Fatwallet.com Travel Discussion Our Mission - Serve consumers with knowledge, value and guidance. https://www.fatwallet.comhttps://static-forums.fatwallet.com/static/i/spacer.gifFatWallet.comhttps://www.fatwallet.com <![CDATA[Can United Airline Electronic Travel Certificate be used for reward flight?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556093

Rating: 0 Posted By: ussrfw
Views: 377 Replies: 1

United Airline offer me $75Electronic Travel Certificate for some defect on my seat during my last flight.
I have lots of UA miles, so I usually only book reward flight.
For example, it cost 35000 miles + $5.6 tax to fly to China.
There is $75 catch up fee if you book the ticket in 21 days before flight.

I wonder whether the$75Electronic Travel Certificate can be used to pay the tax and catch up fee of reward flight ticket?
Thank you very much!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556093 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:45:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Mindy]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1555954

Rating: -4 Posted By: paininneck
Views: 458 Replies: 3

Best tickets from pbi to lga April 27Pm to may 1,2017
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1555954 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:30:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Japan or Hawaii request. Thanks]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1554739

Rating: 0 Posted By: wino4ever
Views: 830 Replies: 3

Any tips where to find deals? Looking to travel in August 2017. No children. 3 adults. Would like all inclusive package. Adventure, sophistication and exploration of locations. Thank you.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1554739 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:13:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Budget Early Return Fees?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553713

Rating: 0 Posted By: anticlawson
Views: 1849 Replies: 6

Anyone know if Budget Car Rental has early return fees? Renting a car and returning it the same day shows an $80 charge, but renting it one day and returning the next is only $60. I only need it for the one day, but just wondering if I would be charged a fee for returning early?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553713 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:58:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Cashless tolls in Orlando area]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553660

Rating: 0 Posted By: MommyOfHAndK
Views: 1918 Replies: 2

I have read TA and other travelsites and am still not clear; renting a car in Florida Sanford airport and heading to Orlando and around it. Are there any of those cashless tollroads that rental company is warning me about? Seminole Expressway (417) getting in out airport and 4 are most likely the only highways I'll be taking and neither one requires SunPass or other pass, correct?
Thanks!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553660 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:24:16 -0600
<![CDATA[is there a camel3 for travel?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553557

Rating: 0 Posted By: miserly
Views: 2643 Replies: 9

I know there is one for car rentals. is there such a thing for hotels? where given specific information, the website notifies you when there is a price drop?
tia
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553557 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:56:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Sticking it to the airlines and only paying $28 for a flight.]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1552916

Rating: 3 Posted By: atikovi
Views: 2322 Replies: 18

I found a $28 fare from Orlando to DC just one week out. When I booked it online, they offered all kinds of add-ons at extra cost like baggage fee, carry-on fee, seat assignment fee, etc. that would have added another $100 to the fare. Screw that, declined them all and just paid the $28. I'll have to travel light by only having a18"x14"x8" "personal item tote" with me, but for an overnight trip, that just fine. When the airlines make more off the fees they charge than the actual airfare, something is messed up. And no, I don't plan on spending $8 on a snack either.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1552916 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:14:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Orbitz travel protection--BUYER BEWARE]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1552183

Rating: 0 Posted By: dunebot
Views: 2254 Replies: 5

I purchased an Orbitz vacation with their protection policy, I am exercising the paid right ti change my trip due to an injury.
The total cost of the trip $1991
The total cost of the rebooked trip $1195
That equals a refund or credit of $795. right? WRONG
They will not honor the policy stating it was 'UNDER' the previous ticket price, nothing was charged to the credit card so no credit/refund applies so all they will credit is $195.
I ahve talked with 4 different people for 1 hour and 45 minutes, all stating different reasons for the change charge.
So I paid $201 for a travel protection policy, they will not honor, so I am out both the policy price and their $200 per ticket change fee = $801.00

Cheaters or liars, what a way to make a living - beware of Orbitz.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1552183 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:24:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Going To Reno: A couple of questions....]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1550941

Rating: 0 Posted By: traderneal
Views: 3103 Replies: 7

Have to been to Vegas many, many times and it has lost its luster for me. So, I have always wanted to check out Reno, just to see what it's like. My cost to get and stay there is virtually free thanks to the fine folks at Harrah's and American Airlines. I will be there Super Bowl weekend for three full days (Friday through my early morning departure on Monday) My questions are:

1. Do I need to rent a car?
2. Good restaurants?
3. Places to see.


I have done lots of research already, but want to get some insider tips.


Thanks
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1550941 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:30:38 -0600
<![CDATA[American Airlines: JFK - Paris CDG $494 or less]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1550727

Rating: 0 Posted By: bandyopa
Views: 2948 Replies: 0

Now - June. Many Dates available. Stay = 2 - many nights. Booking Code = K.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1550727 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:22:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Disney World Tickets Half Price]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1548995

Rating: 0 Posted By: Buffalo88
Views: 3215 Replies: 9

I'm trying to find a ticket broker who would buy Disney World tickets that we're not going to use. Disney won't give refunds and we've got over $3,000 in tickets that are worthless to us.
I think a ticket broker in the Orlando area would probably be the best, but I have no idea who to approach for the best deal. We have eight four day, four park tickets and would be willing to sell them for half price or less.
Thanks in advance.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1548995 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:46:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Can you suggest some good travelling sites?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547940

Rating: 0 Posted By: erichjhardy
Views: 4240 Replies: 1

Hi,
If God wills, by the start of 2017, I'm planning to have a trip to US with my family. But, before I jump into it, I would like to plan it before. Just need to book the hotels and need to confirm the places to visit. Can someone suggest me some sites from which I could collect some details? Hoping for the best.
Thank you
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547940 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:02:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Question about getting bumped on United]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547344

Rating: 0 Posted By: syrauch
Views: 4446 Replies: 13

When United overbooks, when you check in online, sometimes you are asked if you will consider being voluntarily bumped. Usually there are no details regarding exact compensation or on what flight you will be rebooked.

