Florida Drive In 2019

Old Oct 10, 19, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by SinglePapa2 View Post
bumping up the topic; this year's drive-in appears non-existent compared to history. I'm baffled
Complete Speculation: Winter lasted well into March and April this year. Whenever flights in the Southeast get canceled, lots of people turn to one-way car rentals in order to salvage at least part of their planned Florida vacation. I think it's possible that rental car companies might not need to incentivize moving vehicles into Florida simply because most of the cars were already there. Maybe Mother Nature is the reason Florida drive-in rates are scares this year.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 8:18 am
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Originally Posted by writerguyfl View Post
Complete Speculation: Winter lasted well into March and April this year. Whenever flights in the Southeast get canceled, lots of people turn to one-way car rentals in order to salvage at least part of their planned Florida vacation. I think it's possible that rental car companies might not need to incentivize moving vehicles into Florida simply because most of the cars were already there. Maybe Mother Nature is the reason Florida drive-in rates are scares this year.
I doubt it. Both drive-in and drive-out were very strongly offered 2018/2019, especially by Avis/Budget. I'm seeing zero; very disappointed no National rates at all
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Old Oct 10, 19, 12:27 pm
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If a lot of people unexpectedly one-wayed into FL right before the FL driveout, the driveout specials would logically have lasted longer and/or been cheaper than normal.

There sometimes is also a mini, unadvertised FL drivein in Feb/Mar right before Spring Break. If a lot of flights get cancelled, those specials would probably get withdrawn almost immediately.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 10:14 pm
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There's been no unusual circumstances this fall, short of maybe two (to a small degree):
1. Warm temps maybe lasted longer than normal in N/E
2. FL didn't get hit hard in hurricane season, so there wasn't any additional insurer-covered local demand

Well then maybe drive-in rates are still coming, but it's disheartening to NOT see any by now. Avis used to start as early as end-Aug, and National used to show rates all fall thru mid-Dec. I'm not seeing anything
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Old Oct 11, 19, 11:23 am
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Those rates were offered several months ago, but you had to book quickly, because they disappeared faster than usual.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 12:42 pm
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Those rates were offered several months ago, but you had to book quickly, because they disappeared faster than usual.
National had no meaningful drive-in, yet. Last year, they had up to 28-day rate that lasted thru mid-Dec. Have Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty even announced any drive-in this time?
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Old Oct 11, 19, 5:36 pm
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National rarely has these specials anymore, but they did have it last year south FL to NY, and this year NYC airports to FL, for a few days, at the last minute. Enterprise and Hertz advertised it. The others tend to offer it quietly.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 7:16 pm
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National rarely has these specials anymore, but they did have it last year south FL to NY, and this year NYC airports to FL, for a few days, at the last minute. Enterprise and Hertz advertised it. The others tend to offer it quietly.
As much as u'd mentioned of National, that would've been a few cars. Literally 50x less than last fall. And if Alamo never even announced...
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Old Oct 11, 19, 9:43 pm
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Alamo had it quietly in Orlando to NY last spring, and all 3 affiliated companies had it briefly at the last minute in Sept.

Alamo also extended it quietly out of FL in July, returning to some Western cities.
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Old Nov 3, 19, 2:06 pm
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Almost all the major companies offer one way rental deals - particularly to airports. Check each site in the OFFERS section.
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Old Nov 3, 19, 2:34 pm
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We are not talking about airport to downtown deals, or competitive regional one-way routes like the Northeast corridor where prices tend to cluster.

We are discussing something more complex and seasonal- from one region of the country to another, that sometimes is advertised several months ahead of time, but other times pops up, quietly and unadvertised, at the last minute, and/or suddenly disappears. This makes it difficult to make advance plans, especially for a family trying to make a vacation around it.

Right now, I see Enterprise, Alamo, Dollar Thrifty, and Payless offering the FL drivein from the NY area for short notice bookings, for example. If anyone wants it, book ASAP.
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Old Dec 2, 19, 12:18 pm
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TY for PMs. Just completed a 9-day drive-in to FL at $9/day incl taxes. Need a drive-in rate from NY again for Dec.22; any ideas? This is a tall order I'm sure (I could also use a short one 2-3 days from NY around Dec.12-13, but would really love if it were National/Enterprise)
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Old Dec 2, 19, 1:05 pm
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No. I see $49/day with Alamo from Manhattan to MCO for Dec 12, and $99/day with National from EWR on Dec 22.
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Old Dec 2, 19, 1:10 pm
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By the way, care to share your experience? What type of car, plates, miles on it, customer service, etc.?
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Old Dec 7, 19, 7:05 am
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ok: so in my observation, no Company has announced drive-in beyond December 9 pick-up, and a 14-day limit! And I only see it in Hertz group. Appears to stack with Thrifty's rent one-get one future free day
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