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No rental cars available for Honolulu??

Elk Grove, CA
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No rental cars available for Honolulu??

I'm hoping to get the best price by waiting until the last minute to rent a car at the Honolulu Airport for June 2013. Is there any chance that if I wait too long, that the rental car companies will run out of cars? Especially midsize and full size cars?

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1. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

That's a really bad idea, Elk Grove. Yes, Oahu can, and does, run out of rental - any and all sizes. And the prices will go up - not down - by waiting until the last minute.

pzp
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2. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

Do not wait. Make a reservation as soon as your dates are set. Then you can keep checking for a better deal.

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3. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

Dang! Thanks for the advice.

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4. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

There is no credit card required to make a reservation.

Elk Grove, CA
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5. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

On the Discount Hawaii Car Rental site, What are the potential names for car rentals that are labeled? Brand X, Brand C, etc? Does anyone know?

Elk Grove, CA
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6. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

Is it too early to make car rental RSVP for June 2013?

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7. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

It costs nothing to make a reservation for a non pre-paid rental. As the previous poster said - make one now and monitor for lower rates. book better rate and cancel original. lather rinse repeat. Also check out flyertalk car rental forums for discount codes and coupons.

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8. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

Ok. Thanks for the advice, everyone.

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9. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

DHCR contracts with the major rental companies like Hertz and Thrifty. They're only the broker. You're actually renting from the rental company.

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10. Re: No rental cars available for Honolulu??

Yikes. I'm glad you asked. That could have turned out very bad!

Even if the car rental companies were prone to last-minute deals, which I don't think they are, reserving a car in advance would not preclude you from getting those deals. The reservations are almost always fully cancelable. So you could still grab any deal you saw last minute.

Still, better to pay a little too much than to not get a car at all!