Post # 1
I have never rented a car before but we will have to for our Honeymoon in October which is at Disney. I was told a few months ago not to book it until it’s closer to hopefully get a cheaper rate. We just want a small car like a corolla or something but from a decent place, hertz, budget, enterprise etc. Yes we do need it from 10/10 until 10/19 but I didn’t think this was going to cost us over 500 bucks! Anyone know if I should wait longer to book or wait for a coupon code?? Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t work in the industry, but I have rented a LOT of cars. Generally, the price is what it is. Sometimes you can save a bit buy paying in advance online instead of when you pick up the car and sometimes you can find coupon codes online. Renting any car for as long as you want it is going to cost a pretty penny. It doesn’t really matter when you book it. And since you want a small car (that is, the cheapest and therefore, most popular car), waiting too long might mean they won’t have any left and you’ll be stuck renting something more expensive than you want.
Post # 4
Try Priceline.com and name your own price, we went to Disney last year and for 4 days we paid about 100!
Start low if your price is not accepted you only need to wait 24 hours to bid again, you also will need to provide your credit card information at the time of bidding and their is no refunds or cancellations.
You are going in their low season so there should be lot’s of deals!
Just an idea 🙂
Post # 5
@MrsJuneBee: Great! Thanks so much!!! 🙂
Post # 6
Sometimes Entertainment books will have discounts for them. You could also try finding coupon codes and stuff.
Post # 7
@FutureMrs86: I imagine that in Disney there could very likely be a premium. Families go down and rent cars to drive all over florida.
Post # 8
Also look for companies that are not based at the airport. Ones off the airport will have a shuttle and are sometimes literally half the cost since they have less taxes to pay and are less convenient
Post # 9
THat sounds about right for 9 days with all the service charges and fees and taxes they tack on.
Post # 10
Book your reservation through autoslash.com, it’s a free service that will monitor prices for you and automatically rebook you if the price goes down.
Post # 11
@FutureMrs86: Not sure what you’re Honeymoon plans are but do you know about the Disney Magical Express? It’s Disney service that takes you from the airport (MCO) to your hotel, free of charge. Once you’re on Disney property, there is no need for a car to get around to all the fun things to do. So if you’re planning on only staying on Disney property or rarely leaving, I would recommend the Disney Magical Express and save yourself some money. Even if you were to go to Universal Studios for a day, the cab ride there/back would certainly be cheaper than renting a car for that whole time.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
For our honeymoon, we had a car for 14 days and it was under $300 (in Orlando). Are you picking it up and dropping it off at the same place? Sometimes there’s a crazy “drop fee” if you don’t return it to the same place. Also, if you have comprehensive coverage on your car, just say no to the crazy expensive insurance the rental places try to sell you. And going with an “off-brand” rental agency is fine. We’ve had terrible experiences all around and good experiences as well– we just go with the cheapest (and most convenient) agency we can find.
Something to check into is that Disney has a rental service on it’s property. If you’re staying at Disney, I’m pretty sure you get a decent discount going through them.
This is for Disney World… if it’s Land you’ll be at, then ignore me 🙂
Post # 13
For 9 days, that does sound pretty high. If you’re just booking a car, that is not prepay, jsut keep booking everytime I see a cheaper price to lock it in. Theres no penalty for cancelling a car reservation before you arrive.
Post # 14
I vacation a lot and we always book our car rentals on hotwire.com. We went to Florida in May for two weeks and our car rental for the total 2 weeks was $218. Definitely check out hotwire for deals! 🙂
Post # 15
@Rose_Dust: I agree.
OP are you planning on WDW (Florida) or Disneyland (California)? My Darling Husband and I spent our nine day honeymoon at WDW and had absolutely no need for a car. Bewteen taxis and Disney provided transporation we were set.
Post # 16
I’m also a priceline user. I’ve name-your-own-priced a bunch of stuff and have never been disappointed. It’s seriously the best service. And if I lose my bid, my Fiance will bid the same day with his info and cc. That way, we get 2 bids every 24 hours. And sometimes, if you’re too low, they’ll tell you how much you need to bid to get the price you want. We’ve done this for hotels and cars. It’s really a great option.
I would also suggest just looking and reserving and if you find something cheaper, cancel and reserve anew. I’ve never had a problem doing that before with car rentals. Shop around for different prices from different companies and maybe even different pickup locations.