Saved HUNDREDS by renting off-site from the airpor
Pros: Did a little research before making our car rental reservations for a 10 day trip in Florida and saved HUNDREDS of dollars. The Avis (and most other car rental companies) rate for the 10 days with a pick up and drop off at the airport was just over $700 for the full size sedan we needed. However, we reserved a full size sedan at the Avis rental center that was about 3/4 of a mile away from the airport and paid around $360 for the entire 10 days. The $15 (including tip) cab ride over to get the car and then again to return it was worth the savings. The cab was right there when we arrived to return the car and caused us no delays in making our flight. The staff at the "remote" rental site was delightful, helpful and professional. We would definitely do this again. One huge benefit to using KAYAK is that KAYAK showed ALL rentals, not just those available at the airport.
Cons: It was only a slight inconvenience to take a cab to and from the car rental location. We had four people in our party so we were able to drop off some of our party at the airport to check baggage while the other two off us returned the car. Really, we had no complaints and will do this again when the savings are so substantial.