My question is... if I check "yes", that I am willing to be voluntarily bumped, and I get to the airport and I don't like the compensation offered or the rebooked flight, can I then refuse to be voluntarily bumped?

I'm always willing to consider being bumped... but depending on the compensation and the rescheduled flight, I might not want to... so I'm always reluctant to check "yes" on check-in for fear they will bump me regardless. Can I refuse the offer once at the gate and claim my reserved seat?

Thanks for your input.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547344 Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:24:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Airfarewatchdog: Are you willing to pay extra to store luggage in the overhead bin?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547278

Rating: 0 Posted By: ablang
Views: 4396 Replies: 8

Something tells me that I should be answering this question. There should be a "hell no" option.

survey link
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547278 Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:31:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Travel Fairness: "Some airlines are making it harder to find low fares. You can stop them."]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547107

Rating: 3 Posted By: ablang
Views: 4524 Replies: 7

So there's this online petition. I don't know if it's legit and I don't know if enough people signing it will do anything.

--Some airlines are making it harder to find low fares. You can stop their bad behavior.Millions of people depend on online travel comparison shopping sites to find the most affordable flights at the most convenient times.These airlines are blocking access to fare and schedule information to make it more difficult for travelers to compare all of their options next to the competition. This makes flight shopping confusing and low fares harder, if not impossible, to find.The U.S. Department of Transportation is examining this potentially unfair business practice. The DOT is asking for public commentary on this issue through December 30.
Action AlertHere's what you can do to protect your rightsTell the Department of Transportationthat you expect them to put consumers first by promoting transparency and fairness in air travel.

It's easy to let them know how important flight comparison shopping is for you, and that airlines shouldn't be able to decide who can access publicly available information.

Add your name to the petition below. Your message and comments will be sent to the Department of Transportation. Tell them to protect your right to fair treatment from airlines.

http://airtravelfairness.org/

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547107 Sat, 17 Dec 2016 07:52:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Best way to cash my reward points]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1546671

Rating: 0 Posted By: VAIndigo
Views: 2906 Replies: 4

Over couple of years i racked reward points at various places

Marriott: 300k
Delta: 200k
Pentagon Fed Amex Travel Rewards: 180k

whats the best way to maximize out of it. I am not in need of any specific thing at this time and no travel coming up.
Looking for ideas to consolidate them for maximum cashing options ..

Of all , I am sick of Penfed Amex as there is no good way to cash them and using them for gift cards usually give below 1c/$

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1546671 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:21:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Any suggestions for 'on the way' trip to India]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1546198

Rating: 0 Posted By: samandy
Views: 2745 Replies: 1

I plan to travel India with kids 9 and 7. Any suggestions to stop in between like Europe or other places for 2-4 days? It will be during summer.
Interest is not Metros like London - which may not be different from New York. But something Big/Unique Natural attraction(Everest example?) or Historic(Example Leaning tower in Italy, Great wall of China).

Appreciate any feedback and best way/website to book the trip?
In India I have accommodation.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1546198 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:08:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Disneyland and Sea World over the holidays...]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1545335

Rating: 0 Posted By: needhelpplease
Views: 3341 Replies: 6

I know they'll be super busy but trying to plan the best time to go overthe holidays in Dec.

Have any day tickets already
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1545335 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:16:44 -0600
<![CDATA[EZ-Pass and Rental Cars - lots of problems]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1545212

Rating: 0 Posted By: robstrash
Views: 3290 Replies: 4

I live in NJ and in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the automated toll system is called EZ-Pass. Many of the rental cars come with EZ-Pass transponder in a small plastic box on the windshield. If you want to use it in theory you must slide it out of the box so it's recognized at the tolls and works. Of course the rental car companies charge $3-$5 a day plus the actual toll charges so it's not usually a good deal. Since we have our own EZ-Pass transponders already we just take those when we get a rental. I've had 2 issues on my last 2 rentals and looking for help understanding what is going on.

Our car broke down in Baltimore, MD and wife had to get a rental car (long story). The rental car (from Budget) had the EZ-Pass transponder in the plastic box which we never pulled out because wife took our personal EZ-Pass transponder from our car. She had no problems on the way up and personal transponder worked fine. About 10 days later I had to drive the car back down to Baltimore from NJ and again I brought our own transponder. Today my wife gets an email from Budget saying we owe $4 toll plus $19.75 in fees for using their EZ-Pass transponder. The toll was $4 for I-95 in Newark Delaware at 1:21pm (which was around the time I was there). So I log into our NJ EZ-Pass account and print out all the transactions for that day and it shows me going from Trenton to PA at 11:18am but the next entry is for 3:17pm on my north-bound trip back home again. It does not show an entry for Delaware I-95 southbound. Now I am perplexed - why did my transponder not work but more importantly how the heck did the Budget transponder work since it was never removed from the plastic box which is supposedly to shield it from being read?

