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#592 of 1365 Re: Saturday [steve_]
Feb 12, 2013 (4:19 pm)
It seems to take a few months for the branches to get highline cars, the one at SEA just opened a few weeks ago. You're a cheapskate anyway, I don't see you renting an SLK
SEA has a new rental car facility - technically everything is offsite now, with a shuttle from the main terminal.
#593 of 1365 Re: Saturday [fintail]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 12, 2013 (4:24 pm)
Yeah, we figured finding something even at the last minute would work out since they've lumped all the rental shops together. The other off-site place was practically in Tacoma, lol. One year we just went downtown to rent and that worked well, since we could park in the rental lot for free, which was just a couple of blocks from the motel. My wife was on a paid junket that trip.
We're funny about deciding what we'll spend money on. I'm sure we'll spend way more on dinner that night that we'll pay for the motel room. But a luxo ride would be kind of fun for one day.
#594 of 1365 Re: Saturday [steve_]
Feb 12, 2013 (6:11 pm)
It all depends on where you'd be staying. If you are downtown a lot, it might be better to not get the car until you are done in the city. Driving and parking in downtown Seattle is about the 12th level of hell.
If on a long/leisure trip, I priceline/hotwire hotels, and rent a nicer car in exchange. For shorter, I just go cheap (on a 4 day trip in 2011, I got an Impala with 4 miles on it from Thrifty for $17/day).
#595 of 1365 Re: Saturday [fintail]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 12, 2013 (8:15 pm)
Oh, we have an early flight out the next day so we're crashing at one of the airport hotels. We essentially have a long layover in Seattle (~20 hours) which worked out great since we only get one stopover on our free miles ticket and we're not flying back through there.
So we'll see the brother-in-law and hit Rays or somewhere and be on our way at 8 am. Assuming the in-laws here don't get sick lol (we buy a lot of travel insurance these days).
Feb 12, 2013 (8:35 pm)
Now that's one beautiful ride! I never thought about that but it's the perfect idea really. Rent one for a few days just to see if it's something I could really live with and if not, I at least had some fun. I also like the idea of staying in a less expensive hotel and splurging on the rental because honestly, how long is one really in the room? More time is spent outside exploring the destination and getting to that destination.
Thanks for the idea...I never even thought about it!
#597 of 1365 Re: . [sandman_6472]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 13, 2013 (5:53 am)
We often camp in the woods for free or find a primitive forest service site for $10. Then we go to town and blow $100 for dinner.
#598 of 1365 Re: . [sandman_6472]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:20 am)
I think that one cost me $43/day out of FLL, from Sixt - that included all taxes and fees. Bargain. I think it can be more or less repeated now, at the right time, too. As you are in the area, you can shop around for the cheapest dates, and try that C-class. They should have active satellite radio, too - but I am pretty sure the Sixt C fleet lacks nav.
For me, a car is a big part of the trip - only car people will relate to that. If I wanted a fancy resort experience, I probably wouldn't be renting a car at all.
#599 of 1365 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 13, 2013 (9:06 am)
I will be renting a car for the first time in a few years next month. Flying to California to visit family.
Economy class (Kia Rio or similar) from Burbank airport - $170 with taxes and fees for 5 days.
I know, it's not a C-class or a Volvo or some other premium make, but I just need A to B transportation.
Feb 13, 2013 (5:51 pm)
"Luxury-car rentals are rapidly growing, and for some, you don't have to spend all that much more than you would for a full-size sedan. The nation's largest car-rental firm, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, which usually focuses its business on the lower end of the market, has expanded its "Exotic Car Collection" to 13 locations in six states, recently adding Houston and Naples, Fla. Hertz Corp., the second-largest, says rentals from its luxury-vehicle collection grew 15% between 2011 and 2012.
And last month, a startup company called Silvercar began renting nothing but silver Audi A4s with customized technology at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Current prices start at only $55 a day."
And this one deal must be hidden, sold out or over:
"Sixt Rent a Car, a European agency now rolling out operations in the U.S., is currently listing a deal in its new Seattle-Tacoma International Airport location on a Mercedes C-Class sedan for $50 a day."
The Rise of the Rent-a-Porsche (WSJ)
#601 of 1365 Re: upgrades [steve_]
Feb 13, 2013 (6:40 pm)
Fun thing, renting highline cars has been normal in Europe for eons.
I'd also like details on the SEA Sixt having highlines - not on the site. I sent a message to a corporate spokesperson who said he would look into it, hasn't replied. But the company has had highlines elsewhere in the US for some time, at rates much less than the pricey Hertz Prestige Collection. I rented an A6 from Hertz in Vegas back in 07 - cost around $80/day, which I thought was a good deal.
$130/day for a Malibu? I've got a bridge to sell that person.