Mr. Points Traveler and I arrived in San Diego yesterday to kick off our extended weekend in SoCal to experience some of the new Kimpton hotels. During the what-seemed-like-forever nonstop flight from Newark to San Diego, the first thing we wanted to do immediately upon landing and picking up the rental car was to dash to In-N-Out Burger to stuff our faces (animal style for him, protein style for me).
Mid flight, I searched my inbox for the car rental reservation I could have sworn I’ve already made, but I couldn’t find anything for this weekend, shucks. As soon as the plane touched down, I quickly logged onto Car Rental Savers to compare rates and book a car. Luckily, I was still able to get a fantastic, last-minute, $70-weekly deal from E-Z Rent-A-Car. We immediately headed to the rental car shuttle pick-up area outside of terminal 2 and waited.
…and waited… and waited some more. Fast forward 20-minutes or so, every single rental shuttle passed us by after making 2-3 rounds. What the heck – we were groggy and hungry. By this point, I decided to call them and ask why we haven’t seen a shuttle pass yet. “Ma’am you have to call us for a pick up – the driver is now on his way, and he’ll be there in 20-30 minutes”, said the operator at E-Z Rent-A-Car.
Another 30 minute wait? UGH, no way. I immediately started searching for a reservation somewhere else. That is until Mr. Points Traveler pulled through and saved the day – “Ang, look!”:
Curious about the saving-grace offer, we hopped on the shuttle. Would Hertz really match us to the $70 weekly rate? Let’s see…
When we arrived, we told the desk concierge at Hertz that we were enticed by the match offer. They took a look at our current rental from E-Z Rent-A-Car, and within a few minutes, we drove off in a car booked from Hertz with the same $70 rate.
I excitedly tweeted about my experience, and to no surprise, many followers were equally as curious about this offer and wanted to learn more. Fellow BoardingArea blogger, DeltaPoints, did some research and sent me over a link explaining this not-so-public offer (which is apparently called the Hertz Ultimate Experience Challenge and is valid until 1/31/14).
The details of the offer state that not only would Hertz match a competitor’s offer, but they will also throw in a $50 credit for a future rental (note: the Hertz at SAN did not mention the $50 credit portion of the offer to me, so when I return the car, I will definitely inquire about it).
So there it is, a great surprise from Hertz, and in no time were inhaling this: