Friday, April 30, 2010

Accidentally OCD

I got OCD last night and was determined, ferociously so, to find a van to rent, for my Dad and Katie, as they are driving it down to Florida. A van can hold all our luggage and fit all of us as we go around Florida. So I...accidentally...erghhh maybe not...spent about 7 hours searching car websites, applying different coupon codes, etc to see if I could find a DECENT priced van.

The cheapest I could find a van for was almost $1400 and to find THAT price I WORKED man, and applied coupon discount codes, etc. I was all over the place and reserved a total of like 14 cars...LOL! I was able to find a really out of the box way of doing it though, which has been rejected. I am very sad, it was genius. If you rent FROM Florida to CT, I could get a van for $10 a DAY!! A DAY!! I rented it from the 17th to the 31st. It was $300 total! So all we needed was a car to drive from CT to Florida from the 13th to the 17th. 4 FREAKING DAYS! And the cheapest I could find, that included at least a full size car, since they do need to get DOWN there with luggage of theirs at least, and my GIANT bag, was $741!! What the crap is up with that? I searched for hours for ANY car site that could give me a decent price, and you know why they are charging do much? It is called a airport drop off fee. One site said the car would me a little over $300, but the airport drop off was $563!! WHY?!

I even tried to make it non-airport pick up or drop off locations, and they don't allow that. NONE of the car rental sites will let you pick up the car at a different location of theirs. Because places like Alamo and Hertz have locations all over, but they have made it so the websites will not allow you to pick up and drop off at their smaller locations. Apparently that will save you money so they won't allow it.

It is just so frustrating so as of now, he has a premium car (he realized from my search that cars were down in price) for the whole drive to and from Florida. He had me cancel every single reservation I made, which was more hours tonight. Supposedly if I spend all my money and have loads of junk to bring home, we will send it on the plane, actually check luggage. We better, because I plan to have loads of retail therapy.

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Toriz said...

Once again, it appears to be all about the money! :( *Sigh*

The Boob Nazi said...

Wait, so are you driving or flying?

Alamo Rent A Car said...


Most Alamo locations allow one-way rentals. I'd like to help you with this - please contact me at care[at]

When emailing please list reference # 100430-001004 in the subject line.

- Elizabeth with Alamo Rent A Car

Midwestern Mama said...

Florida...... my old stomping grounds. Born and raised. Miss it so much. What part of Florida are you going to?
Tell 'em I said hi!! Have Fun!!


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