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You can fight - but it'll cost you

Here in the U.S., the unofficial start of summer began this past weekend. We are enjoying strong vaccination rates and many aspects of life have returned to normal.

And that means a deluge of pent-up, pandemic weary, travelers all hitting the airports and roads just get the hell out of the house.
Probably a number of us on this site will be traveling looking for matches.

I was listening to a business news radio program earlier this week. They explained that historically, most travelers book their reservations in this order: airplane tickets first, hotel second, rental car third.

This year, we are warned to take the EXACT OPPOSITE approach. Verify your rental car first. You might be shocked to see how expensive it's going to be. In some popular metro areas, the cost of your rental car could be more than that of your airline tickets.

I wondered about this, but confirmed it! I was gonna take a quick getaway to Minneapolis for a few days around the Independence Day holiday. A Hertz rental will be $786/wk. The flight there - even a business class ticket - is less than that! And the prices didn't appear to decline for dates later in the summer.

So, vaccinated Americans....travel. Enjoy yourselves. Set up matches. But recognize that depending on where you are going - it might cost you!

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Last edited on 5/31/2021 9:13 PM by osakarob
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Sparrhawk (6) 6/01/2021 2:47 AM

Lookin' good in that pic!

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TBLHockeyGeek (46 ) 6/01/2021 2:10 PM

That's why I work in the travel industry. Less then $50/night for hotels... $30/day car rentals no matter where it is.

... but yes, travel is expensive because those places are recovering from decisions they made during shutdown and the like (like rental car agencies selling off most of their rental vehicles and not finding any to buy now since travel is picking up).

It'll stabilize out... but utilize your resources.

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osakarob (17 ) 6/01/2021 4:00 PM

It's great to hear from the industry, TBLHockeyGeek. Thanks for sharing your insight and expertise.

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celtwrestle (45) 6/02/2021 3:16 PM

All worth it to secure a cradle-style pin like that in your pic.

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osakarob (17 ) 6/02/2021 4:08 PM

I spent my entire match with Celtwrestle on my back trying to fend off his incredible force. So, pretty sure the only cradle-style pin I'd get on him would be in my fantasies.

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