So basically now I have no recourse and have to pay the almost $20 in fees even though I had my own transponder with me. For the trip home, all the tolls show in my EZ-Pass account including the northbound $4 at the Delaware I-95 toll booth at 4pm. Can anyone explain how the Budget transponder worked while in the plastic box only at the toll where for some reason my personal transponder failed to work? Is there some secondary setting on the Budget transponder? Also, do I need to contact NJ EZ-Pass to get a new transponder since mine is not working 100% of the time? I checked and the original time my wife drove southbound in our own car it does correctly show the $4 toll for I-95 Delaware.

Thanks for your help.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1545212 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:42:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Park Wiz helps you know if it is okay to park in strange cities.]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1545040

Rating: 0 Posted By: JW10
Views: 3424 Replies: 4

Park Wiz helps you know if it is okay to park in strange cities. complete with optional phone app.
New York, Chicago and other cities See summaryWhen you book parkingwith ParkWhiz, your spot is guaranteed. Curious about how to park? No worries. Your parking pass will tell you exactly what you need to know. Want a cheat sheet -see website.
Park Wizguarantees that youre getting the best rate. If you find a better price (same date, same time, same address) and the location doesnt have a Price Advisory, well refund you the difference - no questions asked. A guaranteed space is waiting for you. We guarantee that a space will be ready for your arrival or your money back.Incredible customer support.
Need help? Weve got that covered too! With on demand, one-click access to the best customer service team whos dedicated to providing the highest level of customer care youll never find yourself in a bind.http://www.parkwhiz.com/?gclid=CLyc4OnA5dACFQSewAodF2QB5A
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1545040 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:20:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Italy and Paris in 7 days ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1543980

Rating: 0 Posted By: vipinvashisth
Views: 3833 Replies: 6

Hi,

Me and my wife are reaching Rome on 12th morning at 8am from Athens and is planning to visit Rome, florence and venice in 4-5 days and then head to paris & stay there for 2-3 days and on 19th at 12pm fly back to India. Now how much time we should spend in each city and what would be the mode of transportation to travel there. I would like to take euro rail or highspeed train while moving from italy to paris at night so that we can save our travel time.

Which city we should visit first and from where we should take our train to Paris. I am Ok to spend two days in Paris.

Please suggest.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1543980 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:19:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Travelling tips]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1542659

Rating: 0 Posted By: pauleranger
Views: 3555 Replies: 11

Hi,
I'm staying in Toronto, Canada. I'm planning to travel to US in the next year. I would like to get few tips and country rules and regulations if any. Need your help.
Thank you.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1542659 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:17:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Travelocity cyber Monday bait and switch]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1542561

Rating: -3 Posted By: maddenpirate
Views: 3669 Replies: 1

Just a shout out to let anyone who is considering checking out their do called hotel deals that there do not appear to be ANY coupons available at all. I checked every hour today within 3 seconds of the alleged coupon activation times and in every case they claimed to be sold out. Looks like fraud to get you on their site. Don't waste your time.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1542561 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:51:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Ultimate Rewards vs. transfer for award travel]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1539889

Rating: 0 Posted By: stevehuff
Views: 4606 Replies: 6

When I price a trip via Ultimate Rewards, the cost is 97,460 points. However, I can transfer 30,000 points from Ultimate Rewards to United to take the same trip as award travel. I realize that award travel requires seats to be available and I may lose out on some perks being non-revenue. Is there anything else I'm missing? The price different makes me think I'm missing something.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1539889 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:43:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Unbelievably good rates in Las Vegas this winter (if you qualify)]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1538459

Rating: -1 Posted By: Roginator
Views: 5558 Replies: 8

I'm not a big gambler by any means. I usually pick up slot cards at my favorite casinos in Las Vegas for my annual trip there. Occasionally I get great offers in the mail. I was contemplating a trip this winter and checked out the Caesars Palace hotel group website. They use the Total Rewards slot card. I have ZERO points on my card, so I wasn't expecting much.

I entered my card number and <BOING!> my eyes shot open. $0/night? At almost all of their properties? I realized in December Las Vegas is very slow. So I checked January. STILL full of dates for $0/night. To be fair, the resort fee and taxes are $36/night, but that's pretty cheap overall.

So if you have a Total Rewards account, it would behoove you to check this out.

I prefer Planet Hollywood, but Caesars Palace is available too. Paris, Bally's, etc. The new Cromwell had a small extra charge.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1538459 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:08:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Delta Enters SkyMiles Partnership with Airbnb]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1537186

Rating: 2 Posted By: manuvns
Views: 4096 Replies: 4

SkyMiles Member benefits offered exclusively at delta.com/airbnb include:

1 mile per dollar* spent on qualifying stays
Up to 1,000 bonus miles and a $25Airbnbcoupon code toward a qualifying first stay for newAirbnbguests
Up to 25,000 bonus miles for newAirbnbhosts

Morehere

I wonder what Delta's hotel partners think about this? Looking at larger trends and habits of future customers, this sounds like a smart move even if poor value for customers.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1537186 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:31:17 -0500
<![CDATA[Best last-minute travel deals?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1536607

Rating: 0 Posted By: ewalrinski
Views: 4315 Replies: 7

Looking to go away this weekend but don't wanna get ripped off. Any cheap vacation packages for last-minute weekend trps?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1536607 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:28:27 -0500
<![CDATA[Request Vietnam Travel]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1536045

Rating: -2 Posted By: chriswow
Views: 4451 Replies: 3

I am planing to travel to Northen Vietnam (Hanoi and Ha Long Bay) for 4 days in December with my family (3 adults and 2 childrens age of 11 and 13)
We will be arriving in Hanoi on Monday afternoon and look around Hanoi until Tuesday and plan to visit Ha Long Bay on Wed and Thursday and leave Friday early monring (1:45 am flight).

