Mar 12, 12, 5:20 pm
Kind of at a loss on what is going on. I'm looking at a one way rental on Priceline from MCI to OMA at the end of April. If I book the car to pick up at 11:30pm and return it no earlier than 11pm the following night in Omaha, the price is $20 per day plus tax (total, $35). If I try and return it any sooner, the price balloons to $99. What am i missing here? What if I say i'm going to return it later in the day and return it earlier? Putting in the same thing on Avis' website results in over $150 charge...I would jump all over the $35 one way rental, but just wondering what I am missing. I don't want to assume i'm getting it for $35 and when I show up they decide to tack on the one way fee. Anybody seen this before or relay their past experiences with it? Thank you.
Mar 12, 12, 5:42 pm
Ah, the old 'one way rental fees change drastically depending on pickup/dropoff time'. I've played this game more than a couple of times - usually an IAD (Dulles) to BWI (Baltimore Washington) rental.
Depending on the time of day I picked up on Sunday, the rate would triple. I always booked for the cheaper price even if I was getting in later. The only time that became an issue was when they changed the rate on my rental prior to me picking it up. I went inside to the counter and they adjusted it back down to the lower rate.
I don't know if I ever played with return times.
My guess is that you're going inside/outside of weekend rental timeframes.
Just book it for the parameters that get you the lowest rate and print out the reservation. I wouldn't worry about an early return but I'd double check the receipt after dropoff to make sure it's the same as what you booked.