First, Happy New Year! May our travels be the best and cheapest ever, and may our enemies inherit our hotel and airline fees.
2013 is becoming a year of excitement for our point-collecting household. My son graduated from college with a degree in engineering, and I finally say goodbye to tuition payments. Simply put – no tuition payments means more travel. I cannot match Angie’s travel schedule (who can). I have a normal job, with a boss, office, politics… you know the deal… and after 20+ years, I have 28 vacation day to work with.
The highlights of my year ahead include the Singapore Airlines A380 first-class suites experience to Australia for my birthday, Hawaii with my wife, and wherever the next “mistake” fare takes me. Angie’s pulling my arm right now about going to Anchorage in the summer (~$414 round trip from NY on United). It doesn’t end.
My son was fortunate enough to land a great job in South Carolina. Angie flew down with him 2 weeks ago to help find an apartment (related post). That was a success, and it was time for him to make the big move. The plan was for me, my wife, and son to drive one way with all of his stuff, and then us two would fly back from South Carolina.
The common problem with these types of scenarios is: most one-way van rentals have either a hefty drop-off fee or a mileage cap. Angie suggested I use Car Rental Savers to start the search, and the rates for the week ranged from $305 with Alamo to $ 1,266.71 with Hertz.
In the results, I found a great deal from Alamo: a one-way rental for 6 days, with unlimited miles and no drop-off fee for $306. We picked up van at EWR and dropped it off at the Columbia, SC airport before our scheduled flight home. I must say that the entire process was very convenient and smooth. The only problem we encountered was that our return flight was cancelled due to heavy fog conditions, forcing us to spend another night in Columbia (related post).
Has anyone else used a one-way car rental before? Sometimes it is much pricier than flying. but when it works out, it works out well!
Looking forward to meeting some of you guys at the blog dinner in NJ on February 2!