What is the best way to get from Hanoi Airport to a hotel in downtown?
Where should I go in Hanoi?
Do you have any recommendation of reliable travel agents to book a travel package?
Should I book a package before the trip or should I book when I get in Hanoi?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1536045 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:13:34 -0500
<![CDATA[Has anyone heard of Trade Show Travel Co?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1524618

Rating: -1 Posted By: maikef
Views: 8090 Replies: 10

I attended a Comicon event a registered for a vacation. I was contacted and told I was picked for a discounted vacation. Honestly it really sounds to good to be true. They said I have 4 destinations for $498. The rep said the companies name is Trade Show Travel Co located in West Palm Beach fl. Has anyone heard or dealt with them?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1524618 Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:03:26 -0500
<![CDATA[Has anyone used www.bookvip.com?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1307689

Rating: 1 Posted By: etschool
Views: 150469 Replies: 161

Has anyone used www.bookvip.com to book a trip?

It looks timeshare items, but the website does not say.

I can find any reviews from tripadvisor or google.

Any information would be appreciated if you share your experience.

Happy fawalleting.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1307689 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:14:54 -0500
<![CDATA[CAR RENTAL FAQ- READ THIS FIRST BEFORE POSTING]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1010946

Rating: 25 Posted By: riaesq
Views: 108860 Replies: 40

UPDATED 11/10/10
My FAQ for the Car Rental Thread, trying to cover more angles than the other one. This is the first draft, still subject to revisions as I think of them. In an effort to keep from having to repost the same info repeatedly, I suggest we point to this for all new requests that fail to show any homework. Hopefully, it'll become a sticky. In the works- a short list of safe, reliable codes.

NOTE: this is NOT the correct thread to ask for deals on cars. Those should still go on the Matrix thread (https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/790643/).

1) How to ask for help. When posting a request, be sure to give all the pertinent info: type of car you would prefer (and what you might settle for); dates and p/u times (along with how flexible you may be on this, and remember there isn't much of a grace period nowadays and that extra hour may cost a LOT) and WHERE you will be picking up and dropping off. Also, you MUST post a bare minimum of 3 codes and companies from the Matrix thread you have already tried (preferably something you can qualify for) and what the results were for each, including fees and taxes. Glance at the first page of the thread and thoroughly review the most recent 5-6 pages to see what's working well lately and what topics are under discussion This way, we don't re-create your work; your post may help someone else; and perhaps you will have learned something valuable doing your homework. Remember that this is all volunteer and it's just as much work for the old-timers to plug in the numbers as it is for the newbies. You must make an investment of time if you want to save money.-- pretty much like with everything else.

2) Flexibility. The more you have with your dates, times, and type of car you will accept, the better your deal power. Need a car from Tues to Thurs? Insisting on an SUV for that mountainous Florida excursion? Must have a convertible? You limit your options for a cheap rental. Short-term midweek rentals make you a business-class renter, the RAC's meat and potatoes. There is little incentive to offer you a deal. It will cost them more to turn the car over than they will make renting to you.

Unless you have saved up some reward points or days, your best bet for these cases may very well be Priceline or Hotwire. Refer to bidding educations sites like betterbidding, biddingfortravel, and tripducky to see what kinds of bids are being accepted for your approximate dates. Remember that if you use an opaque, there is a good chance you will lose the perks of your loyalty program (ie, Emerald Aisle, miles, free drivers, upgrades,etc) so that is one of the opportunity costs of the savings; and, of course, you don't get your money back if your plans don't work out, so don't lock yourself in too early.

Timing is important, so if you can be flexible here, that can work to your advantage. Usually weekly deals are available for a rental of 4 days + 1 or 2 hours. It may be worth it to play with your p/u and drop times to snag a weekly deal and use a weekly coupon on top of that. HOWEVER-- don't try to beat the system by dropping off early on a weekly deal. You could wind up paying the walk-up rate at $$$$$.


3) THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "THE ONE BEST CODE". If there were, the Matrix thread would be one page long. A corollary to this is that there is no "best price" or even "average price" for any particular car or date or area. The "best price" can only be judged in relationship to what everyone else is charging at that moment, in that place, for that type of car. Prices in the RAC biz fluctuate literally minute to minute depending on Supply and Demand; it's all constantly re-computed, so don't even try to understand it. Which leads to the motto -- WHEN YOU SEE A GOOD DEAL, BOOK IT IMMEDIATELY. Why would you hesitate as long as no prepayment is necessary? Blink your eye and it could be gone- we see that happen over and over again on the matrix thread. Continue to hunt for a better deal, if you have the time and energy; and when you find one, book it FIRST and then cancel the old one. Cancelling is a courtesy and a CYA that should be extended so that others may still get deals on cars and so that the industry will allow us to continue to book without prepaying- a luxury in the travel biz that applies to no other venues.

