So I am hoping that from the title of the post you are guessing that this is going to be a rant. Haven’t really done one this year, so it was about time really.
In two weeks Calvin and I have planned a trip down to the nations capital (Wellington for those that didn’t know). I have been planning the trip and this weekend just gone I booked everything. In typical Mabel fashion – the trip was booked in reserve. As in, I booked the train trip back up, then the hotel and lastly – the part that I THOUGHT would be the easiest the hire car down. How SOOOO wrong was I. Now I am not going to name the hire company. Why you ask? Well I checked nearly every other hire company in NZ and they were all the same – so can’t name and shame if they are all doing it (but I will say the companies name was four letters and it started with A and ended with S – you work out the rest).
Now to my main beef – rant time! Went though the online booking process, picked the pick up point, drop off pick, car, time – get to the end and see total – $360 FOR 24HR hire! What am I booking a golden car? So I look at the details thinking that I must have entered something incorrectly – not like I haven’t done that before! NOPE – car hire $80… ONE WAY HIRE a MASSIVE $260. Come on like I am going to book a car that costs a mere $80 then pay triple the car just for a one way hire NO WAY. After looking at the other hire companies and finding they are all charging the same rip off money making fees I decided to fly us down – for $45 each.
HOW the heck can flying down to Wellington (2 people) be less than one third of the total hire of a car, for a 24 hour hire I might add as well! The total price for our fares to fly down was a mere $100 (for 2pax) including taxes.
Needless to say now I have to change a few finer points for the trip but other than that little shocker – trip planned and booked. I will tell you all about it later this week. For now I am about to get ready to head over to the Auckland Domain and the Museum for the day 🙂
Rant over – Mabel now happy lol