Special Offer – Free Florida Car Hire Upgrade (offer expired)

Hi all,

We have a great limited time only special offer. For bookings made by 20th of jeeplibertySeptember for collection in Florida between the 13/09/10 – 14/12/10, 01/01/11 – 14/12/11 and amazingly 01/01/12 until the 31/03/12 we can offer you this free upgrade.*

Book any Intermediate car (2 or 4 door) with Dollar Rent A Car in Florida and get a free upgrade to the Intermediate Sports Utility vehicle !

The vehicle will still have our high level of insurance and customer can still secure the rental by leaving a £50.00 deposit.

The vehicles are still subject to availability as per our terms and conditions and only applies to new bookings, so don’t delay take advantage of this year’s hottest upgrade deal.

Kind regards,

James

 Florida car hire

Universal Orlando and usrentacar Strike Up Partnership

Hi all,

I’m delighted to report that after months of negotiations and meetingsuniversal usrentacar.co.uk has struck a deal with Universal Orlando to officially sell its 2-Park Bonus Tickets and 3-Park bonus ticket.

Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida welcomed more than 9 million visitors through their gates in 2009 and the new lure of the young Wizard will defintely  increase these figures.

Prices and Whats Included

2-Park Bonus Ticket – Adult: £84.00 Child (3-9): £78.00

3-Park Bonus Ticket – Adult: £100.00 Child (3-9): £95.00

  • Real Tickets NOT Vouchers
  • Free Posting
  • NO credit card charges

How to Book?

You can either book online at the same time you are making your car hire booking or alternatively you can call our reservations department on  0845 226 8523 and our reservation staff will happily book them up for you.

We are extremely excited about being able to offer these great Attraction Tickets.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

James

 Florida car hire

How To Plan A Car Hire USA Road Trip

Hi all,

Ever fancied doing a road trip in the U.S.? Yeah me too… here is usrentacar.co.uk ‘s guide to planning the perfect car hire USA road trip.roadtrip

  1. Plan ahead. This is a road trip, and will involve some cost. However, you can make it as cheap or as expensive as you like, depending on accommodations, food, etc. Research the locations you are going to ahead of time you will be glad you did.
  2. Hire an appropriate vehicle you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this vehicle so make sure you pick something comfy and that can carry all your luggage.
  3. One Way Rental Costs remember to budget for the additional cost of picking up a vehicle in one location and dropping at another, Orlando to San Francisco for instance could add another $500 to your hire costs.
  4. Make a list of about 10-15 places you want to visit. It’s easier if you make the list so that you stop in places that connect. You will also get a keen feeling if you are being over ambitious or not, the USA is a big place and travelling does take up time.
  5. Decide exactly where you’re going to be and also how long you’re going to stay there. (i.e. Orlando, Florida 3days)
  6. Make sure you and your travel companions can all get time off – it sometimes helps to book a few extra days off at the end to recover, travelling is tiring.
  7. Go online to usrentacar and take advantage of our trip planning section 
  8. Accommodation shop around for hotel details and use sites like bargain villas for great rates on privately owned holiday homes.
  9. Hire A Sat Nav although part of the fun of a road trip is getting lost, America is a big place and having a Sat Nav is a nice safety blanket.
  10. Maps if you’re going to use maps, print a few copies off.

I’m sure I’ve probably forgotten something, if I have, please feel free to comment below.

For those of you starting a road trip, have fun and enjoy the experience.

Kind regards,

James

 car hire USA

Which Minivans Are Our Customers Collecting?

Hi all,

Continuing the series showing which vehicles our customers are collecting, I decided to take a look at the people carriers (minivans). From my research, it appears that this category doesn’t have the same depth of product as the convertibles and the sports utility vehicles do.

Mr S Taylor picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr J Hampton picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr J Sterling picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Sanford International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr S Brown picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 30/06/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Dr N Reid picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Boston International Airport on the 28/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

 

Mr M Keeble picked up a 12 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 24/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr S Mitra picked up a 12 Seater minivan from San Francisco International Airport on the 26/07/10 from Dollar Rent A Car.