4) If you are going to use a code you that probably wasn't intended for your use ---say, State of FL Employee, or Red Cross, or Military personnel-- I suggest you don't, at least, not til you've exhausted other possibilities. Try other, safer codes FIRST which may very well produce similar or even better deals than the "iffy" ones. Why sweat it at the desk, wondering if you will have to present ID. This goes double if there is insurance included in the code . Many of the codes that include insurance are self-insured thru whatever company made the contract- do you think they won't check to see if you are an employee before paying out on a claim? There are plenty of codes listed that anyone can use. Join whatever's free to be able to use their codes-- you may even get a joining bonus.

ETA 7/7/10-- to prove my point:

Blackhawkfan said:
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Topspin14m said:
I have regular Emerald status. They never check anything at National. My buddy gets the carpenter's union discount all the time. He barely knows how to hold a hammer. If you can get the Exec. status card then I am sure that you are good to go.
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That's what I thought until my last rental!

I picked up my car at Emerald and drove up to the exit booth with my DL, Emerald Card, and the car's hang tag.

They wanted proof of my qualification for the rate code in my profile!

She ask me to produce an employee ID, but she accepted a business card showing my employment with the company on my profile.

I complained about the hassle and asked what was going on.

I was told that there has been a great deal of abuse of rates being posted online and they are now spot checking for rate qualifications.

In all the years of renting from National, nothing like this has happened to me.

Apparently the purchase of National by Enterprise is resulting in new policies.

I know that in the past National has cancelled out codes that were being abused, but I was never asked to provide proof of qualification at the exit booth.

AND YET ANOTHER ONE:
"i used one of the codes and picked up the car without any issue, but when i returned it they asked for some proof which i didn't have. so they are now charging me for more than triple of the original rate. i'm still disputing this with my credit card company but am doubtful if i can win."

This was with Avis State of FL code, and if you follow the Matrix thread, you will learn that the poster was not successful with the credit card company. The poster was probably flagged sometime during his/her trip in a crackdown on fraudulent code use and was shocked at dropoff to learn tbere was another $250 being charged.
Most of the contracts mention something about being "subject to audit".
__________________________________________________________________________________________
AND YET ANOTHER ONE:

naveenee221 said:
Hello guys i need a Help, i used TX720 coupon for car rental,and accident occurred and the enterprise people sent me a letter saying that talk to the respective insurance company if they pay it is fine ,if not i need to pay,can you guys please help me regarding this,i am in big trouble.

(This code is for employees of University of Texas)

FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED.



5) Insurance is a whole separate topic. Check your coverage thru your own insurance company and your credit cards, and consider investigating AMEX's policy, which is much cheaper than buying thru the RAC. See the other stickied thread for more discussion.

6) Consider whether you will be needing an additional driver. You may have to pay a daily fee of up to $10 or more for the privilege OR you may be able to get that for free. Policy will vary by company, state, and code. CA and NV don't charge for spouses driving. Budget doesn't charge for spouses; National won't if you are an Emerald Club member; and Hertz won't if you are both AAA holders. Alamo's WalMart code will include almost anyone for free. These are just some of the variations.

7) More reasons to join the loyalty clubs- advance emails of deals and coupons; better likelihood of an upgrade; opportunity to earn free days (this can be valuable on pricy one-ways!); quicker escape with your car.

8) If you have a larger group to transport and multiple drivers, consider renting two smaller cars. ( this goes back to #1, flexibility). When minivans and SUV's are at a premium, it can save you more than half the price and give you more freedom besides.

9) One-way rentals can cost BIG $$$$. Join promotions for free days (like National's 1-2-Free) and save them up. Consider seasonal relocational deals, especially into Florida in late fall and out of FL in mid-spring. "Drive out specials" can be had dirt cheap post- spring break into late spring/early summer. Also, an understanding of how different companies price them can be handy. Some companies will charge a drop off fee of as much as $600 or more. Others, especially National, will build the fee into the daily charge. When that is the case and your travel plans permit, consider multiple reservations: one for the days you will be driving locally, and one for the days you will be traveling to the new location.

A car is not always the most economical means of transportation for one-ways. Consider other options.

10) International and long term rentals-- we don't seem to get a lot of input with these special circumstances here so far. Both of these could probably use their own FAQ's.

Common Sense Summary

Check the RAC sites for specials- there's usually a tab.
Put your codes and your coupons in the correct boxes on the page.
Check back often, both on the Matrix thread and on the RAC sites
More flies with honey- be nice here, say thanks when someone helps you, be polite to the rental agent. It goes a LONG way towards an upgrade or whatever else you'd like.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1010946 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:05:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Official Travel to India- version 2.0a]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/939804

Rating: 36 Posted By: sensia
Views: 412279 Replies: 3313

As the fellow FW travelers noticed, the original travel to India thread reached an enormous length since I started the thread in 2006. the thread would have never reached this much popularity without the gracious help from "PatelforIndia". Now it is time to make a cleaner and leaner thread, so that most people will find it easy to gather information. I hope posters would maintain the sanity of this thread by refraining from asking "price quotes", as no one can possibly give you a travel quote in an open form, due the unpredictable nature of airline pricing. So PLEASE DO NOT ASK PRICE QUOTES for your trip, if you need help with that, send email to a travel agent or simply call. Remember, our motto is to have a thread which will provide useful information on travel deals to India.
PatelforIndia wrote a very helpful post here which I wish everyone should read.
I have borrowed much of the OP from the original post; below is a list of travel agents who were quoted by several fellow members as decent set of travel agents who are specialized in our subcontinental destinations. A hefty list of agents/phone numbers are listed in the previous thread, so kindly check back the first post of the old thread as well- but be warned that some of those numbers and email IDs may no longer work.

