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Old November 7th, 2014, 03:00 PM
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Hi all my cruise to Hawaii leaves next month. I had heard it was a good idea to rent a car. Since Oahu is our longest port 7AM to 11PM I was thinking this is the best place to rent a car. My questions are: what's a good place to rent a car from? Should I reserve the car in advance? What happens if the itinerary is changes unexpectedly do I lose my money? This is my first time renting a car while on a cruise. I would be grateful for any tips or advice.
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Book your rental car in advance. You get a better deal. do it online or phone.

I have used Budget but any of the popular rentals are OK.

Your credit card is not charged til you return the car. So don't worry about that.

There maybe an agency near or at the airport. Check with your agency on phone to where the pick up is. Some use shuttle most are at the airport. Talk to them for the latest and best deal. Also check to where the return is>

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I suggest renting a car in each port - that's what we did and I would not do it any other way. Just make sure you reserve them ahead of time as often they'll be sold out because many people have the same idea.

We did Dollar in all ports except Kona. All of the car rental agencies are at the airport and it's quite an expensive taxi fare there and back, so in Kona, we used Budget as they are the only one with an office about 2 blocks from the pier.

In Kahului, Maui we only paid $17 a day to rent with Dollar. For 2 days, including taxes, the whole bill came to $40!

In Hilo, we paid $25 for a rental and imagine our surprise when they provided us a brand new (12 miles on the odometer) Ford Mustang convertible!!

Since we travel alot, I belong to all the frequent rental clubs and after researching every port, we found Dollar to have the best rates. They picked us up at the pier and dropped us off after we were finished.

Take your GPS with you and it'll make it very easy to get around.

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Thanks for the tips.
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I ended up using three different rental companies based on price and best promo codes. I love promo codes. I have Hertz, Dollar and Budget. I hope this goes smoothly.
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Good luck Kat!

I hope that you get a nice car for a low price.

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