Car rental Boston Logan - geez SO expensive!

Old Jul 25th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Great lead! On www.novacarhire.com, my 11 day rental is coming in at $396.96 which is a small savings for me, but it does include insurance coverages. For others who didn't luck out on the rate that I managed, using novacarhire.com could result in 50%+ savings. I read through the terms and conditions and didn't find anything that indicates US citizens cannot book.
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 01:58 AM
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I am in the same boat but out of chicago area.. and have been toying for HOURS on my slow computer with ww.retailmenot.com codes and pick up locations to reduce the rental from over $560 to $326 for a 2 week rental.

Enterprise will drive 10 miles to pick you up in most cases. (This alone brought a price down over $200 by checking off off airport location)
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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lincasanova - Can you share which codes finally worked for you and from which location?
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 03:53 PM
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Actually, at Enterprise Sheffield Rd outside downtown Chicago.. code 76NFCU. If I can get an Entertainment book or Costco code I might get it lower or the same, but I don't have either of those. I have a backup reservation without this code for same dates in case they ask me for something I can't show.

P.S. This rental went up $20 from one day to the next.

Also, I checked each and every location near Chicago.. so I may have to go get the car.. or get a little closer to them as I will be staying 10.8 miles from their office.

Will look at my notes...if I can understand them. They look like something out of "A Beautiful Mind".
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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Car rental rates are way up.

I used Priceline for a midsize in Austin, TX for 8 days in early July--$332. I booked that two months ahead of the trip. The cheapest price available on Hotwire, Expedia, or Travelocity was $470 for my dates.

Already having the Priceline price booked, I was curious to see whether the price had changed a month ahead of the trip dates. The price had increased from $470 to over $550. Yikes.

I went to Austin for six days in July last year, and the Priceline rate was less than $150.
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 10:03 PM
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You're very welcome, lovetotravel2

Update: After spending way too much time searching for the best rate, I found the lowest rate through the Southwest Airline site several weeks prior to the trip and rebooked on the SW site, changing from Budget to Enterprise, the day before the trip. Just happened to hit a window in which the rate went way down for Enterprise, so I switched. Check out the SW site, and continue to check the rates until the day of your trip.
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 10:03 PM
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Addendum: This was for a weekend rental in San Diego.
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Old Jul 26th, 2009, 10:58 PM
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Could it be because of it's summertime?

And also some people are opting to vacation at home rather than overseas?
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Old Jul 27th, 2009, 03:29 PM
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I just booked a Boston airport Alamo rental car with novacarhire.com for almost 40% savings ($460 instead of $750).

HOWEVER, at the very bottom of their "Terms and Conditions" page, Nova says this rate won't work for a US citizen with a US drivers license. However, I happen to have a British passport, so I'm going to give it a try and see what happens.

They say, "NOTE: Citizens of the USA/Canada, who hold USA/Canadian drivers licences may NOT avail of the rates we offer through NOVA for car hire in the U.S.A. This is a stipulation of ALAMO in the U.S. and only applies for USA/Canadian citizens, that hold USA/Canadian drivers licences, wishing to pick up in the USA."

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Old Jul 27th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Always check the "last minute" deals at Alamo.com and nationalcar.com, most times you can add one of their onsite coupons to the rate as well.
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Old Aug 17th, 2009, 07:31 PM
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Well, the novacarhire.com approach didn't work for me after all. On pickup, they insisted on my having a British drivers license or a return airline ticket to Britain. Oh well, worth a try!

The woman behind the counter was nice enough to give me a "travel agent" rate, which was not that much more expensive (but it didn't include insurance). So, worth a lot less, I know -- but I wasn't interested in insurance in the first place because it's covered by my credit card.

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Old Aug 17th, 2009, 08:09 PM
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oh well...good to know...thanks for being the guinea pig =)
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 12:15 AM
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Just to give you an idea of how crazy Boston area rates are, I was looking for an 8-day rental for a standard-sized car (to use on a road trip) in the northern suburbs, for late July/early August. The best rate I found was from Enterprise in Reading for about $250 (with taxes, without insurance). Rates at other suburban Enterprise locations (including the one closest to me) were more like $330, and Logan was over $400, if I remember right.

Reading was close enough to where I live to work OK. I could leave my car at a friend's place and he would take me to get the rental. Note that the Enterprise "pick-up" zones were defined NOT by distance from the rental location but by town. My friend lives closer to the Reading office than some places in their designated towns, but it didn't matter - he was not in one of "their" towns, so no free pick-up from his place.

Anyhow, when I called the Reading Enterprise office to re-confirm things a day or two before the rental, the guy there asked if I wanted to transfer the reservation to the Enterprise in the town where I live. Of course I did! I asked about the difference in rates, and he said no problem - he would transfer the rate, too.

When I went to get the car from my local office (they picked me up at home), they wanted to charge me the higher rate at first, but they found the notation on the transferred rate in the computer, so they honored it. It gave them fits, though, trying to get their computer to charge the "odd" rate. They finally ended up just plugging in numbers in an effort to get a rate close to what I had reserved. It ended up $20 LESS! Plus, we got a bigger car, as they were out of the size I had reserved.

So you never know ...
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 05:29 AM
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Thank-you to all those fodorites for this great info. I will use this advice to start my car rental search for Boston to the Cape, 3 days, Sept 10 to Sept 13. I didn't realize it was so expensive in the Boston area. This will be most helpful.
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 06:07 AM
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While Boston is expensive for many things, I have also found car-rental inflation in unexpected places. Just reserved SUV for a weekend out of Raleigh-Durham. While the SUV I expected to cost more than a car, the prices for car rental were almost twice what I paid in April.
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Cranachin....Curious as to whether there is anything on your invoice from the rental company showing a corp id # or discount code...?
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 02:39 PM
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MrK,

Unfortunately, I am not sure. My mom wanted to pay for it, so she switched it to her card when we took it back, and she has the receipt (hundreds of miles from me).
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