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墨西哥租车保险

去年圣诞节去Cancun的时候,定下的调调是自驾游,所以研究了一下墨西哥租车保险的情况。当时最便宜的租车deal是Thrift的,它的term上清清楚楚写明不接受信用卡或者第三方购买的CDW保险。

然而今天看到一博客说Cancun的Hertz并没有这种说法,而且事实上如果你用Visa卡的话,居住地境外的租车保险是primary的,而不是象北美租车的话信用卡只是secondary insurance.

下面转载自 Visa卡CDW (collision damage waiver ) 条例:

How does this benefit apply?

Within your country of residence, Visa Auto Rental CDW supplements, and applies excess of, any valid and collectible insurance or reimbursement from any source. It does not duplicate insurance provided by or purchased through the auto rental company; it will not pay for losses reimbursed by your own insurer, employer, employer’s insurance, or any other valid and collectible insurance; however, it will pay for the outstanding deductible portion or other charges, including valid administration and loss-of-use charges not covered by your applicable automobile insurance policy. Outside your country of residence or if you do not have automobile insurance, this benefit is primary in those countries where it is available, and in that case, you do not have to claim payment from any other source of insurance before receiving the benefits.

有些tricky, 但是或许能省一些在墨西哥租车的保费(当然,这里谈到的都是CDW, 而不是Liability Insurance -LI)。当然,希望永远用不到保险,因为取决于你访问墨西哥的地方,当地警察的态度恐怕大相径庭。我当时读了好多网上的故事,钱包里20美刀的“罚款”是准备充分的。当然,事实证明,Cancun那一带的旅游区还不错。

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Hertz推出新的租车网站SimplyWheelz

老牌第一的租车公司Hertz最近推出一个新的租车网站及品牌, SimplyWheelz,目标是leisure traveler(休闲旅游)一族,而Hertz的品牌更多是针对business travelers(公务旅行)的,差别?当然是价格上的。出公差,自然不太计较价格,更重视的是服务,而自己出游除了考虑腰包之外,其他服务可以退其次,所以SimplyWheelz的check in check out 很可能使用低成本的self-service kiosks,凭我的个人经验而言,这绝对是方便快捷的一个方法,现在的租车公司柜台服务越来越“注重”利用一些游客的疏忽来骗取额外利润了(参见我的华盛顿州之行)。

也许Hertz开创这一品牌意识是参考了其它租车公司。常见的租车公司中,Avis 和 Budget是一家,Avis目标是公务旅行,Budget目标则是休闲旅游。而National 和Alamo更是早早就一个公司两块牌子运作了,Dollar 和 Thrifty其实也是一起的。对像我这样的消费着而言,牌子是一回事,价格才是主要的。相对于航空公司和旅馆的loyalty program 而言,租车公司这一块应该是最弱的。

目前的SimplyWheelz租车服务只有Orlando机场,相信推广到其它旅游热点只是时间问题。希望它的推出给我们自助游租车多一个选择。

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Seattle Car Rental

今天偶然用Kayak搜索一下Seattle之旅的租车,发现advantage有个很好的deal. Middle SUV, weekly price 税费都加上不过$173, 平均$25一天。 立刻定下来,发现是Jeep Liberty这类的两排座SUV. 价格比一般小车还便宜,夏天去Seattle的朋友不妨也查一下。

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租车公司越来越严的还车政策

前些年的时候,如果你外出租车,还车的时候晚了半个钟,你大可不必担心。那时候,大部分租车公司都有一个小时的grace time, 换句话说,就是你只要还车的时候比你合同上的时间不晚过一个钟,租车公司不会额外收你钱的。不过那是从前的好时光。一年多前,租车公司中的老大Hertz将grace time减少为半个钟,很快,其它租车公司纷纷跟进,到如今,你租车的时候最好看看好你的合同,问清楚grace time, 再仔细看看每多一小时的补款金额,也许可以提醒你千万不要还晚了。

以下是主要租车公司目前的grace time政策,仅供参考,具体如何还是要以你签的租车合同为准。

Alamo: “A grace period of 30 minutes applies to rentals within the U.S. Within the European Union, there is a 59-minute grace period, thereafter a further full day’s rental will be charged.” Even worse: “Daily/weekly rates may also retroactively increase from the start of the rental if the vehicle is kept beyond the agreed return date and time.”

Avis: “There is a 29-minute grace period. If the car is returned within the 29-minute grace period there will not be any additional hourly rate. Beyond the 29-minute period, an hourly rate will apply until it equals the rate for an additional day. Charges for optional services such as LDW, etc. are charged as full days after the 29-minute grace period. If a vehicle is returned beyond the parameter associated with a specific rate code the rental may revert to a higher applicable rate.”

Budget: “Vehicles are rented on a daily, 24-hour basis beginning at your pick-up time. There’s a 59-minute grace period for returns. After one hour late, hourly charges may apply. After three hours late, a full-day charge may apply.”

