Anecdotal increase in National rates

Old Feb 28, 20, 3:00 pm
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Anecdotal increase in National rates

Has anyone else noticed a jump in National rates this year?

I usually rent through @AutoSlash and National's rates are usually in the neighborhood of Hertz's and Avis's rates. But since January, National is usually at the bottom of the list, significantly more expensive than anyone else's. I don't know if it's because National no longer offers the same discounts through my credit cards and memberships, or if they've raised rates across the board.

Anyone else?
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Old Feb 28, 20, 5:31 pm
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Seems like that's the case to me. Last winter, I regularly found rates lower than my corporate rate but not the case this year.
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Old Feb 28, 20, 5:33 pm
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I mentioned this in the AutoSlash thread, but AutoSlash no longer seems to be getting the same rates as National's website. They're *dramatically* higher in every single AS quote I've submitted in the past month, even with the same contract ID/coupon/etc.

National's rates on their website, on the other hand, I've actually found to be on the lower end recently.
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Old Feb 28, 20, 8:57 pm
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Posted about increase in National's rates in another thread several weeks ago.

Noticed when making reservations in January for upcoming year that National's rates were off the charts. Any where from 10%-12% increase from 2019's daily and weekend rates. Also no, there doesn't seem to be as many discounts or promotions so far compared to last year either.

Another odd thing (also mentioned in previous posts) is sometimes full size, compact to mid-size SUVs, and Premium vehicles have lower daily rates than economy, compact and even IICAR. What's up with that?

Cannot say this is true, but scuttlebutt that reached my ears was at least during holiday season 2019 National was severely overbooked and lost money because people were showing up with some steeply discounted rates. Where they got those rates cannot say, and or how Enterprise National systems allowed heavy overbooking I don't know.

Unless or until things change am going to do more comparison shopping of rates between National and Enterprise. If not really particular about vehicle choice, and Enterprise is cheaper will roll with them. Long as receive EC credits am fine. Yes, Enterprise can be a PITA, and also yes you have to watch them, but cannot see paying $110 or $120 a day (week day rate) for a quick meeting or maybe running an errand. If away from home base will still compare rates.
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Old Feb 28, 20, 10:56 pm
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Originally Posted by missingcolours
I mentioned this in the AutoSlash thread, but AutoSlash no longer seems to be getting the same rates as National's website. They're *dramatically* higher in every single AS quote I've submitted in the past month, even with the same contract ID/coupon/etc.

National's rates on their website, on the other hand, I've actually found to be on the lower end recently.
There may be something to that. I noticed on a recent quote that AutoSlash was not including the standard 10% Emerald Club contract ID discount and was giving me the full retail rate instead.

@AutoSlash, are you aware of this?
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Old Feb 29, 20, 3:59 am
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My corporate rate with National/Enterprise went up this year, while my Hertz rate stayed the same. For the past 10-15 years, they've always been identical. They've also killed of the ability to use our National rate with Alamo.
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Old Feb 29, 20, 7:36 am
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I've been getting silver car at substantially lower priced than National ... Enterprise neighborhood still gets me reasonable prices, but the restrictive hours are an issue
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Old Feb 29, 20, 8:00 pm
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Because of local Enterprise locations restrictive hours there is no such thing as a one day weekend rental.

Saturday hours are: 8AM-1PM

Sunday hours are: 3PM - 9PM

Thus you cannot rent on Friday (hours 7AM to 7PM) after 1PM because location is closed on Saturday after that time. You have to make a two day reservation returning on Sunday after 3PM.

You cannot pick up a vehicle on Saturday morning for one day because locations don't open until Sunday afternoon.

If you need something with a Sunday morning pick-up time it has to be Saturday morning (before 1PM), and again reservation must extend beyond 3PM on Sunday.

Staff including managers can do nothing, word from corporate is basically "no weekend rentals", and they have been sat down to understand that goes for everyone.

Keep in mind Enterprise's return policy means even if you bring back a vehicle to garage after hours (assuming the place will even take it), reservation is not closed out until next business day when Enterprise staff arrives to do the work themselves.
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Old Mar 2, 20, 7:38 am
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Originally Posted by BugsyPal
Because of local Enterprise locations restrictive hours there is no such thing as a one day weekend rental.

Saturday hours are: 8AM-1PM

Sunday hours are: 3PM - 9PM
Huh? Are you referencing some funky hotel or casino location? Every Enterprise neighborhood location Ive encountered thats open on Sunday opens between 9-11am and closes around 2pm.
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Old Mar 2, 20, 8:32 am
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I just ran a quote for a two day least expensive option rental with AutoSlash. Hertz, Avis, and Budget are between $60-$70, while National is $200. Something has definitely changed.
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Old Mar 2, 20, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by SixAlpha
Huh? Are you referencing some funky hotel or casino location? Every Enterprise neighborhood location Ive encountered thats open on Sunday opens between 9-11am and closes around 2pm.
Manhattan neighborhood stores all have the same weird hours. NYC is a very different market than most other places in the country.
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Old Mar 2, 20, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by SixAlpha
Huh? Are you referencing some funky hotel or casino location? Every Enterprise neighborhood location Ive encountered thats open on Sunday opens between 9-11am and closes around 2pm.
What part of "local Enterprise locations" aren't you comprehending?

This would be NYC and you can see what there is for yourself by doing a simple Google or other internet search. At least in Manhattan places are open both weekend days (if you could call it that). Outside of city non-airport Enterprise locations may be closed either Saturday or Sunday.
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Old Mar 2, 20, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by missingcolours
I mentioned this in the AutoSlash thread, but AutoSlash no longer seems to be getting the same rates as National's website. They're *dramatically* higher in every single AS quote I've submitted in the past month, even with the same contract ID/coupon/etc.

National's rates on their website, on the other hand, I've actually found to be on the lower end recently.
From about late January through sometime in March or even into April Enterprise/National rates generally are lower. All the big travelling holidays are over, and generally it is a slow time of year though this can vary by location. Once May rolls around rates generally inch back up in advance of Memorial Day and summer travel season.
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Old Mar 4, 20, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by BugsyPal
What part of "local Enterprise locations" aren't you comprehending?

This would be NYC and you can see what there is for yourself by doing a simple Google or other internet search. At least in Manhattan places are open both weekend days (if you could call it that). Outside of city non-airport Enterprise locations may be closed either Saturday or Sunday.
Originally Posted by Auto Enthusiast
Manhattan neighborhood stores all have the same weird hours. NYC is a very different market than most other places in the country.
The poster who originally complained about restrictive hours being an issue lives in San Diego. For the 99% of FT'ers who live outside of New York, Enterprise neighborhood locations that maintain both Saturday and Sunday hours keep roughly the same hours on both days.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 8:49 pm
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I've noticed a decreased in rates recently, possibly coronavirus related?
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