Just got back from a brilliant 2 week driving tour of Ireland and wanted to offer my experience with Thrify.
Researching this trip I found out that you can wave the CDW if you have a World Mastercard (which I do have). I reserved my car only to find out when we went to pick up the car that the World Mastercard coverage only covered cars up to $50,000 and we had decided upon a luxury car. A BMW 5 series. This meant I had to pay the CDW.
We were given the options and chose the full coverage which covers everything, This coverage isn't cheap but I would rather be safe than sorry.
The BMW 5 was a brilliant car and we were glad we had it. A little wide for a few roads, but overall very easy to drive.
I particularly liked the sensors on all of the bumpers that alerted me to times when I was backing in to a low wall or cutting a corner too sharply.
The thing that totally paid off was when we were heading into Dublin to return the car. We had driven 1100 miles without incident, but fate decreed that we would hit a bone jarring pothole about 40 miles outside of town. It wasn't long before an indicator light came on to tell us that we had lost pressure in one of the tires. I pulled over and sure enough, there was a gash in the left front tire and it was flat.
I looked in the trunk and there was no spare and no jack. I called Thrifty and they told me that the car was equipped with drive run tires and that all I needed to do was find a service station and get the tire replaced and that they would reimburse me for the cost of the tire.
The run flat tires allowed me to drive another 20 or so miles to Healys Tyres and Car Service in Naas Kildare and $300 later I was back in business and on my way to return the car.
By the time I was back in the US my credit card and been refunded the cost of the tire.
I am very happy with the whole experience, though I would rather not have had flat. But it's a lesson learned for me.Edited: 26 September 2013, 16:36