Category Archives: Car Hire

Car Hiring – Upgrade offer for Orlando Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Free upgrade and priority check in with Thrifty Sapphire and Dollar Diamond Car Hire for Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale Airports.

Guaranteed Upgrade Offer

Receive a guaranteed upgrade of one car class with your Dollar Diamond or Thrifty Sapphire reservation. Look out for the special logo in the results when placing your car hire reservation.

The upgrades are available for the following car rentals:

  • Economy booking, receive a Compact
  • Compact booking, receive an Intermediate
  • Intermediate booking, receive a Standard
  • Standard booking, receive a Full size
  • Mid-size SUV booking, receive a Standard SUV

The upgrade will be provided on collection automatically, there is no need to request it.  This offer is valid for all reservations commencing before the 30th June 2019 and from August 16th 2019 to December 14th 2019.

Priority Check In

You must also use the preferential line at the desk on arrival to collect your hire car. Just show your voucher with the Dollar Diamond or Thrifty Sapphire logo’s to experience this offer.

Other reasons to book Dollar and Thrifty for Your Car Hiring

Our fully inclusive package with Dollar Car Hire and Thrifty Car Hire includes a free additional driver. Our fully inclusive and premium packages with Thrifty have a Sat Nav included in the price.

“Once again brilliant service. It is always a pleasure to book with a Trip Wheels, and we have dealt with them for many years. When we book they are so friendly and always make sure they give us the best price possible, which is very important to us as a family. All confirmation/documents are received without delay. Rosemary”

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5 Tips for Your USA Family Holiday – From 7 Seater Car Hire to Travel Insurance

Florida is the perfect USA family holiday destination with all the theme-parks, state parks, restaurants, shopping and beaches. The preponderance of self catering villas makes it really economical, simple and fun to take the whole family. We arrange lots of car hire for multi-generational families and more times than not, it is Grand-parents doing the arranging.  Continue reading

How To Use A SunPass While Hiring A Rental Car In Florida

Florida has over 700 miles of toll roads, bridges and causeways, the most of any US State. These can all be easily navigated by use of the state’s SunPass e-tolling system.  All of the rental car companies have signed up to use the e-tolling system in one form or another, to make it easy for their customers to whizz through the toll roads without having to pull off all the time to pay cash. Our separate post discusses which methods are used and how much is charged by the rental car companies for the privilege of using their system. In this post we will look specifically at the physical transponder favoured by Budget in Florida. Continue reading

Elle Hubbard

21st December 2012

Merry Christmas!Winter Snow

Christmas is nearly upon us and most of the car hire companies are now sold out for next week in Florida and San Francisco!  We still have cars available in other parts of the USA so if you are heading to Boston or Las Vegas, you can still find a car (as I write!). Continue reading

Seasonal Surcharges for US Car Hire

Here in the UK we have had the most exciting Olympic summer and even occasional glimpses of the sun!  But now, as summer slips to autumn and the days shorten attention turns to the next ‘main event’.  USA Car hire companies are well ahead of this curve and have already put seasonal surcharges for car hire in place for the peak Christmas period.
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Hertz and Dollar Thrifty to Merge

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Hertz would acquire Dollar Thrifty for $87.50 per share in cash in a transaction valued at a corporate enterprise value of approximately $2.3 billion.

As part of the deal, Hertz has reached an agreement to sell Advantage (currently its car rental leisure arm) to Franchise Services of North America and Macquarie Capital.  Other car rental companies within that stable are: U-Save, Rent-a-Wreck, Practicar and X-Press Rent-a-car.  That sale is contingent upon the successful merger of Hertz and Dollar Thrifty. Continue reading

Driving Licences for Car Hire in the USA

What are the requirements for driving licences for car hire in the USA?

To hire a car in the USA all drivers need a full, valid driving licence from their country of residence (but not USA or Canada). If you have a driving ban in your home country you cannot hire a car in the USA. Some car hire companies require that you have held your full licence for at least one year. But not all make this distinction – please see the checklist below. For UK drivers heading to the USA, we understand that nothing will change with regard to UK driving licences and that in other English speaking countries you will not be required to hold an IDP following Brexit. For drivers heading to Europe please click here.

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