ATL to FLL & back options?

Old Jul 11, 19, 1:04 pm
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ATL to FLL & back options?

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Need advice from the more experienced here.

In December we need to drive from ATL to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise (not sure which Hertz location for that), then in January back to ATL.

One way seems to be rather pricey - which doubles on the return.

I suppose I could park the car up for 2 weeks - but is that the best option?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old Jul 11, 19, 1:57 pm
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Parking the car for 2 weeks might be your best option. What is the price difference of renting two one-ways vs. the longer round-trip? Also, why is it necessary to drive a car in the first place? Might have some other options on that side of the equation.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
HI

Need advice from the more experienced here.

In December we need to drive from ATL to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise (not sure which Hertz location for that), then in January back to ATL.

One way seems to be rather pricey - which doubles on the return.

I suppose I could park the car up for 2 weeks - but is that the best option?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I suggest that you re-check rates (and not just with Hertz) in September, after the rental-car companies post their Florida "drive-in" rates. (Whether those rates will extend as far into December as you will be traveling, I do not know. Is this a Christmas-New Year's cruise?)
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Old Jul 11, 19, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by s4popo View Post
Parking the car for 2 weeks might be your best option. What is the price difference of renting two one-ways vs. the longer round-trip? Also, why is it necessary to drive a car in the first place? Might have some other options on that side of the equation.
We have 5 days in which to make the southbound journey and 2 days to make the return. So even if we flew, we would still need to book a car whilst we stayed in the Miami area. Flying isn't that much cheaper for 2 people. We will have luggage so would cost extra in baggage. We are flying into Atlanta from the UK.

Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
I suggest that you re-check rates (and not just with Hertz) in September, after the rental-car companies post their Florida "drive-in" rates. (Whether those rates will extend as far into December as you will be traveling, I do not know. Is this a Christmas-New Year's cruise?)
Thanks. I can always book now, and then cancel if need be. Yes cruise over Christmas / New Year.

Just didn't know if there was some secret option haha
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Old Jul 11, 19, 6:01 pm
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If you can find a FL drivein rate, it would be best. ATL and the Piedmont region of the South tend to have the one-way special last, relative to the Northeast, because the warm weather lasts longer. You MAY get lucky.

Even so, your reverse one-way would be reverse peak, and therefore very expensive. Obviously you can't wait for the FL driveout in Mar/Apr/May. Is flying home to the UK from Miami an option? Can you redeem a free day for the one-way back to ATL if not?
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The OP might also consider picking up his rental car not at ATL airport, but rather at a non-airport location. The price differential might be substantial.

And unless the airplane ticket has already been purchased and would be expensive to change, I would look into the cost of an open-jaw ticket: fly into ATL, and out of MIA or FLL -- or even TPA or MCO.
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