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By T. Foster Jones
IT’S SPRINGTIME, when our thoughts turn
to fancies of flight. After being cooped up
during winter, there’s a strong urge to get out
Time to jump in the family car and hit the
road? Not so fast. There are a number of
options that make heading out on the highway in a rental car a much more attractive—
and fun—alternative to putting miles of wear
and tear on your tired old daily driver.
Many car rental companies have introduced car choices that go way beyond the
“compact or sedan” options of the past.
Customers can choose to go green with a
hybrid; go upscale with luxury cars such as a
Mercedes C320 or a Cadillac CTS; go a little
faster in a sports car, like a Shelby GT-H; or go
off-road in a Hummer H3.
With a rental car, you can tailor the car to
the trip. Are you traveling alone? With a large
group? Need something accessible to younger
and older riders? Think of ways that your
choice of vehicle can enhance the trip. For
instance, how much more fun would it be to
drive along the coast in a convertible than in
the family sedan?
Regardless of the vehicle you choose, one
of the best new features that is becoming
standard in rental cars is the Global
Positioning System, or GPS. Gone are the
days of missed exits and those vacation-kill-ing experiences of finding yourself and your
family lost. GPS units, such as the Where2
system, have pre-loaded road maps with
nearly 6 million points of interest and give
drivers turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions to virtually any destination in the U.S.,
Canada or Puerto Rico—including hotels,
restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and tourist
attractions. It’s like driving with a local.
Whether you’re renting a car to get to
your destination or to pick up after you’re
there, most rental car companies offer easy
access to airports or locations near the hotel
or home where you’ll be staying. Some let you
check in online or at kiosks, to save you from
waiting in line. A newer option is a pickup or
drop-off service, where the rental company
will actually come out and pick you up, drive
you to the agency and drive you home after
you’ve checked the car back in.
Vacations are all about new experiences.
They’re also about relaxing. Getting set up in
a rental car that best suits your needs helps
you achieve both.
• Reserve a compact through full-size car,
minivan or SUV in the United States,
Latin America, Caribbean or Asia Pacific.
• Valid for a rental of at least four days.
• Valid through 3/31/09.
Book online at
costco.com or call
Costco Travel toll free
When you rent, ask about:
Rates. When you are quoted a “base
rental car rate,” it does not necessarily include
sales tax, airport tax surcharges, mandatory
coverages, mileage (if applicable) and optional
items, which can increase the total rate by 10
to 40 percent. Ask how daily rates are calculated—the 24-hour-clock rate—to find out
how much of a grace period you have before
you’re charged for another full day. And ask
about the refueling policy.
Insurance. Insurance can add a big chunk
to your daily cost. Do you need it? Check with
your personal insurance agent and, if this is a
business trip, with your company to see if
you’re covered through them. As well, sometimes an upper-level credit card provides primary collision coverage. C
Be sure to request I.D. 675899
and Coupon Code AD5113JDO
at time of reservation.
When picking up your rental car, please be
prepared to show your Costco membership
card to the Alamo representative.
The Costco Connection
Costco Travel offers car rental programs with
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Costco members can find substantial savings and
special offers by calling 1-877-849-2730 or visiting
costco.com and clicking on “Travel.”
Terms and Conditions
One coupon per Alamo rental and void once redeemed.
Discount applies to base rate, which does not include
taxes (including VAT), other governmentally-authorized or
imposed surcharges, license recoupment/air tax recovery and
concession recoupment fees, airport and airport facility fees,
fuel, one-way rental charge or optional items. Offer is subject
to standard rental conditions. Blackout dates may apply.
Not valid with any other discount or promotional rate, except
your Costco member discount. Subject to availability and
valid only at participating Alamo locations. Some countries
may convert coupon value into local currency. 24-hour advance
reservation required. Coupon VOID if bought, bartered or
sold for cash.
Travel purchases are not included in the Executive Membership 2%
Reward program. All prices are in U.S. dollars. Costco Travel disclaims
liability for inaccuracies or typographical errors. Costco Travel is a
registered seller of travel and travel agency in the following states:
Washington (WST 602042600); Ohio (8789302); Florida (Fla. Seller
of Travel Reg. No.ST32555); and California (CST 2054248-50).
Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the
state of California. Nevada (Nevada Seller of Travel,
Registration No. 2007-0060).
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