Houston is #1 in rental car sticker shock

The disparity between the base rate for a rental car and the final bill is higher at Bush Intercontinental than at any other airport:

Rental car customers experience more severe sticker shock at Bush Intercontinental Airport than any other airport in the country when it comes to the final bill, according to a study released Tuesday.

A study conducted by online travel agent Travelocity.com found that the difference between the base rate and the actual price paid by car renters at the Houston airport is 66.1 percent -- the highest discrepancy in the country.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport swept in second behind Houston, Austin Bergstrom International Airport flew in at fourth, and San Antonio International Airport landed at sixth on the list of top 10 airports with the largest difference in price between daily rental car base rates and the total amount due at airport locations.

Other cities in highly taxed states like California and New York include taxes in their base rates, which study administrators say kept them off the list.

That last paragraph is interesting. So, either Houston needs to change its base rate (it actually sounds deceptive to have a big difference like that), or else it will stay atop the discrepancy list. I hope all those tax dollars are being put to good use.

Posted by Anne Linehan @ 03/29/05 04:52 PM | Print |

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