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Car Rental choices

The prices for car rental were the same between Dollar and Thrifty.

Any reason to pick one over the other?

3 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Osage Beach

I assume you'll be flying in to the islands. You might wish to check if one of these car rental companies "partners" with your airline. That might allow you to rent a car at a lower rate, get an upgrade in model, or possibly help you earn extra airline miles. Gary

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thanks for the tip re checking what the airlines would offer. Hawaiian Air offered the same lowest prices I got when I individually checked each car rental agency. However, for Thrifty and Dollar, they both had a Hilo city discount of about20 lower than the special rates. The Hilo city discount was not offered with the airlines rates.

I opted for Thrifty but Dollar was the same price. All other rentals were higher, one even over500 versus the274 (with taxes, etc) for 8 days that I got with Thrifty. I save26 with the Hilo discount, enough to buy a souvenir at Hilo Hatties! By the way, Thrifty offered a printable coupon for Hilo Hatties too.

Thanks for the advice. I'm glad I checked it out.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Osage Beach

I'm glad that checking helped. I don't rent a car often, but I'll still check multiple sources for the best price. If it's awhile before you fly, I'd check the rates again just before you leave. Gary

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