change from round trip to one way rental mid-trip?

Old Dec 13, 11, 8:22 am
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change from round trip to one way rental mid-trip?

Asking this for a coworker. She's doing a Phila (S Jersey actually) - Pittsburgh trip. Tentative plan is to drive out and back, but depending on circumstances, might like to leave the car in Pittsburgh, and ride back with someone else. Both offices would be non-airport ones, with a corporate rate.

I've priced out the rates on a round trip, and also a one way (slightly higher, with a 30c/mile surcharge). My question is, if she books the round trip, gets to PIT, and decides she wants to leave the car there, will they recalculate the rate based on it being the same one-way rate it would have been if originally booked that way? Or, will there be a different rate, possible a drop off penalty, if it's changed mid-trip?

I called Budget central reservations, I don't think the agent understood what I was asking. They suggested calling the local office. However, even if they okay it, can I get something in writing that, if the rental becomes a one-way one, this is what it will cost?


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Old Dec 27, 11, 10:14 pm
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Hopefully your coworker has not left already... But:

At a minimum, she would be responsible for the entire contract amount, even if she,returned the vehicle early. That all said, she could also be looking at a reprice of the entire contract at some astronomical (im speaking of 250+ per DAY) rate, should she choose to change her mind mid-trip.

My best advice would be to make a "dummy" booking for the dates, with the one-way itinerary, and see how it prices. Well, my further advice is for her to make up her darn mind before getting the car!
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