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Strategies For Picking Up/Dropping Off Rental Cars at Airports
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:54:59 PM »
Many airports have a setup requiring a whole runaround to pick up a rental car which can be even more difficult when traveling with luggage and/or children. What strategies have you come up with to make this easier?
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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 03:48:06 PM »
Usually go pick up the car then swing by and pick up the family. Same on the return with some exception. This time I'm flying out of MIA a week from Wed morning. We decided to stay at an airport hotel to make life easier in the morning. I;m dropping off the car the previous evening after checking into the hotel. Will walk back to hotel after returning the car(according to google maps it's only .5 mi.)

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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 03:52:21 PM »
On arrival let the DW and family wait for luggage to come out while you dash out directly to pick up the rental car, and then pick them up. On departure, drop off DW and family and their luggage first, they can check in, while you go return the car and meet afterwards.

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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 03:54:28 PM »
Many airports have a setup requiring a whole runaround to pick up a rental car which can be even more difficult when traveling with luggage and/or children. What strategies have you come up with to make this easier?
Get the Black card and have them deliver the car to the airport

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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 04:07:31 PM »
Usually go pick up the car then swing by and pick up the family. Same on the return with some exception. This time I'm flying out of MIA a week from Wed morning. We decided to stay at an airport hotel to make life easier in the morning. I;m dropping off the car the previous evening after checking into the hotel. Will walk back to hotel after returning the car(according to google maps it's only .5 mi.)
Most airport hotels have a shuttle.
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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 04:30:56 PM »
Most airport hotels have a shuttle.
not so easy to get the shuttle to drop you off at the hotel instead of the airport. though its been done before..

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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 04:36:10 PM »
Get the Black card and have them deliver the car to the airport
Hertz platinum has that, anyone else?
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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 04:37:08 PM »
Many airports have a setup requiring a whole runaround to pick up a rental car which can be even more difficult when traveling with luggage and/or children. What strategies have you come up with to make this easier?
If it's an off airport rental, definitely go alone.
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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2018, 04:50:38 PM »
Hertz platinum has that, anyone else?
-Avis Chairman
-Tipping the return guy $10 or $20
-Telling the return guy that you're runnning very late for your flight.
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Re: Strategies For Picking Up/Dropping Off Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2018, 04:52:09 PM »
-Avis Chairman
-Tipping the return guy $10 or $20
-Telling the return guy that you're runnning very late for your flight.
That's when you return it, what about bringing the car to you when you pick it up?
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Re: Strategies For Picking Up/Dropping Off Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2018, 04:53:02 PM »
I rent the car and drive back to pickup everyone and the luggage on the curb.

For the return I'll checkin the luggage while Mimi makes it look like she's busy with the kids so that bored airport police don't make her move. Then they'll hang out around checkin while I return the car, unless we're running late in which case they'll go through security before me.
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Re: Strategies For Picking Up/Dropping Off Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2018, 04:53:43 PM »
That's when you return it, what about bringing the car to you when you pick it up?
Chairman will deliver if you request it, but usually I like seeing the available cars anyway.
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Re: Strategies For Picking Up/Dropping Off Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2018, 04:55:05 PM »


For the return I'll checkin the luggage while Mimi makes it look like she's busy with the kids so that bored airport police don't make her move.

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Re: Strategies For Picking Up/Dropping Off Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2018, 04:56:44 PM »
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Re: Strategies for Picking up Rental Cars at Airports
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2018, 05:21:25 PM »
Get the Black card and have them deliver the car to the airport
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