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Flights and Rental Car Questions

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by suzanne, May 19, 2017 at 3:32 PM.

  1. suzanne

    suzanne Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    Right now cheapest flites for my date is on Hawaiian Airlines out of Las Vegas. Its $714.00 round trip. Las Vegas to Honolulu to Big Island back to Las Vegas. August 23 thru Sept 9th. Since this is my first trip to Hawaii is this a good rate or should I wait to see if prices drop? I checked American, Delta, United and Alaska they were all much higher than Hawaiian Airlines. Plus the other airlines are multiple stops and Hawaiian is direct flite from Vegas.

    My other question is about rental cars. We need one for 2 weeks on the Big Island, August 26th thru Sept 9th. Friends want an SUV, cheapest I can find is thru Costco for $796.00. It seems that rental car rates are extremely high everywhere right now. I tried Cheap Hawaiian rentals and they are over $800. for the 2 weeks. Should I book it thru Costco and keep checking to see if rates drop between now and our trip, or is the norm for Hawaii? I like using Costco since you keep checking and if rates drop cancel and rebook at lower rate.

    Thanks for anyone's help and advice.

    Suzanne
     
  2. Luanne

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    Suzanne, book your car through Costco, then keep checking back. I've found the "sweet spot", when the prices are the lowest, are at about 6 months out. However, earlier this year on our trip to Hawaii I checked a couple of days before the trip and the rates had dropped significantly. So I re-booked and cancelled the original Costco reservation.

    You can also check with autoslash, but I recently found that most of their rentals do NOT include a second driver. You can include the information that you are a Costco member and they will use the Costco discount (which includes a second driver), but that is not always their best rate. You can also register a reservation you've made elsewhere and autoslash will see if they can better that price. Autoslash will notify you by email if the rates drop.

    As for airfare, I can't help you there. You might try looking at Las Vegas to the west coast (San Francisco Bay area or Los Angeles area) and then from there to the Big Island. We've found some pretty good rates from the San Francisco Bay area to Hawaii. We now break up our trip with a two night stay in San Francisco, fly Southwest from Albuquerque to Oakland, then Alaska Airlines from Oakland to Hawaii. I'm able to use points to get the flights mostly for free.
     
  3. suzanne

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    Thank you for your help.
    Suzanne
     
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    For car rentals, have you tried Discount Hawaii Car Rentals? It's the rental company we used on the Big Island and Kauai.
     
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    I should have mentioned them as well. Although so far we've done better with Costco. Currently Discount Hawaii is coming up with some better prices for our trip in March, but they are with Dollar and Thrifty and I'd prefer not to use those companies. I'm thinking since I'm still so far out Costco will come down.
     
  7. suzanne

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    Thanks everyone for your help. I will keep checking all the car rental sites. Hopefully they will drop as it gets closer to my trip. Will also keep watching airfares.
    Suzanne
     
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    Hawaiian car rentals are much higher than other regions - $400 per week for a SUV is pretty normal.
    We got a Jeep on Kauai for 2 weeks this summer for $702, and I thought that was a really good price. We also use www.discounthawaiicarrentals.com
    During high season, it is not unusual for prices to go UP as availability decreases, and it's not unusual for availability to actually sell out, so hold on to what you have, and don't cancel it until you actually have a new reservation in-hand, or you could end up with no reservation.
     
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    For rental car have you tried Priceline.com? I don't use them unless regular rental rates are sky-high, but I was recently trying to reserve a car for a business trip during a popular event week (in Wisconsin, not Hawaii) in late July when regular rates were $500-$600 for 5 days for a compact car. I tried the "name your own price" feature on Priceline and was able to get a mid-size from Avis for about $250. I used them once many years ago on Maui with similar savings for a convertible. You do have to pay up front, and I don't like that, but in this case it's a trip that I have to make and only a major emergency would cause a need to cancel, so I figured it was a reasonable trade-off. Priceline doesn't reveal the name of the car company you get until after you book, but they only use the major companies for their "name your own price" feature - Hertz, Avis, Budget, National, Alamo, etc. - so you're not going to get stuck with some off-brand company.
     
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    I have used Priceline in the past, but usually wouldn't bid until fairly close to the date of the trip. I also found that through Priceline a second driver was not included and we got burned on one trip where we had to pay that additional fee. So I would only try this if you only plan to have one driver.

    Also, since you pay ahead and can't make any changes if there are any changes to your flights, you're out of luck.
     

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