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lepidoctora  (C 3681)

Nov 6, 2012, 6:37 PM
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This short Canadian is coming to Zhills this December! :) :) :) EXCITEMENT.

Getting from the airport to Zhills? Less excitement. Does anyone know of any cheap ways to get to and from the drop zone?

Some notes:

I am arriving and departing in the deep of night, so daytime options won't work for me, but please do still suggest them in case they work for someone else!

I already called manifest and asked for a ride. I was directed to a for-hire service that quoted $100 each way. :/ Not super enthusiastic about that.

I have a business account with Enterprise that will allow me to do two one-way rentals for $215, which will ALSO allow me to drop by the Walmart and buy a tent and sleeping bag and swing by Orlando the day after I arrive for some theme park fun. Unless there's a cheaper way into and out of Zhills, I'm leaning towards this option. Because, seriously, Universal Studios!

Any ways to/from Zhills for less than $150 round trip though? (That is the price that would make the option worth it for me, personally, but others may have different standards. I am also considering renting a car for the whole duration....)


monkycndo  (D License)

Nov 6, 2012, 7:06 PM
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Hitchhike?


dthames  (B 37674)

Nov 6, 2012, 7:41 PM
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About renting a car in Tampa. We did that last year. Some of the agencies have more than one rental location in the city. Renting a car at the airport was more expensive than one from an office that was not at the airport. You might have to have a taxi take you to the car place but if you are renting for a week or more, gettng the daily cost down would help.

Are you going in late Dec by any chance?


lepidoctora  (C 3681)

Nov 6, 2012, 7:54 PM
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Hitchhike?

At the witching hour? I want to live long enough to jump! Tongue

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Are you going in late Dec by any chance?

Yes, coming in about midnight on Boxing Day. And I will definitely look into renting a car at a different rental location to see if I can cut costs.


Ron

Nov 6, 2012, 8:11 PM
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FL had a law that allowed you to pick up at one location and drop off at another.

I used to fly into Tamp or Orlando and rent a car to drive to Gainsville and drop it off there.

Check into that, it used to be a law.


carbonezone  (D 23582)

Nov 6, 2012, 8:21 PM
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PM Sent Smile


normiss  (D 28356)

Nov 7, 2012, 6:48 AM
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There is you answer!

Reach out to the DZ and the awesome locals.
But beer.
Have fun.
Repeat.
Cool


Premier Remster  (C License)

Nov 7, 2012, 6:54 AM
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There is you answer!

Reach out to the DZ and the awesome locals.
Deliverance anyone? Sly


theonlyski  (D License)

Nov 7, 2012, 7:28 AM
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In reply to:
There is you answer!

Reach out to the DZ and the awesome locals.
But beer.
Have fun.
Repeat.
Cool

But what about beer??Tongue


lepidoctora  (C 3681)

Nov 7, 2012, 7:33 AM
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But what about beer?

Copious amounts! That's what about beer!

Carbonezone is the best! Smile This totally worked out. I love the internetzones.


mototryph1  (A 64367)

Nov 7, 2012, 7:47 AM
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If you weren't coming in at 12:00 am I would offer you a ride, I pass the airport on the way there.


Chris-Ottawa  (A License)

Nov 7, 2012, 11:36 AM
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You should be able to get a much better price on a car rental. I was there for 3 weeks, 2 years in a row and I rented a car for the entire duration. I paid $208 all in one year for the 3 weeks, and $290 for the next year (3 weeks). I didn't have any special discount and I got it right from the airport. One year was from Alamo, and the next was Entreprise.

I think what's killing you is the one-way dropoff. They discourage that by hiking the price. Just keep the car for the duration and you'll probably pay less. Plus...it's somewhere relatively safe to keep your crap...at least more than a tent it.

Enjoy!


lepidoctora  (C 3681)

Nov 7, 2012, 11:47 AM
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Were you under 25? They tacked on a $18 fee per day because I'm young and reckless, apparently. To keep the car for the 9 days I'd need it, I was looking at about $400. Blech.

One-way drop off is $45 extra fee on top of whatever it is for the daily rental. It cost more to rent it one-way from the airport ($120) and the cost Z-hills to airport one-way is $95.


Chris-Ottawa  (A License)

Nov 7, 2012, 11:54 AM
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The first year I went I was under 25. Second no. I'm pretty sure the second year was more pricey though. I should mention that this was 3 and 4 years ago now.

Do you collect airmiles? If you do, they have $100 gift certificates that can be used towards a car rental and you can double them up on a single rental.


A "free'er" way to do it would be to take a snooze in the airport (wearing your rig of course), and try to arrange with a local to bum a ride out in the morning. I hear they have a bar at the DZ and the person giving you a ride probably likes what the bar sells so.... 2+2=Beer.


(This post was edited by Chris-Ottawa on Nov 7, 2012, 11:56 AM)


normiss  (D 28356)

Nov 7, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Don't post while drinking it???
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