I was unable to get aboard my 8:30 pm flight out of Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) because it was oversold.
While in the airline terminal on Monday night, I booked a hotel for the night using Priceline Name Your Own Price on my iPad.
I then used Name Your Own Price to purchase a rental car to get to the hotel.
I was going to try $11 per day, but a message popped up and said there was only a small chance of success, and recommended I bid $14.
I bid $12 and was accepted. When I arrived at Alamo, they upgraded me to a Full Size car. Alamo is also nice because you can pick any car you find parked in the lane. I got a pretty nice Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium. Very cool learning to drive a silent electric car!
I also read some Yelp reviews that said if you book the retail Priceline rates at Dollar Rent a Car, or Thrifty, they have an unfair charge scheme related to toll roads in South Florida.
Florida has a "Sunpass" you purchase annually, which uses a transponder in the car to charge you the toll. On some roads you drive under a bridge, which takes a photo of the license plate to charge you the toll. Apparently, Dollar and Thrifty offer a $45 dollar charge up front, and they take care of paying the tolls. Most tolls are only around $1.25, but many places have no option to pay cash. If you do not buy the $45.00 pre paid option, the Rental company charges you $15.00 per toll.
Apparently, none of the major rental companies which participate in the Name Your Own Price program do that. They apparently do not charge you anything if you do not incur any tolls. If you do, they only charge $3.99 per day. Even though Dollar and Thrifty were about $3.00 per day less expensive than what I paid, this toll policy would have made Dollar or Thrifty a financial disaster.
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