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Mudra Travels
2994 AUTUMN APPLAUSE DR
COLUMBUS, OH 43035
Email: MudraTravels@yahoo.com
FatWallet PM: PatelFromIndia
Phone 614-818-2783

(excellent service, and CHEAP. In most cases payment can be made by credit card)

Mitra Travels
12375 Bissonnet St # 41, Houston, TX
(281) 530-3000
(excellent fare but service is very scary. You have to cross your finger for a long time after paying for tickets, send my paper ticket by regular firstclass mail; ticket fare can be paid by credit card without any additional fees in most cases)

Trade Wings Travel
2611 S 90th St, Omaha, NE
(402) 399-2004
(Usually gives very good rates from midwest, thru Northwest/KLM)

Vati Travels Website
206 W College, STE #4,
Carbondale, IL 62901
vatitvl@frontier.com
Telephone: 618-549-9214
fax: 618-549-9215

Stanmore Travels
11616 Queen Nicole Terr,
Germantown, MD 20876
Phone: 240-422-2353
http://www.stanmoretravels.com
EmailcWorldTravel@gmail.com
FatwalletID : ramkyk

Shalom Travel and Tours Inc.
info@shalomtrip.com
714-484-TRIP



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List of agents I have not dealt with:-

Relaxtrip Travel
website
46708 Flicker Ter
Sterling, VA 20164
Ph:703 444 2526
Contact person: Manju


Easy Travel Inc.
7191 Camelot Drive
Canton, MI 48187
Toll Free:1866-51-INDIA
Fax: 1866-908-6663
punjabi2002@msn.com
(FW username garysingh)

Alanita Travels Website
87 Common Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617.254.8045
Fax: 617.923.4821

One of the highly recommended agents. You can contact them by email but a quick phone call is the best way to communicate.

Highfly travels Website
1897 Woodbridge Ave., Suite 10
Edison, NJ 08817
Tel: 732 985 5855

A-ONE TOURS & TRAVELS (unprofessional, at least in my experience)
2341 W. Devon Ave,
Chicago, IL 60659
Ph 773-274-6969
Fax 773-274-2898

http://skymastertravels.com
One Irving Plaza
415 E Airport Freeway
Suite# 380, Irving TX 75062
(972) 256-2200
(972) 252-4454


Another big travel agency specialized in India/Pakistan tours. According to many posters here, they are as good as Alanita, but once again I don't have personal experience.


Fly4less Website
Globetravels Website
Makemytrip Website
Kayak.Com

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Black listed agents
1. Azure Travel Bureau Inc., contact name, Mr. Ravi Kohli .
47 West, 34th. Street, Suite # 409,
New York, NY 10001 Ph : (212) 239 1999
Number of complaint#1 from user dluxarun

EZ world Travel as reported by user sasa12
Schaumburg
IL-60173

Alanita Travels,
as reported by dixitsantosh.
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Best time to travel
Here is what I found from Alanita's website about seasonal fares:-

Jan 17 2005 to May 08 2006 (Low Fare)| May 09 2006 to May 31 2006 (Medium Fare)|
Jun 1 2006 to Jul 12 2006(High Fare) | Jul 13 2006 to Dec 10 2006 (Medium Fare) |
Dec 11 2006 to Dec 27 2006 (High Fare) | Dec 28 2006 to May 08 2007(Low Fare)
The fare database above is approximately followed by other airlines too.

Another detailed pricing trend from fly4less:-

USA to India Travel pattern What's happening Suggest booking
------------ -------------- ---------------- ---------------
01Jan - 15Jan =========== Overspill from winter holidays by mid Nov
16Jan - 31Jan ======== Slowing down by mid Dec
01Feb - 15Apr ====== Slow Jan onwards
16Apr - 10May ========= Pre summer travel picks up Feb onwards
11May - 31May ========== Start of Summer Holiday rush Feb onwards
01Jun - 10Jun ============ Summer rush picks up before Mar end
11Jun - 15Jul ============ Peak summer travel before Mar end
16Jul - 31Jul ========== Continuing Apr onwards
01Aug - 15Aug ======= Slowing down May onwards
16Aug - 31Aug ===== Slow Jun onwards
01Sep - 15Sep === Low fare rush May onwards
16Sep - 10Oct ===== Slow Jun onwards
11Oct - 15Nov ========== Diwali travel Jul onwards
16Nov - 30Nov ============ Thanksgiving Holidays travel Jul onwards
01Dec - 10Dec ============== Low fare rush before mid Jun
11Dec - 15Dec ============== Winter Holidays rush begins before mid Jun
16Dec - 24Dec ========= Peak winter travel before mid Jun
25Dec - 31Dec ===== Low fare rush before Jun end

India to USA Travel pattern What's happening Suggest booking
------------ -------------- ---------------- ---------------
20Aug - 08Sep ============= Peak summer return travel by mid Mar
20Dec - 10Jan ============= Peak winter return travel before mid Jun


Also, please post your itinerary and paid $$$$ for the plane fare so we can have a good idea of the current fares/promotions. Also, as we reorganize/rewrite this thread, please send me your input to make it a better thread. More changes will come soon once I am off my vacation.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/939804 Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:52:32 -0500
<![CDATA[FAQ: How to find the best hotel deals]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/874645

Rating: 26 Posted By: lkas
Views: 126964 Replies: 42

Since the original hotel deals FAQ has disappeared, heres one I put together for FW to use before posting any requests in Travel Deals.

