Fee Detective

Fee Detective in Fort Lauderdale. When your $28/day Convertible Costs more than $54/day after Fees.

Fee Detective

At AutoSlash, we really do endeavor to relay the types of rental car experiences our fellow renters might experience, whether those experiences are positive or negative. The Fee Detective recently made a trip to Fort Lauderdale for a few field tests. In fact, our aims were to create an airport rental car review of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (available here), measure the double-shuttle shuffle, drive a convertible, test out the Sixt upgrade process, and review Sixt's fees at Fort Lauderdale. Three of these aspects were relevant for a Fee Detective article -- the time (and money) cost of the double shuttle, using Sixt's upgrade process to intentionally reserve a smaller car (and save a few dollars) and reviewing the fees that Sixt has uniquely decided to impose upon many of their rentals.

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The Fee Detective in Atlanta, Where Professional Sports Mean Rental Car Taxes Exist in Perpetuity

City of Atlanta

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the largest airport in the world by passenger traffic and is operated by the City of Atlanta's Department of Aviation, in consultation with the City of College Park, Georgia. You see, there are very critical facilities of the airport (namely the consolidated rental car facility) that are not located in Atlanta, so the City of Atlanta has to get the City of College Park to sign off on their collection of visitor money (including yours) through taxes.

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Thinking of Burning Rental Car Points for an Award Day? Awards are Never Free.

Burning Poiints

Recently, I was stuck at an airport for a few hours between returning a Jucy camper van and a flight to Portland, Oregon. I had originally thought about redeeming some points for a free award day and exploring the area. The result? A quote of about $20 for a full-size car on an ostensibly "free" day. I headed to the airline lounge instead and had a quiet lunch and changed to an earlier flight instead.

The potential financial cost of redeeming the "free" rental day to drive around Oakland for a few hours had changed my behavior. The rental cost also put a question into my mind -- how bad are the fees on a free rental day at major airport locations? 

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Airport Taxes when Not at an Airport? -- The Fee Detective makes a Stop (not a Stopover) In Denver

Denver Airport

Helping an AutoSlash user one day, we came across an abnormal scenario. A rate wasn’t coming back as expected – in fact, the rate charged by the location was about $27 more than expected. Looking at the breakdown carefully, we discovered that the renter was being charged airport taxes by a Budget neighborhood location despite a pickup (and contract signing) that was not at the Denver International Airport.

At least some renters who weren’t “airport customers” (more on that in a minute) were being charged airport fees.

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Chicago Airport Tax on Local Rentals (Finally) Ruled Unconstitutional

Allied Business Network

We all know the aphorism that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Consumers deal with the constant burden of taxes on every vehicle rental, even on award days. Some governments are more creative than others when it comes to generating new taxes. The master class in creative taxation takes the Fee Detective to Chicago, Illinois!

One who suggests the City of Chicago adores taxes would be a specialist in profound understatement. AutoSlash struggles to help renters at Chicagoland airports find great rates; one tax alone is $8 per day for all rental cars. Chicago's just about the only city where AutoSlash can currently make a paid reservation where the burden from "Fees and Taxes" ($14.74) is more than twice the cost of the car itself ($7, after a $5 per-day coupon) for a weekend rental.

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