One-off SUV rental next April, a few questions...

 
Old Jul 17, 11, 6:12 pm
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One-off SUV rental next April, a few questions...

Hi.

My brother and I will be flying into IAH (from LHR) next April and staying for about 2.5 weeks. My family went out in March 2010 and hired (what I now find is an incredibly expensive) Chevrolet Tahoe from Alamo. I have done some searches online in preparation for our trip and it looks like I can book a "Standard SUV" from Budget for about 460 with Expedia.co.uk.

What is Budget's "standard SUV" range like? We'd probably be looking to get the car on a Thursday at around 3pm. I have read that it's sometimes good to arrive a bit later in the day for IAH. Is that true? Would 3pm be ok?

I have looked at the possibility of hiring something more exotic like a Camaro but the prices for 2.5 weeks is just crazy (1200+). I have also read on this 'site that the IAH Avis/Budget manager(s) seem a bit stingy on upgrades for frequent renters, let alone someone who is just renting this one time. What do you think?

Thanks for your help,
Jon
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Old Jul 28, 11, 6:16 pm
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Old Sep 9, 11, 5:26 pm
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Car rental prices are very dynamic, and it is not surprising that this far out the prices you are quoted are very high.

The best thing to do is to reserve the best price from a large chain that is available now, and keep checking until you are ready to leave home for better prices. Your best prices are likely to be available 1-2 months before the rental. The nice thing about car rental is that no deposit is required, so you don't even suffer a loss if you forget to cancel a reservation, though it is obviously courteous to cancel whenever possible.

I recommend using the direct US websites to reserve, as they are often cheaper than Expedia, and I suspect anything with .co.uk will likely try to snag an even higher premium. As the time approaches, using Hotwire.com or Priceline.com may get you the absolute lowest price, though you won't know the company till you pay.

There are always a number of coupons/special deals available, too, so you may have to comb the internet to get the deals. I'll PM you my favorite website for my car rentals with links to special deals and discount.

Edit: Just checked, a Jeep Grand Cherokee from IAH in April is $362.06 AI/week at Alamo. Good luck!

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