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Hotwire for car?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by djegators, Jun 25, 2012.

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  1. djegators

    djegators Low-Roller

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    Been searching rates high and low for a possible January trip, and have been disappointed so far. Then I tried Hotwire, and it is significantly lower. Am I missing something, or is this a legit way to go?
     
  2. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    I've not booked a rental thru Hotwire before, but I have used their rates as a guideline on what to bid over at Priceline. They pretty much will have similiar rates (most time I can bid $1-2 a day lower on Priceline and get it. Both only deal with the big name car rental companies, so no worries there. Only drawbacks? You can't cancel the reservation and get your money back and you pay everything up front.
     
  3. LAV

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    It is definitely a legit way to go. I have used them several times, and they have always been lower. Only drawback is no cancellation, no frequent flier miles, etc.
     
  4. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    Used HW several times in Florida, received Avis or Hertz. Yes, I don't get points or awards, but just remember folks, there is no free lunch. Rental car companies don't give those things away, you pay for them in the end.
     
  5. mikewolf13

    mikewolf13 Low-Roller

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    I have used Hotwire for cars many times, never an issue...only drawback is if you care about loyalty points with car compnay...

    excellent option
     
  6. OKC Gal

    OKC Gal Low-Roller

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    Rates are high because you are looking so far in advance. If you just want to get it done and over with, go with Hotwire - but just remember you are locked in. Rates will improve for January sometime in the fall.
     
  7. djegators

    djegators Low-Roller

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    Hmm...interesting. I had not thought of the rates going down, at least that much. Might be worth a wait, we'll see what the group decides.
     
  8. tapakip

    tapakip Low-Roller

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    Use a site like rentalcars.com to book at the best price. You can cancel it if another one comes along. I've rebooked mine 3x now, as the price keeps dropping. It's a win-win.
     
  9. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    if you hotwire a car it should be free?
     
  10. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    Only in Newark
     
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