Dollar: No grace period. “The renter will be charged for each hour and/or any part of an hour in excess of a rental day the renter keeps the vehicle until the vehicle is returned, up to the applicable daily rate. … Other rates will apply if the Vehicle is returned earlier than the original return date or if the Vehicle is returned later than the original return date.”

Enterprise: No grace period. “For most rentals, Enterprise uses a 24-hour period to define a single rental day. For example, if you rent a vehicle at 11 a.m. on Monday and return it any time prior to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, you will be billed for one day. If you return the vehicle after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, you will be charged an hourly rate for each additional hour, or for a second full day, whichever is less. Hourly rates are usually one-fourth of the daily rate.”

Hertz: “Vehicles are due back the same time of day as rented, Hertz will provide a 30 minute late grace period at no additional charge. Vehicles returned after the 30 minute grace period will be subject to an additional hour charge and/or an additional day charge.”

National: No grace period. “Rates are subject to change if vehicle is not returned on the date and time agreed upon at time of reservation and rental.”

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越来越棒的Kayak

Kayak是一个旅游方面的”超级搜索网站” (Aggregrator) (请参考我之前写的如何查询购买北美机票系列之一: 旅游超级搜索网站). 超级搜索网站和一般旅游网站相比, 优势是明显的, 因为它一次搜索几十家不同的旅游网站, 然后对搜索结果进行处理, 用更加方便的方式将搜索结果综合显示出来. 原先我多用Sidestep, 它是超级搜索网站中历史最悠久的, 不过近来Kayak越来越棒, 为用户着想的地方越来越多, 渐渐地我也多以Kayay作为我的主要旅游搜索网站了.

Kayak的用户界面简洁明了, 用到的ajax技术也是完全方便用户, 比如机场或目的地的提示输入功能, 你只要开始敲城市的名字, 它的输入栏中就开始提示地名, 非常的方便. 目前Kayak已经从机票, 旅馆, 租车的旅游传统搜索扩展到Deal和Buzz两项新加的有点个性化的搜索领域.

Deal会根据你的大概旅游目的地和着重寻找的flghts, cruises, hotels, vacations, cars和最热的deal, 把搜索到的结果列出来, 这样一来, 有些藏在旅游网站中的deal就集合到一起, 省得自己一家家找过去了. 这对出游没有具体安排的朋友, 可以根据deal的好坏找到你的理想旅游地点. Kayak在这儿是和一些传统的deal网站竞争, 比如travelzoo (更多相关网站请参考travel deal superlink). 至于这类搜索是否能找到真正好的deal, 还值得观察一阵儿.


Buzz
则是根据一些旅游类型, 比如Adventure(探险类), Beach(海边沙滩), Skiing(滑雪)等等等等, 列出一些旅游的热门地和相关的deal, 这里还应用到一些”用户圈子”的概念, 看看网上注册的8000多个Kayaker都想去哪儿玩, 当然它的当前用户注册数目还很少, 不过假以时日, 如果功能越来越强大, 这类网站聚集的用户我感觉比单纯圈子网站(SNS)比如43places等, 会更多更受欢迎.

再回过头说说经典的旅游搜索, 机票搜索最近刚刚增加了弹性时间搜索(My dates are flexible), 可以选择三天前后的时间搜索, 这对它在机票搜索这类网站中的竞争力又加强了好多(机票搜索网站在最近的旅游创业网站中, 是非常活跃的一类, 陆续还有几个非常棒的搜索网站出现, 我们会根据它们的发展逐步介绍给大家). 当然你要细心, 会发现如果你想使用这功能, 它有一行小字: requires registration (需要注册). 呵呵, 它利用这种不经意的手法, 扩展它的注册用户, 不过它的注册也象许多web 2.0网站一样, 简单方便, 一分钟就可以搞定.

既然注册了, 还有什么其它好处呢? 你可以更改你的profile, 让它记住你偏爱的航空公司(preferred airlines), 偏爱的旅馆(prerferred hotel)等, 下次搜索的时候你可以指定在这个范围内搜索. 另外它还给你一个主页, 比如我的kayak主页 , 你可以输入你未来想去的地方, 它会自动显示你的hometown airport(所在地机场) 到你想去地方的机票搜索价格, 当然你还会发现它在未来会加入my buddies, my topic等越来越多网络圈子的元素, 你可以想象它是想如何把你粘在它的网站上.

难怪, 最近kayak不断被评为旅游网站2.0的姣姣者, 而且它的流量虽然和sidestep查不多, 但google trend已经显示出它的上升势头要胜出sidestep一筹了.

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信用卡租车赔付经验谈

信用卡租车赔付经验谈 — 北美出游租车系列 (一) is online, this article is compiled and based on mitbbs travel board discussion, poorguy @ mitbbs shares a lot of experience on how to handle rental car insurance using credit card coverage.

I am thinking to apply the AMEX additional coverage to cover my Alaska trip. they are primary insurance. Detail see article. More tips / experience are welcome.

