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RE: Warning: Car Rental Rip-offs!! Some Require €2,000 - €15,000 Deposit to Decline CDW


Geno -- That was the quote from Enterprise for a Belfast to Dublin rental.  I suppose other companies might price differently.

Christy -- As I had misstated YOUR route (since you wish to return at SNN), I attempted another Test Booking with Enterprise (BFS to SNN) and the Enterprise website now says, "No Vehicles Available".  I take that to mean that they do not allow one-way rentals to SNN.

Looking at Budget (The .com site, NOT the .ie -- so 'Waiving' CDW is an option), I found a compact manual (Renault Clio class), 16 - 22 June, for a quote of: $349.33 which INCLUDED a 'Drop off' fee of $156.72 -- which is almost EQUAL to the Rental cost.  Still, it's an improvement over the Enterprise rate . . . confuse  confuse

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Thanks, Bob... That's an option, certainly. My friend, Kim, will be traveling with me. While I've been to NI several times, she's never been. I want to show her the Antrim coast :)



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In the past couple of years, a number of US issued credit card companies have 'jumped onto the Ireland Bandwagon' -- Chase, Citibank, and even, AMEX (Although many rental companies still won't ACCEPT their coverage) have added coverage for car rentals in Ireland with not only MasterCards, but also with VISA Cards.  To ME, that's a GOOD thing!  biggrin  biggrin

It looks like another BIG change has recently occurred that ISN'T so pleasant.  furious  furious  Citi Bank has apparently decided to stop ALL of their CC provided benefits.  That's bad news for anyone who may have made a booking for a future car rental in Ireland (or anywhere, for that matter).  According to a 'Pop Up' on their account "Log In" page:

"Effective September 22, 2019, Worldwide Car Rental Insurance, Trip Cancellation & Interruption Protection, Worldwide Travel Accident Insurance, Trip Delay Protection, Baggage Delay Protection, Lost Baggage Protection, Medical Evacuation, Citi® Price Rewind, 90 Day Return Protection, and Missed Event Ticket Protection will be discontinued and will no longer be provided for purchases made on or after that date. Coverage for purchases made before that date will continue to be available, and you may continue to file for benefits in accordance with the current benefit terms. Roadside Assistance Dispatch Service and Travel & Emergency Assistance will be discontinued and will not be available on or after September 22, 2019."

The only exception to the above that I have been made aware of is the COSTCO branded Citi card.

 



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Ill have to check with my Costco Citi card to see if thats still covered and let everyone know.



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The only sure thing about car rentals in Ireland is they continually change.


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So this is new. I just got my rental through Conn's. They sent me a Rental Briefing - which contained the following, which looks like a way for them to profit off the Dynamic Currency Conversion crap. 


Please note - You can have a choice of currency to pay for your rental charges;
whether to charge your card in USD or Euros. This decision HAS TO BE MADE
at the time of pick-up. That decision will be FINAL and cannot be changed when
you turn in the car. Please double-check your choice by looking at the sentence
immediately ABOVE the place where you sign: If you elected to have the
rental charged in Euros it would read: I confirm .. and have chosen to
pay my rental charges in local currency. If you elected to have the rental
charged in the currency of your credit card it would read: I confirm ..
and have chosen to pay my rental charges in my home currency. If you
choose home currency the rental charges will be converted by Monex
Financial Services Ltd from the currency of the country of rental to the
currency in which your card is issued. Monex will use the commercial daily
rate of exchange for the day we bill the charges to your account and will
charge an administration fee of up to 2.75% of the transaction. Make sure
you advise the Hertz CSR at the counter that you wish to elect this option.



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Thanks for the update, Christy. Wouldn't it be nice to have complete transparency with car rentals? Instead they make money with hidden charges you have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out. In the process they tick off a lot of people.



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Another example of when in doubt it's always a good idea to charge in euros.

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I would say that the 'Rip Off' is via Hertz and that Conn has offered a somewhat veiled warning of it.  I guess that contractually, he can't out-and-out SAY that DCC is bad -- since Hertz is the one who profits from it .

Still, his 'warning' should probably be a bit clearer with its wording.

In that case, I'll say it for him -- "DCC is BAD -- VERY bad.  Always charge purchases in the currency of the country where the purchase takes place.  You will get the best exchange rate via your Credit Card in almost all cases.  Being charged a poor exchange rate is bad enough -- there is NO need to also pay a 3-4% 'Handling Fee' for the privilege of being Ripped Off!"   



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