How good is hotwire?

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by disneygal55, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. disneygal55

    disneygal55 DIS Veteran

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    I am having a difficult time getting a decent rate for our trip January2-January 7th. Have tried most car rental companies and various coupons but it"s still up there. Hotwire is coming up about 100+ cheaper but I have never used it. Is the rental company and car always at MCO as reported? I don't want to have to take a shuttle to the car.
     
  2. robinb

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    Avis, National, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, & Hertz participate with Hotwire and not all them are at the airport itself. Personally, it would be worth it for me to take a shuttle to save $100 as I don't find it a really big deal. You may want to try over on our December Car Rental thread for some codes that might work for you.
     
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  4. pomlover

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    No I don't think it's always at MCO unfortunately.
     
  5. JennSaint

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    What do yo mean by this?

    To the OP:
    If you type in MCO for the airport code you will get a car at or very near MCO. Though you may have to take a shuttle I'm sure it's a short ride.
    I think for $100 savings it's worth it for a short shuttle ride.
     
  6. disneygal55

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    Thanks. I was just wondering because if you go on hotwire.com and put in the airport (MCO) and dates when you look under "pick-up" it says "counter and car are at the airport".
     
  7. TrustedTraveler

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    I shopped like crazy for a good January rate (15th thru 23rd) and was very disappointed with the high rates. I tried Hotwire and Priceline, having used them both before with good results. My best deal came from bidding on Priceline for a minivan at MCO. I started at $28 a day which they rejected. Two days later I bid $30 and got it from Alamo. My eight days came out to $347 which is $304 a week, right on target for our budget.

    Hope this helps!
     
  8. cjnix29

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    Hotwire uses hertz, national, alamo, avis and enterprise (I think on that one). The only one of these that isn't on site at the airport is Hertz. I am thinking of taking the plunge with hotwire as well. Gives me a decent rate. Good luck to you. Finding a rental car at a decent rate is my absolute LEAST favorite part of planning the vacation!
     
  9. disneygal55

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    I just got a pretty good deal with Alamo by going on the Costco site and choosing Alamo which gave me up to 25% off plus a free day. It's a little more than hotwire but this way I don't have to pay ahead and if the rates change I can change my reservation. Thanks for all of your suggestions.
     
  10. robinb

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    Thanks for reporting back :). FWIW, if you still want to try Hotwire or Priceline (which will give you a better price) I would do it closer to your dates ... maybe 2-3 weeks out. I got a smokin' deal in August 2008 on Priceline. I paid $16 per day for a Compact :).
     
  11. cjnix29

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    For anyone else....I just used hotwire, and got Avis. Got a better rate than I could find anywhere else. $14 a day. Plus had the coupon from the entertainment book for an additional $10 off. So $146 for the week for a compact.
     
  12. robinb

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    What are your dates?
     
  13. cjnix29

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    December 5-12
     
  14. JennSaint

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    Ooops quoted wrong poster!
     
  15. JennSaint

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    Hotwire allowed you to apply a coupon?
     
  16. cjnix29

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    The entertainment book coupon is actually a rebate. Had to to print my email confirmation, and then the rebate form. Send it in and they will credit my card the $10.
     

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