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Hertz 更新租车合约

SFGatekan看到的消息,从今年一月开始,最大的租车公司Hertz更新它的 Hertz #1 Club Gold Member租车合约,所增加的条款都是对顾客不利的。

比如:还车的grace time从原先一小时减少到半小时。
租车的时候信用卡hold费用从原先估计价格+$50上调为估计价格+$200。
原先租车时如果各种天灾造成车的损失 Gold Member不用负责,现在无论什么原因都需要顾客负责。
具体条款在这里

这一更新伤了许多Hertz的忠实顾客。不过对我这种谁的价格低我就租谁的不忠实顾客而言,更担心的是很快其它租车公司的跟进。经济好转,旅游兴旺,出游的成本也越来越高,喜欢旅游的朋友要有心理准备了。

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Budget Rocks!

一直考虑在USVI St Thomas上的租车问题, 后来订了旅馆后在tripadvisor上读了一些评论, 认为还是租车比较方便合算, 特别是象我们这样带小孩或人多的情况, 因为taxi那儿是按人数算钱的, 而且开车的方便那就不用说了.

当然St Thomas上租车很贵, 今天查了查, Hotwire也好, Priceline也好, 最便宜的都是Thrifty的$42.95, 最小的车, 而且跑到Thrifty的网站上也是这个价钱, 那只是base price, 加上税费都查不多~$49-50了. 又去其它的Hertz, Avis查了一下, 用了我的Costco Coupon Number, 结果Hertz 四天是$236, Avis四天是$230, 都是五十多刀一天, 哭. 忽然看到还有Budget的Coupon, 虽然在sidestep上查出它家的价钱不吸引人, 不过报着试试看的心态去它家网站用Costco Coupon查了一下, 结果出来简直不敢相信自己的眼睛, base pirce 竟然只有$120, 税费也便宜, 才$12. 更神的是我又换了一下时间, 变成4天加4小时(我在St Thosmas的行程定的), 它的价钱也是按四天算的,太酷了. 这样一来, St Thomas 的租车就太理想了(每天$30只是两趟出租车的价钱). Budget Rocks!

又打电话去Citibank确认了一下, Dividend Credit Card CDW 保险是可以用在USVI的, 而且可以是Primary的, 只是不能包括truck, SUV和mini van. 当然Budget car reantal预订并不需要信用卡信息.

行程准备就剩下最后一晚的廉价旅馆了, 我也有目标了, 不过”廉价”在San Juan最便宜也要近$100, 要是没小孩子我都想在机场或租个车猫一晚得了, 我们第二天十点的飞机就飞了. 可是有了宝宝就不一样了, 多办还是会订个旅馆的. 另外建议订San Juan旅馆一定要读tripadvisor review, 不能只看星级, 因为有的旅馆review很差, 非常赃, 有人说还不如在机场呆着了, 而干净的廉价旅馆不太多, 我查出两家, 可以这会儿记不太住了. 要是有人有兴趣, 我再查查写出来吧.




更新: 其中一家廉价旅馆是Coqui Inn, 最初是在Travelocity上查出来的, tripadvisor上的评价非常好. 基本价$79, 加税后$91.56, 小孩子不额外收钱, 房间里好象还有简单的厨房,冰箱, 不过没微波炉(有些奇怪), 在San Juan 旅馆区.

不能住的旅馆: Coral by the Sea Hotel, 据说很脏. Diamond Palace Hotel & Casino, 负面评价也很多.

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Puerto Rico 租车



开始查在Puerto Rico的租车, 用sidestep简单搜了一下, 最便宜的是Dollar的, 又上Dollar网站上看了一下, Economy车, base price $31.19. Hotwire上查一下, 最便宜的Economy要$44, 而且Hotwire只有三家租车的, Avis, Budget, Hertz, 不容易拿到好的deal. 相比之下, Priceline还要多National, Alamo两家, 所以用Priceline可能更容易拿到好deal, 可惜biddingfortravel网站上没有讨论San Juan租车价格信息的. 其它去San Juan的朋友租车都是什么价格? 分享分享?

另外可能有些当地的小租车公司价格便宜些, 不过我只是在一些旅游书上见过, 没记下来. 不知道是不是要打电话才可以定到. 等我查一查.

Faint, Priceline一拍既中啊,

Congratulations Fufu, you got your price of $32 per day for your Economy rental car.

是National Car Rental的, base price $32, 加上Tax& Fee, Total Charges: $127.50. 太没挑战性了, 知道往少了bid些了. 不过National 应该比Dollar强, 我的飞机是晚上10pm到, 看到时候能不能弄个free upgrade的好运气. 对了, 我的时间是12/18-12/21.

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8 tips for great car rentals

又是Joel Widzer, 这次谈谈关于租车方面的经验. 应该说租车是自助旅行中相对容易但却很重要的一环, 想象你定车的时候价钱很便宜, 取车的时候又免费升了级, 最后拿到手的是辆崭新的红色小跑车, 那开在路上的感觉, 不要太爽.

下面看看Joel有什么租车的诀窍.

基本经验:
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