Mr S Hearn picked up a 12 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 01/08/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Ford E-350

Ford E-350

 

Mr M Carroll picked up a 8 Seater minivan from Miami International Airport on the 25/07/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr S McGoven picked up a 8 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 03/08/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr N Glendinning picked up a 8 Seater minivan from Sanford International Airport on the 15/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

 

Mrs E Hewitt picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Cape Canaveral on the 18/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car and got this.

Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

 

Mr G Williams picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Tampa International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Alamo Rent A Car and got this.

Dodge Ram Van

Dodge Ram Van

 

Have we missed any makes and models that you have hired?

Is there a category you’d like me to look in to?

regards,

James,

usrentacar.co.uk

 car hire USA

Which Convertibles Are Our Customers Collecting?

Hi all,

In response to a comment made by Jane on a previous blog, I have been through our customer reviews to see what Convertibles our customers are collecting. The list is surprisingly short.

Mr S Carey collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 29/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr A Johnson collected a Convertible from Miami International Airport on the 19/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr C Reid collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 03/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr D MacDonald collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 06/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Ms K Sandler collected a Convertible from Sanford International Airport on the 01/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr S Brown collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 02/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr D Bellemy collected a Convertible from Washington Dulles Airport on the 27/06/10 from Dollar Rent A Car.

Mr M Ayres collected a Convertible from Washington Dulles Airport on the 25/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr C Campbell collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 24/06/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr P Womack collected a Convertible from Fort Lauderdale Airport on the 14/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

They all got this

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

 

Mr M Meadows collected a Convertible from Tampa International Airport on the 26/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr S Hutt  collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 10/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr K Wakefield collected a Convertible from Miami International Airport on the 12/05/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr T Bannan collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 24/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr G Roberts collected a Convertible from San Francisco O’Farrell Street on the 18/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr P Stananought collected a Convertible from San Francisco International Airport on the 27/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Chrysler Sebring

Chrysler Sebring

 

Dr R Lucio collected a Convertible from Fishermans Wharf,  San Francisco  on the 07/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car and got this.

PT Cruiser

PT Cruiser

Mr J Wood collected a Convertible from Miami International Airport on the 25/06/10 from Alamo Rent A Car and got this.

Mitsubshi Spyder

Mitsubshi Spyder

 

Mr G Maxwell collected a Convertible from Orlando International Airport on the 25/06/10 from Budget Rent A Car and got this.

Lincoln MK2

Lincoln MK2

 

Having previously picked up a Mustang from Budget at Orlando International Airport, my eye is now on the Lincoln MK2, although I suspect this is an upgrade from the usual convertible.

Which convertible would you fancy?

Have you hired any of the above, what were your thoughts?

regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car

 car hire USA

Which Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV’s) Are Our Customers Collecting?

Hi all,

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about what vehicles were being collected by our customers, this blog proved to be very successful and led to a couple of requests. 

Today’s blog will fulfil one of those requests by showing what SUV’s (sport utility vehicles) our customers are collecting at the moment. Remember we are never able to guarantee make or model of our vehicles.

Mr C Mullarkey picked up a standard size sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Miami Airport and got this

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

 

Mr W Viant collected a 7 seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Manhatten East 43rd Street and got this.

Ford Explorer 2010

Ford Explorer 2010

Mr L Neighbour picked up a 7 seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Orlando International Airport and got this.

Ford Expedition 2010

Ford Expedition 2010

Mr J Flanagan picked up an intermediate sports utility vehicle with our supplier Dollar Rent A Car from Phoenix International Airport and got this.

Ford Escape

Ford Escape

Mrs C Higgins picked up a standard sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Sanford International Airport and got this.

Ford Edge

Ford Edge

Mr M Speak picked up a soft top sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Miami South Beach and got this.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Mr D Hannah picked up an  8 Seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Orlando International Airport and got this.

Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe

Mr M Ali picked up a 7 seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Sanford Airport and got this.

Jeep Commander

Jeep Commander

Mr B Amor picked up an Intermediate sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Orlando International Airport and got this.

Jeep Liberty

Jeep Liberty

Mr P Brewin picked up an Intermediate sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Sanford International Airport and got this.

