Yup. ANOTHER post about rental cars. I apologize!
I have a Grand Canyon trip planned for mid-April. I usually use Las Vegas but though I might come through Phoenix this time, mostly to be able to stop in Sedona. I'm about ready to pull the trigger on plane tickets but, WOW, the car rental prices are giving me serious heartburn.
So, I'm wondering. Are these prices "normal" for April? I'm seeing $300-400 a week from the big guys for a small car. Even with discounts, I'm still looking at $250+. I paid $80 for the same period in Las Vegas last spring. LV prices are up this year as well but they're still below $200.
Do the prices normally "dip" closer to the date? Or is the demand high enough and the fleets small enough that they may even go up? (LV prices seem to be at their lowest about a month prior.)
I'm travelling solo, with gear, under time constraints, so I'm really not interested in renting away from the airport. I do understand that the airport rentals come with premium fees.
I don't belong to Cosco but I'm generally successful in finding promo codes. But even so, my experience is that finding anything above 20-25% off of the rental fee is rare and that's still pretty expensive.
I'd appreciate any feedback before abandoning my idea to use Phoenix. Thanks!