This is to supplement the FatWallet Travel Deals FAQs. Please also refer to the FAQs/Guidelines.

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Before posting a new topic requesting help on the board, please make sure that you conduct a SEARCH to make sure that it has not been covered previously.

If you are seeking assistance in planning a trip, please include ALL of the following information:
a. Make sure you begin your Title with REQUEST - For example, REQUEST Need cheap air/hotel package to Vegas from LAX in Oct
b. Dates of travel
c. Departure city (and airports)/destination
d. # of people (adults/children) (if children, you may wish to include ages)
e. # of nights
f. Approximate budget for your trip
g. Activities that interest you
h. WHAT YOU HAVE FOUND SO FAR IN YOUR RESEARCH. Please include complete prices (incl all taxes and fees) and where you have located the deal.

Please DO NOT post a new topic until you have done the items listed above. Finally, once you have posted your information, and received feedback from the community for your trip, please try to post a message indicating the details of what you finally ended up purchasing so that others may benefit.

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FW Info Threads

Best Hotel Rate Guarantees

Las Vegas Promos List

Las Vegas Front Desk Tipping

Travel Guides to Popular Destinations

Hotel Search Tools

Kayak.com

Orbitz
Expedia
Travelocity

HRS (good for European hotels)

Hotel Deals & Other Search Tools

Travelzoo.com (lists hotel specials and packages & offers a weekly travel deals email)

Lastminute.com (offers last second deals on hotel + airfare and hotel + car packages)

hotelpricebot.com (hotel price comparison website)

hotelscomparison.com (hotel price comparison website)

Gtahotels.com

Octopustravel.com

Quikbook.com

Skoosh.com

BookIt

SkyAuction.com (offers hotel and vacation package auctions be sure to factor in the taxes and service charges!)

Venere.com

Vrbo.com Vacation Rentals By Owner

Travelworm.com (Las Vegas deals)

Vegas.com (Las Vegas deals)

Opaque Booking Websites

Betterbidding.com (PL & HW assistance)
Biddingfortravel.com (PL only)

When using Pricelines name your own price for a hotel, research on betterbidding or biddingfortravel BEFORE bidding on Priceline!

Pricelines name your own price and Hotwires limited rate are non-refundable reservations. Priceline might grant you a one-time exception should you make an error. If they do, they will charge a $25 penalty and will require you to correct your error by bidding again.

Priceline guarantees bedding for 2 people, not the type of bedding (king/two queens).
Note that some hotels may only fit 2 people in a room according to fire code regulations.

Hotwire allows you to select more than 2 people when making a reservation.

Also note that Priceline & Hotwires total price does NOT include any resort fees which must be paid directly to the hotel.

Hotel Reviews & Travel Information

Tripadvisor.com (hotel reviews & traveler photos)

Tripkick.com (online database of hotel rooms)

Smartertravel.com

Budgettravel.com

0rbitz Blog

Hotelchatter.com

Hotel Rewards Program Info

pointmaven.com (lists hotel point promotions)
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/874645 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 15:26:58 -0500
<![CDATA[Updated Rental Car Discount/Coupon thread with sample price matrix]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/790643

Rating: 127 Posted By: matskul
Views: 1455186 Replies: 6363

Update: August 20, 2012

A short note before we begin

We are all volunteers, helping others out with absolutely no recompense. Please be polite.
PLEASE PLEASE read the following information and ESPECIALLY the FAQ. PLEASE.
The whole point of this forum is for SHARING of info; therefore, what you post MAY help someone else.





How to ask for help!!!!

1. Location: From-to, Airport or city. Renting a car in the city will be MUCH cheaper than getting it at the airport. If youre arriving at the airport, consider using TAXI FARE FINDER to figure out the cost of a taxi to the rental agency in the city + cost of car rental there. This will usually be cheaper than renting it at the airport.

NOTE OF CAUTION: City offices often close sooner than the airport ones. If you're going to rent in the city,Make SURE that they're going to be open!

2. Type of Car: Mention if youd work with any size, or if you HAVE to have a certain type. You can find a good table of various car sizes HERE, and the types of cars they usually include, along with how many people and bags you could fit in it.

3. Date & Time: When doing your research, play around with the timings. For Example : If you rented the car at 11am on Monday and are returning it on Wednesday, see if returning the car a few hours earlier will reduce the price.
Remember that if youre late in returning the vehicle, there is a VERY SMALL grace period allowed. Some dont give you a grace period at all. Also keep in mind, that the rental agency could charge you extra if you decide to return the car to a different place.

IMPORTANT NOTE- Timing is important, so if you can be flexible here, that can work to your advantage. Usually weekly deals are available for a rental of 4 days + 1 or 2 hours. It may be worth it to play with your p/u and drop times to snag a weekly deal and use a weekly coupon on top of that. HOWEVER-- don't try to beat the system by dropping off early on a weekly deal. You could wind up paying the walk-up rate at $$$$$.

that is , 4 days plus change may be cheaper than 4....by using a coupon with a weekly deal

4. 3 Attempts MINIMUM: you MUST post rates from a bare minimum of 3 different companies and AT LEAST 3 different combinations of codes and coupons. Post the prices you've returned.
Don't forget to include tax. Go to the LAST PAGE to see the complete price with discounts, taxes and coupons applied

Dont just use 3 random codes and ask us to help you. Try using as many codes as you can (that you are ELIGIBLE for). And then post the 3 BEST rates that you found.
Also review the last 4-5 pages for codes that others have used. This way, we don't re-create your work; your post may help someone else; and perhaps you will have learned something valuable doing your homework.

