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Old 03-11-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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I have a few trips planned for the world in the coming year. I always rent a car when I land into MCO. Cost to having was always reasonable. 15-$20 per day. I would have guessed that the new resort fees would have made many not rent a car. Causing a surplus in available cars. Well I am seeing the opposite. Seems car rentals are more expensive. Anyone have a theory?
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:11 AM   #2
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I have a few trips planned for the world in the coming year. I always rent a car when I land into MCO. Cost to having was always reasonable. 15-$20 per day. I would have guessed that the new resort fees would have made many not rent a car. Causing a surplus in available cars. Well I am seeing the opposite. Seems car rentals are more expensive. Anyone have a theory?
None here honestly and I am just as baffled as you are. I've been a regular renter since 2002 and this year's jump is just crazy. Only thing I can think of is they think since people are traveling they can charge more, but we're just now debating between renting and using Lyft.

Trying to book a week or two out (which used to give some good prices at times) is failing. Booking as soon as we book isn't the lowest either. About 4 months out seems to be my best bet, but not always.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:13 AM   #3
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I have a few trips planned for the world in the coming year. I always rent a car when I land into MCO. Cost to having was always reasonable. 15-$20 per day. I would have guessed that the new resort fees would have made many not rent a car. Causing a surplus in available cars. Well I am seeing the opposite. Seems car rentals are more expensive. Anyone have a theory?
Makes sense to me. If less people are renting cars then they have to raise their rates to make up the difference.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:17 AM   #4
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I suspect the number of people who rent cars is not particularly elastic, i.e. doesn't respond strongly to the cost. People who don't rent cars probably don't even look at prices, and those who do rent do so regardless of reasonable variations in cost.

In this case the natural thing to do is to gently raise the cost of rental cars.

Also FWIW Orlando is the largest rental car market in the US, possibly in the world.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:17 AM   #5
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Comparing rates against 2018 (I used 4th of July week) - rates on Costco travel appear the same or lower

Mini Van $423, Intermediate $333 - prior years have seen mini van $600+
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:23 AM   #6
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Makes sense to me. If less people are renting cars then they have to raise their rates to make up the difference.

More people using ride share and taxis.
I saw more Minnie Vans and Lyfts last week
I think the car rental companies have reduced their fleets and that causes prices to rise. Last year we arrived in Vegas and Budget was out of cars and we had reservations! They told us to come back the next day we skipped it and used Uber/Lyft and glad we did.
We haven’t rented a vehicle in Florida for over 6 years. Before that we rented multiple times per year.

Young people don’t want to drive at all.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:37 AM   #7
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Young people donít want to drive at all.
Rental Car companies make it cost prohibitive to rent if you are under 25
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:01 PM   #8
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Makes sense to me. If less people are renting cars then they have to raise their rates to make up the difference.
I see your point and I have thought of this. But is it better to let cars sit in a lot and not out making money. Even at the old prices which was profitable for the W&T on the vehicles. Unless they did reduce their inventory and supply is down.

I have reserved 3 cars for my 3 trips. Since they are cancel anytime I will likely cancel and use uber/lyft. I will not use $50 a day on those services.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:54 PM   #9
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I have a rental coming up in 3 weeks or so that has been holding at the same price that I finally got down to about 2 months ago. I'll keep checking up until the trip. The price is a bit higher than what I've gotten in the past few years but not horrendously so. In November I managed to get a bit more off in the week or so before our trip.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:27 PM   #10
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We had to rent a car for one day last year because of a storm at home. I reserved for 2 days and only needed one. They charged me extra for bringing the car back early and charged $10 a gallon for gas to fill the tank. Bill was $197 for one day. Crooks.
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