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COVID-19 Impact on Car Rental Rates in Hawaii (Historic Low Rates Now Much Higher)

COVID-19 Impact on Car Rental Rates in Hawaii (Historic Low Rates Now Much Higher)

Old Jan 3, 21, 9:39 pm
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COVID-19 Impact on Car Rental Rates in Hawaii (Historic Low Rates Now Much Higher)

About 3 or 4 months ago I reserved a midsize SUV for ~$950 for 4 weeks. Two weeks ago I canceled and rebooked for ~$750. Checked again tonight and rebooked for ~$550.
So recheck your rates if you're renting a car. We are visiting Maui but I'm sure all the islands are the same.

[EDITED on 2/18: Rates seems to back to "normal" now.]

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Old Jan 3, 21, 10:23 pm
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We're going to Maui in February and the best we can find, through Costco, is about $333 per week. What car rental agency are you using?
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Old Jan 3, 21, 11:27 pm
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We're going to Maui in February and the best we can find, through Costco, is about $333 per week. What car rental agency are you using?
I'm using my Chase UR points which gives us about a ~33% discount (which books via Expedia). But check Expedia, Dollar and Budget. But you may have to wait til a week or two out. Plus, Feb is a busier time than Jan. Good luck.
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Old Jan 3, 21, 11:49 pm
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Check Hertz We had a week long mid size rental over Thanksgiving for just a bit over $200.00.

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Old Jan 4, 21, 1:48 am
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Check hotwire too. We had a rate via national this last 3 weeks (peak season) for ~$950. Shaved $400 and still got it from National.
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Old Jan 4, 21, 10:34 am
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Thanks for all your suggestions, we will check into the other options today
! We usually use Costco because a second driver has no fee, and we can easily cancel and rebook when a less expensive rate is available.
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Also check:

https://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com/en-us/

Iíve normally gotten the best rates with them.
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Old Jan 4, 21, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by wannagotoo View Post
Thanks for all your suggestions, we will check into the other options today
! We usually use Costco because a second driver has no fee, and we can easily cancel and rebook when a less expensive rate is available.
Chech rules of various agencies.....some don't charge for spouse/domestic partner (both of you over 25) to be additional driver (AVIS).
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Old Jan 4, 21, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by wannagotoo View Post
Thanks for all your suggestions, we will check into the other options today
! We usually use Costco because a second driver has no fee, and we can easily cancel and rebook when a less expensive rate is available.
You can book, cancel & rebook for free with all companies.

Spouse is free with most companies too.
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Old Jan 4, 21, 9:45 pm
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Old Jan 5, 21, 8:45 am
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Only when paying cash. Most of the time I use Chase UR. Bonus is nice.
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Old Jan 5, 21, 7:33 pm
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I forgot what a wealth of information this group has been. Thanks again.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 6:14 am
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Chech rules of various agencies.....some don't charge for spouse/domestic partner (both of you over 25) to be additional driver (AVIS).
Join Thrifty Blue Chip loyalty program and spouse is free. They are shady though. For example they charged me a late fee of $16 per day in addition to the stated $9.99 for each extra day. As if they were running out of cars. If I had told them I was returning late they would have charged me a change fee. I never had either of these happen with National. National Emerald Club gives you family members and business associates free.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 5:03 pm
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Turo rates are rock bottom too in Hawaii. You can rent a Jeep through Turo for a fraction of what the traditional rental companies are charging.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 9:35 pm
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Thanks again for the help. Will join loyalty programs-no problem. Never heard of Turo. Just checked and they have great rates!
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