Car Rental Options to Save Money
Some notable cost saving options for car rentals are the www.Hotwire.com and www.Priceline.com websites. At these websites options are available where you pay in advance and obtain a non-refundable reservation at a major car rental company located at the airport. The identity of the car rental company is not revealed to you until after you pay for the reservation. The Hotwire.com and Priceline.com systems can sometimes save you quite a bit of money on your car rental, but you are in a non-refundable situation once you book.
Something we frequently recommend to guests is shopping well in advance of their trip dates for the best price they can find on a regular fully cancellable car rental reservation made directly with the major companies, and then as the date of their trip approaches checking into Hotwire.com and Priceline.com to see if a significant amount of money can be saved by making a non-refundable reservation through their systems.
Car Rentals at Lihue Airport
All major car rental companies are represented on Kauai. Alamo and Budget have the largest fleets on Kauai and often have the lowest car rental rates, but prices for all the car rental companies fluctuate. Call or visit the websites of each company and don't be afraid to ask for discounts. Sometimes you can get a better deal by calling the local number on Kauai than by dealing with the parent company's reservation system. Members of AAA auto club or even Costco often get better deals.
Don't be fooled if you're told by the main offices that the rental companies close at 9:00 P.M. If your flight is due to arrive on Kauai at 9:30 P.M. all the rental companies will stay open waiting for you. This is just another reason to call the local Lihue number when making your reservation.
Make your car rental reservation early. During busy times and high season, cars can get scarce. Once you find the best deal available, get a confirmation number and write it down. Be sure to have this confirmation number with you when you get off the plane (don't pack it in luggage which might be delayed).
To pick up your car, proceed from the baggage claim area to the car rental booths across the street from the terminal. They will direct or shuttle you from there to where you can pick up your rental car.
Car Rental Company Lihue Airport Number Toll Free Number Alamo Car Rentals (808) 246-0645 1-800-327-9633 Avis Car Rentals (808) 245-3512 1-800-831-8000 Budget Car Rentals (808) 245-1901 1-800-527-7000 Dollar Car Rentals (808) 245-3651 1-800-800-4000 Hertz Car Rentals (808) 245-3356 1-800-654-3131 National Car Rentals (808) 245-5636 1-800-227-7368 Thrifty Car Rentals (808) 246-6252 1-800-847-4389
Renting a car in Lihue and driving to your destination is the best way to get around on Kauai. Limited taxi service is available but not practical for sight seeing, buying groceries, visiting beaches, etc.
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