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Old Feb 14, 12, 2:55 pm   #1
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Wink What Gives With FLL's Weekend Special?

So National loves to send me e-mails to come try its Emerald Aisle. (Apparently my 10 or so rentals last year weren't enough of a try!)

So looking at the sample rates they gave me:

Dallas - Fort Worth Midsize $12.00
Montgomery Midsize $19.00
Tallahassee Compact $18.00
Knoxville Economy $17.10
Fort Lauderdale Compact $57.00
Philadelphia Fullsize $17.00
Nashville Midsize $15.45
St. Louis Midsize $14.00

I was quite suprised on what they were claiming was a great weekend rate for Ft. Lauderdale. Every other sample was in the "tens", while FLL priced out at 57! Thinking some marketing intern made a little typo, I tried booking, and sure enough, thats the rate!

Jeez, Id hate to see the "regular" price!
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Old Feb 14, 12, 3:10 pm   #2
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1. President's day weekend means it's a busy rental time down there.

2. I suspect the non weekend special rate is significantly higher.
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Old Feb 15, 12, 7:59 am   #3
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I know what you mean - when I saw the "special" rates at FLL (the same applies at MIA) I almost flipped.

They advertize Specials To Go and Last Minute Specials and then offer cars over the wknd at regular corporate rates !!

So stupid. Just leave FLL & MIA out if the rates are not reduced.
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Old Feb 15, 12, 2:47 pm   #4
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Fort Lauderdale probably has 30k people getting on cruise ships over the weekend, so I suspect that they get a lot of rental car bookings covering at least part of the weekend.
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Old Feb 15, 12, 5:16 pm   #5
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Originally Posted by kwildnj View Post

Jeez, Id hate to see the "regular" price!
LOL, you should price Avis and hertz for the same weekend for a really good laugh.
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Old Feb 16, 12, 7:45 am   #6
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I have to go to MCO-FLL next week and when I originally saw the prices, I think I threw up in my mouth a little. Compact cars going for $100-$150 a day.

My first stop was Hertz and 4 day rental was going for over $700 for a full size between MCO-FLL.

I came across the KLM code and I got a rental $130 for the whole period so I am happy. Thanks FT!!
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