Remember that this is all volunteer and it's just as much work for the old-timers to plug in the numbers as it is for the newbies. You must make an investment of time if you want to save money.-- pretty much like with everything else.


A good example of how to post can be found HERE.



FAQ
1. No one here has a magic way of finding the best rate. Please do some research yourself. And post with AS MUCH information as you can.

2. Always try LEGIT codes FIRST. If you dont belong to a certain government organization or university or corporation, DONT use that code. Expect to be asked for proof of membership for the code youve used, and if you cant supply it, you will end up having to get a car at the walk-in rates, which would be WAY WAY more expensive.
Yes, you could be thinking that youve never been asked for proof before but there have been many instances where people have been asked for ID and proof.
FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED.

3. BEWARE of using codes that you dont qualify for, that include insurance. If youre in an accident, the corporation that supplied the code will check to see if youre eligible and if youre not, you will have to pay up!

4. Flexibility. The more you have with your dates, times, and type of car you will accept, the better your deal power.
Need a car from Tues to Thurs?
Insisting on an SUV for that mountainous Florida excursion?
Must have a convertible?
You limit your options for a cheap rental. Short-term midweek rentals make you a business-class renter, the RAC's meat and potatoes. There is little incentive to offer you a deal. It will cost them more to turn the car over than they will make renting to you.
Unless you have saved up some reward points or days, your best bet for these cases may very well be Priceline or Hotwire. Refer to bidding educations sites like betterbidding, biddingfortravel, and tripducky to see what kinds of bids are being accepted for your approximate dates

5. Additional drivers: Most corporate accounts allow free additional drivers IF it is a business rental. If the additional driver does get into an accident there most probably will be an investigation before your insurance is willing to pay out. They will probably determine that the driver was unauthorized, and void your insurance, so be careful. It is usually safer to pay the fee to have the additional driver listed in the contract.

6. Prices VARY like crazy. Let me repeat that PRICES VARY LIKE CRAZY. If you find a rate that looks somewhat better than what youve seen so far, reserve it. Reserving is free and you can always cancel if you find a better rate later. Dont hold out in search of a better rate. Book that rate first and then keep looking.
Again- IF YOU FIND A GOOD RATE, BOOK IT IMMEDIATELY.

7. Insurance is a whole separate topic. Check your coverage thru your own insurance company and your credit cards, and consider investigating AMEX's policy, which is much cheaper than buying thru the rental agency. Most insurance companies will provide you with Primary coverage. As long as you pay for your rental in FULL with a credit card, that credit card provider will provide you with secondary coverage. Please research LDW and CDW and whether youre insurance coverage provides you with these. Also note that some states such as NY have a clause where car insurance policies HAVE to include car rental insurance. So if youre NOT a resident of NY, you will be forced by the rental agency to buy insurance through them, or else they wont rent you the car.

8. Additional Driver: Consider whether you will be needing an additional driver. You may have to pay a daily fee of up to $10 or more for the privilege OR you may be able to get that for free. Policy will vary by company, state, and code. CA and NV don't charge for spouses driving. Budget doesn't charge for spouses; National won't if you are an Emerald Club member; and Hertz won't if you are both AAA holders. Alamo's WalMart code will include almost anyone for free. These are just some of the variations.

9. Loyalty Clubs: More reasons to join the loyalty clubs- advance emails of deals and coupons; better likelihood of an upgrade; opportunity to earn free days (this can be valuable on pricy one-ways!); quicker escape with your car.

10. Rent Smart! If you have a larger group to transport and multiple drivers, consider renting two smaller cars. When minivans and SUV's are at a premium, it can save you more than half the price and give you more freedom besides.

11. One-way rentals can cost BIG $$$$. Join promotions for free days (like National's 1-2-Free) and save them up. Consider seasonal relocational deals, especially into Florida in late fall and out of FL in mid-spring. "Drive out specials" can be had dirt cheap post- spring break into late spring/early summer.
A car is not always the most economical means of transportation for one-ways. Consider other options.

** Thank you riaesq and j129 for putting this together for the community! **
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/790643 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:48:54 -0600
<![CDATA[REQUEST - Cheapest 1 day car rental in Spain]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/777439

Rating: 0 Posted By: passingout101
Views: 14570 Replies: 4

ok, so I plan on going to Spain. And it is much cheaper for me to fly to Madrid and then drive to Merida. Ticket to Madrid is $450, ticket to closest airport to Merida is about $950, so that is enough of a difference that merits a car rental.

One one site, I did the "search for flight with rental" but it had to be a round trip flight. I simply did it to get an idea of how much a rental for one day would be and it had come out to be about $24 dollars a day.

But then I was on another site and cheapest I have been able to find for a 1 day rental is $86 dollars, which to be honest is pretty expensive compared to rentals here in the USA for one day.

So, is anyone aware of a 1 day rental spot that would be cheaper then $86? Not to mention, I do not even recall which site I found that on.

The distance is 358KM, but that doesnt take into account wether I get lost or not.

So, Madrid to Merida on the 28Th of Dec.
Edit by Moderator: Thank you for your participation. Please note that there is also discussion about this topic Here.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/777439 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 03:08:31 -0500