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Pampered Chef: Rental Car Advice Needed!

  1. Karen

    Karen Member Gold Member

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    Good Morning Cheffers,

    A week from today I will be traveling to Phoenix and Tucson for a week (yippee, warm weather)!

    I've been driving myself crazy looking through all sorts of websites trying to find the best deal on a rental car. So I thought I would ask my cheffer friends what their experiences were with car rentals. It will just be my mom and I going, so we don't need a really big car, just something to fit maybe 4 people (visiting relatives) and a couple of suit cases.

    I'm just looking for opinions on the best deals and thought someone might know of a website that I haven't tried yet!

    Looking for any advice!

    Thanks bunches!
     
    Mar 10, 2009
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  2. scottcooks

    scottcooks Veteran Member Gold Member

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    book on a travel website and combine your flight with the car rental. If you have AAA or an entertainment book, you can do very well.
     
    Mar 10, 2009
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  3. PamperChefCarol

    PamperChefCarol Veteran Member

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    I just got back from Phoenix... it was 85 degrees, sunny and we even got in some pool time. I am old fashion and still use a travel agent, and I swear, I don't know how she does it but she gets the BEST deals. I even sometimes check the sites, but she always comes in with the best pricing. She got us a car from Hertz, something that looked like at PT Cruiser but was something called an HRT (or something like that). Plenty of room for 4 and your stuff.

    If you have time, check out Pizzeria Blanco. It was rated the best pizza by Food Network and it was awesome. Thin, crisp, the owner makes all the pies, the place only seats 40, it's only open from 5-10 and closed on Mondays, but it was worth the 1 1/2 wait.
     
  4. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    Do you have an entertainment card or know somebody who does? What about a membership to Sam's Club.

    I got an AMAZING deal on a rental car through my E-card through Enterprise a few years back. Rented a mid-size car and they upgraded me to full size. Can't say enough about the whole experience.
     
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  5. jkinak

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    I usually go through Dollar and look for the city special. I can usually get a mid-size for about $150 a week.
     
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  6. erinb

    erinb Member Gold Member

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    I always name my own price on pricline. I never pay more than $150 (total)for eight days. I just booked our car for our annual Florida getaway for $146
     
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  7. Brandi2007

    Brandi2007 Advanced Member

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    Check Enterprise. They are mainly off airport but will pick you up if need be. The fact that they are an off airport company typically allows their rates to be lower. I work for Alamo and National Car Rental. We are owned by Enterprise. Between those 3 companies, Enterprise beats the price every time.
     
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  8. PamperedbyKaren

    PamperedbyKaren Novice Member

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    I love Enterprise as a company, when I rent thru work I always choose them over Avis. They are nicer and I find you can rent with them, with little hassle.

    Careful with the travel websites, although I always use Priceline for hotels, they are not easy to "change" if you make an adjustment to your trip.
     
  9. Karen

    Karen Member Gold Member

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    Hi Erin,

    When you name your own price, how long does it take before you know if your price "won". I want to make sure I have this locked in and confirmed before we leave next week.

    Thanks,
    Karen
     
    Mar 10, 2009
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  10. SPVA

    SPVA Novice Member

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    If by chance you have AAA you should see about going through them. Last two times we used them it was a much better rate than going through the car rental company directly and they usually also have additional bonuses to offer. For instance, last trip they also included a free tank of gas and at the time gas was $3.60 per gallon which was a nice savings.
     
    Mar 10, 2009
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  11. erinb

    erinb Member Gold Member

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    They give a decision within minutes of submitting your offer.
     
    Mar 10, 2009
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