cancel your original reservation. If you'd rather change to a different class altogether, you also have that option.
     
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    you are amazing! This is perfect and easy to understand! I do have a few other questions- the no show/cancellation policy- what is it? I have no credit card on file, just my email. What happens to those who no show or cancel at the expected time of rental pickup? Also, how are the isles labeled (which car classes are together)? Full/standard, conomy/compact, etc? And lastly, what is the policy if we are late dropping off the car from the expected time? Thank you again for this!!
     
  13. richmo

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    Unless you booked a pay in advance rate ("Pay now"), you don't have to worry about no show or cancellation. Its generally not a good idea to do the prepay options, especially since rates often drop fairly close to the travel date. If you booked a non-binding reservation ("Pay later"), technically you don't have to worry about canceling, since you haven't given them your credit card info. Some have been known to have a few active non-binding reservations in different car classes, then go out to the garage and make their selection from different aisles. Personally, I'm not a fan of that since those extra reservations are taking slots that others can use or slightly driving rates up due to increased demand. Nothing happens with the no shows...since the vehicles are not assigned individually, they're just available for someone else to take. If you do have reservations that you're not using, it is best for everyone to cancel them once you know you're not going to use it.

    I think most of the car classes have individual aisles in Orlando. The most common combo is standard/full size. I don't think economy and compact are combined, but I could be mistaken about that. Best thing to do is rent the class you want.

    There's probably a little leeway in return time, but don't count on it. A lot might have to do with the length of your rental. If its, for example, a 5 day rental, you probably get kicked into a weekly rate. Bringing it back an hour or two late probably won't have an effect. But, if you have a 2 day rental and bringing it back a little late pushes you over the day boundary to say 2 days, 1 hr or 2 days, 2 hour, you're more likely to get dinged for the extra time. Generally, there shouldn't be too much of a reason to bring it back late since you'll want to put your return time as about 2 hours before your flight. I have had a flight delayed a few hours and brought the car back a couple hours late, but I was still well within the "weekly" rental rate, so I didn't get charged extra.
     
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  14. greenclan67

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    I just booked a truck to. But there is 5 of us. Wonder what we will get.
     

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