Dollar @ PHX question

Old Feb 22, 11, 1:04 pm
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2011
Programs: Delta
Posts: 2
Dollar @ PHX question

I am going to be in Phoenix in two weeks for a little anniversary getaway. Looking for rental cars I found a Premium for $38/day on hotwire. This is/was not a Hotwire Hot Rate but a fully cancel-able rate with Dollar. I figured it was perfect for a backup res while I keep low-balling convertibles on Priceline. On Hotwire it describes a Premium as a Nissan Maxima/Buick Lucerne or similar. On Dollar a Premium is described a a Ford Crown Victoria. So my question is, should I never get my ragtop on Priceline and thus use this res, what are the odds that I will actually have to drive a Crown Vic?


smitj02 is offline  
Old Feb 24, 11, 5:16 am
Moderator, Alaska Airlines & FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: SGF
Programs: AS, AA, UA, AGR (ex-75K, GLD, 1K, and S+), Choice Diamond, HZ PC, Costco Exec, NPS Passport
Posts: 22,887
I would trust Dollar's site over Hotwire's description. Hotwire uses a generic car that fits the car class but is not specific to any single agency. Dollar's site is more representative about what you'll actually find there, although it's still not a guarantee.

Dollar is becoming more Ford-focused, but even still, I've never seen a Crown Vic at a Dollar location. I've heard that base-model Chrysler 300s are used as Premiums (the higher-tier ones are used as luxuries).
jackal is online now  
Old Mar 8, 11, 7:41 am
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2011
Programs: Delta
Posts: 2
Thanks for the reply jackal. It gave me hope that I wouldn't get a Crown Vic when all my low balling came to naught. For posterity, the premium row at Dollar PHX on 3/4 contained about four Crown Vics and four Grand Marquis. I took a Grand Marquis, because A) it wasn't actually a Crown Vic and B) this could be the very last time I drive a Mercury anything. Didn't wind up driving much at all so it wasn't really a big deal.
smitj02 is offline  
Old Aug 11, 11, 2:04 pm
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Durham, NC (RDU/GSO/CLT)
Programs: AA EXP/1MM, DL PM, UA Plat, HH DIA, Hyatt Discoverist, IHG Spire/AMB, Marriott Titanium, Hertz PC
Posts: 29,648
I'm going to go ahead and bump this. I was at PHX last month and they offered me a free upgrade to Premium. All that were available were Ford Crown Victorias and Mercury Grand Marquises. I stuck with my Chevy Malibu
CMK10 is offline  
Old Aug 15, 11, 11:41 pm
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: ONT
Programs: AA Gold, WN A-, UA S, HH ♦, IHG Spire, Hertz Prez O, TSA Disparager
Posts: 2,144
For the first time I was not upgraded at Dollar PHX. I arrived Friday night and the lot was full, but the manager in the Express booth stuck me in a compact. I realize I reserved a compact as I was only there a day, but I usually get bumped up a grade or two.

Oh, I've even been upgraded into a Crown Vic.
Michael El is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread