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Rental Car

My wife and I are taking a trip to Destin in the beginning of September. I have begun looking at rental car rates online and was a bit surprised as to how expensive they have gotten. I am looking at renting a car for 6 days and the cheapest rate I can find is like $350.00 (includes tax). Is this the going rate these days? That rate is for a typical smaller compact car, which is all I need.

Is it beneficial to book a car rental early or wait until a week or two before?

I have already looked on the major websites (travelocity, kayak, priceline, etc). Are there any other sites or resources out there that might be cheaper??


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I have a membership at Costco and used the website and have found the prices cheaper.

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I rented a car for this weekend in Chicago - got it on priceline for half the price that was published - try to bid what you want to pay and see if they take it.

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Try using the search bar on the Florida forum and look up a thread for car rentals. I used a coupon code someone posted there and rented a car in Ft. Myers earlier this summer for half the price I could find on my own. If that one is no longer applicable there could have been others posted by now. There were several threads on that subject over the last few months. Good luck!

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Are you renting at Ft Walton Airport?

We have always got great rates there.

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Forgot to mention my airport location is pensacola.

Thanks for the suggestions.

St. Paul
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I always get good deals through Hotwire. No bidding but you don't know the company you get but they are all basically the same.

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I just booked through Hotwire, they were the cheapest by far. $223 total with tax for midsize car for 7 days, not too bad considering every other site was at least $100 more.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

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I always book on autoslash.com. They automatically lower the rate if they find a cheaper one. I have a minivan rented for Destin in October at half the cost of most sites.

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I'll second Hotwire, I booked a vehicle for a coworker that was over $100.00 cheaper! I also have used the Budget number and coupon code and have had great luck with that as well. Just Google Budget Coupon code and compare the two, there is no way I'd pay $350.00! Good luck!

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