Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Nice Wheels

I scored myself a free upgrade at Dollar today. Look out ladies, I'll be cruising the Chicago area in a Chrysler mini-van.

Apparently, there were no other cars available. Makes me wonder, is it still considered an upgrade if you didn't want it?



  1. Hmm, good question about the unwanted upgrades. I'll tell you one thing, though... When you actually WANT to rent a minivan, the price difference is VERY SIGNIFICANT. As a father of 3, I've rented minivans on several occasions, so I know this from experience.

    Just out of curiosity, though, I decided to check out current rates from Dollar Rent-a-Car for Intermediate (the smallest car my family could semi-comfortably deal with) versus Minivan, in Chicago (since that's where you said you are) and in Orlando (a place where we've looked into minivan rental before).

    Here's what I found:
    1 day: car=$54, van=$128
    1 week: car=$306, van=$470

    1 day: car=$46, van=$179
    1 week: car=$277, van=$800

    As you can see, they've got quite a racket set up for ripping off the millions of families going for week-long stays at Walt Disney World/Universal Studios/etc!

    This is why we ended up paying like $100-150 each way for a shuttle between the airport and our hotel (on the Disney resort), and just relied on the elaborate system of free buses/ferries/monorails/etc. to get around while we were there, when we went last fall (pics: day1, day2, day3, day4, day5).

  2. Anonymous8:27 AM

    There is great difference for rent vans and SUV`s. But you have more space with a van. In simple need only car, but if you need some specification or have a lot of baggage van will be ideal.