We will be in Maui the last week in May. We have 3 adults. What is the best rental car company for pricing and should we rent at the airport?
Check www.discounthawaiicarrental.com and Costco (if youʻre a member) for the best deals. Most of us here use these. Make a no-obligation reservation and keep checking back for better deals. Reserve as soon as your dates are firm.
Yes, you should rent at the airport.
Thank you. What size of car is best for the island? Mid size ok?
Get the smallest that will accommodate you and your luggage. Parking spaces tend to be tight, and youʻll use less gas, which is expensive here.
For the "best" deal, you may want to consider renting from a local agency, like Kihei rentals or Franks. Would you consider something like that?
We come to Maui every year, haven't used a national agency in years, and would have a hard time ever going back to the "big boys". Just my opinion, but it's a good option to consider.
A local agency can be cheaper, but they tend to have older vehicles - more of a crapshoot for quality reasons. Comparing apples to apples, they may only be cheaper vs booking direct with a major. Using DHCR, Costco or Autoslash will be more likely to be competitive with a local agency - and you can avoid MOST of the 'tales of woe' by joining the car rental company club in advance to get the short line or even go right to the car.
You can pull up COSTCO rental quotes without any membership to see what rates are. Really easy to do. Just takes a membership # to actually book. Depending on your arrival time definitely look at the off-airport locations close to where you are straying (really easy to do a down-select on the costco website). The difference may well more than justify taxi fare to/from.
For our last trip, mid-Jan, I did an Enterprise, 40 Hana Hwy, intermediate rental reservation many months in advance thru costco. A little over $1400 for 9 weeks. Avis in Kihei and Budget in Wailea were a couple hundred higher. As we got into early Oct. the Enterprise quote for same period went above $3200 so I was a little worried about them honoring my original reservation. I did Plan B with both Avis and Budget as back-up as they had not changed at all - just a bigger taxi fare. I even called Enterprise customer service to advance our pick-up time due to changes in flight time which made me even a tad more nervous about honoring the $1400 original quote.
Got to Enterprise ($10 taxi fare plus tip) and tho the young lady did a double-take on seeing the rate in my reservation they fully honored it and were exceptionally nice and professional. Just a short wait for them to clean the car and off we were. As a note, I also added an insurance rider to my auto coverage for "un-owned car coverage" which extended my regular insurance to the rental. Cost was roughly $15 a month. Offered to show the insurance confirmation paper work at Enterprise but they said "we take your word".
In early Feb, after doing next years condo reservations, I did the same reservation thru Enterprise for 2019. $1460 for 9 weeks tho as I kept checking I found that their quote went back up to $3200+ in mid-March.
So, good luck on the rental. Travel safely.