Avis Decides to Sell Me a Car Instead of Renting It

I was shopping for a 2-day rental car this morning, and I searched for 48 hours plus 30 minutes. I was curious how it would price, since Avis will still give you a 30 minute grace on the return. I actually probably needed an extra 30 minutes even beyond this, but it was really just to see the price.

Well, they sure taught me! It was going to be a very expensive rental!

I was thrilled to see the option to rent a hummer! But at $3400 that was going to be a little bit outside my budget for a weekend vehicle.

Alright, I bet there are other rental companies at the same airport that would have rented for less, and even if I had booked it I bet it would have given the folks at Autoslash a big chuckle the first thime they ‘found me a lower rate’ and rebooked me.

I shifted back to a 48 hour rental and the price dropped to $21.50 per day.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Gary I respect your travel accumen but for god’s sake. Nothing says middle class like a hummer.

  2. finally the corporations are trying to claw back all that revenue they feel that you have stolen from them over the years.

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