My sister’s destination wedding is taking place in a few weeks and until last night we still hadn’t nailed down which car rental company we were going to use. But at about 10:30 pm last night we pulled the trigger and finalized our rental car plans.
I should also mention that while I know there is a skill to be learned when it comes to getting travel deals, I am not particularly skilled in this area. I generally know how to find good prices on most things I buy, but renting cars is something I haven’t had to do too much of.
What we were looking for in a rental car
- We are going to need the car for a full 7 days
- If we could find a good enough deal on a convertible we would get that. After all November is pretty nice in Florida.
- In-terminal pickup and drop off was much preferred.
- Unlimited miles would probably be best for the amount of driving we will be doing.
So, I started comparing prices just like I normally do and was getting ready to start digging for some coupon codes to see if I could find a little better price and then it happened… I found noticed that Hotwire had a “Hot Rate” deal for the car we were looking for. After seeing the prices of all the other car rental car websites, it just didn’t make sense that they were about half the average price of the others.
I called them up to see what the catch was. They explained that the only “catch’ is that I don’t know which rental car company we will be with until after we pay. That’s it? I verified that I would still be able to pick it up and return it in our airport and that we would have unlimited miles. So, with that price, I decided our bargain hunting was finished and would take it.
The prices I compared
|Hotwire.com||“Hot Rate” Deal||$269.97|
As you can see, no one else was even in the ballpark with Hotwire’s “Hot Rate” deal. To be fair, I didn’t use a coupon for most of the other companies, which would have brought their prices down as well, but I would have been pretty surprised to find a 50% off coupon with any of them.
I will be back!
So, I am not sure how often Hotwire has the “Hot Rate” deals running and what the chances are of getting one for your trip, but I will surely make them my first stop when looking for the best price on a rental car in the future. If they don’t have a deal running, I probably would try digging deeper to find car rental discounts or the obvious: just rent a cheaper car!
A great deal
All in all, I am pretty excited because I feel like we pretty much got the cheapest price possible and I didn’t have to spend 4 hours comparing prices. We get to drive a convertible around for a week in Florida for the price of a Chevy Aveo. Now, we just have to pray that we get the model we want. She wants a VW Bug, I want a Mustang. I am guessing we will probably end up with a Sebring just like Michael Scott. Oh well, it is still a great deal and a convertible!