Road trip from Calgary To Spokane

Old Jan 29th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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Road trip from Calgary To Spokane

My husband and I would like to fly into Calgary, Canada from San Francisco, CA and rent a car to do a road trip from there through Banf, Jasper, Glacier National, Courdelein, Idaho and return the car at the Spokane, Washington airport where we will catch a flight home to SF. I am running into all kinds of trouble trying to find a car rental company that will let me take the car one way across the border unless I pay some exhorbitant fees. Any suggestions on how to handle this car rental problem?
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 04:27 PM
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M-m-m-m-m-most situations of one-way car rentals entail two divisions of what are truly the same company. When they're across an international boundary, sometimes that isn't the case.

Also, one runs into additional trouble given some regulations which restrict renting a car in another country and bringing it into one's own country. (this more troublesome on the southern US border than on the northern, but the rules are similar in many cases)

In your situation, Spokane and Calgary are just 400 miles apart, so IN the event you can find anybody who will even let you do it, you could do a one-way rental for a day, drive the whole thing, and then get another vehicle for the rest of the trip - that being a more standard and less expensive rental. (this only works if the high fees are added to the daily rental rate and not in the form of a one-way drop-off fee)

Given you're talking about an international flight, how do the costs compare to, say, flying into Missoula or Great Falls instead of Calgary?

Of the spots you mention Coeur D'Alene seems least enticing, and without it there would be no major need to go to Spokane. Maybe beginning and ending your trip in Montana, with either a same-city pick-up/return, OR a Great Falls-Missoula one-way, would fit what you need?

Missoula, MT to Jasper, AB is 560 miles while Spokane to Jasper is 502 miles. IF renting in your own country, you would likely find it much easier to be allowed to cross the border with a rental car.

Hope this stirs your thoughts toward a solution.
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Old Jan 30th, 2013, 07:46 PM
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How much time do you have? You might want to consider either flying in/out of Spokane or Calgary; otherwise, renting in one country and dropping off that car in another is a big challenge.

Let us know what your particular interests are and timeframe, and we could perhaps suggest a routing that might work well.
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