Jeep Patriot

Jeep Patriot

I hope you find this blog helpful.

Is there a category of vehicles you’d like me to look in to?

Have you hired recently and got something similar?

Regards,

James,

usrentacar.co.uk

 car hire USA

Latest Car Hire Makes and Models Being Collected

Hi all,

One of the more frustrating parts of car rental is not being able to guarantee make or model of the vehicles we hire, due to the massive turn around of autos its impossible to incorporate.

So I thought I’d give you an idea of what our customers have recently been collecting.

Mr Neil Maitland booked a Full size vehicle with Budget Rent A Car for collection on the 18/07/10 and received this.

Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala

Mr Gary Booth rented an Intermediate vehicle from Budget Rent A Car at Sanford Airport and got this.
Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu

Ms Lisa Arbeiter rented an Economy Vehicle from Dollar Rent A Car collecting from Washington Dulles on the 09/07/10 and got this.
Chevy Cobalt

Chevy Cobalt

Mr John Bruce rented an Intermediate from Alamo Rent A Car at Boston Airport on the 19/07/10 and got this.
Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

 

Mrs Shirley Blackwood hired a compact from Budget Rent A Car at Orlando International Airport on the 26/06/10 upgraded and got this.

Dodge Nitro SUV

Dodge Nitro SUV

Mr Brian Stewart rented a 7 seater full size SUV from Sanford Airport on the 17/07/10 with Budget Rent A Car and got this.
Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Mr Andrew Johnson rented a Converible from Miami International Airport on the 19/07/10 with Budget Rent A Car and got this. (Jealous)
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

I’m very jealous of the Ford Mustang and also fancy a go on the Dodge Nitro SUV!
Is there a vehicle category with a supplier you’d like me to investigate and see what people are getting at the moment? If so just comment below.
Regards,
James,
U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

 car hire USA

My Orlando Balloon Ride Pictures

Hi all,

It was nearly 5am when we set off to be Richard Branson for a couple of hours. I was really tired, a bit cold and wondering if this was the stupidest thing I’d ever done.

We drove away from International drive for about 30 mins in a large 8 seater minivan. The driver informed us that the launch site was an old hippy camp and the owner loved hot air balloons and let them launch from there for free.

balloon1We got stuck in straight away and started to help put up the balloon, part of the experience was getting your hands dirt and mucking in.

balloon2There were 2 other balloons due to fly that morning and I think due to my help we were the last to actually set up!!

balloon3The heat from the burner was incredible and I’m pretty sure I lost an eyebrow.

balloon4We set off a little after 8am, slightly later than usual.

balloon5

balloon6

Not a view for someone who is scared of heights. The feeling of being very high up in a balloon is something I would highly recommend.

balloon7The views were breath taking.

Our landing on the other hand was something to be desired, we “crash landed” in an orange tree field and had to wait to be rescued, while holding down a very heavy hot air balloon!

Regards,

Simon,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

 car hire in Orlando

Golf Courses In Miami, Orlando And Tampa, Florida

Hi all,

With the open in full swing I thought it was appropriate to blog about the golf courses available in Florida.

I found some great information on espn detailing golf courses around the USA below are a list of the top 10′s in Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

Miami

1. Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
6700 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL (7.6 miles from City)
305-361-9120
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

2. Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (South)
19999 W. Country Club Dr. Aventura, FL (15.4 miles from City)
305-933-6929, http://www.turnberryisle.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

3. Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Blue)
4400 N.W. 87th Ave. Miami, FL (8.4 miles from City)
305-592-2000, http://www.doralresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

4. Don Shula’s Golf Club
7601 Miami Lakes Dr. Miami Lakes, FL (9.9 miles from City)
305-820-8106, http://www.donshula.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

5. Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (North)
19999 W. Country Club Dr. Aventura, FL (15.4 miles from City)
305-933-6929, http://www.turnberryisle.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

6. Jacaranda Golf Club (West)
9200 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, FL (23.9 miles from City)
954-472-5836, http://www.scratch-golf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

7. Colony West Country Club (Championship)
6800 N.W. 88th Ave. Tamarac, FL (30.8 miles from City)
954-726-8430
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

8. Carolina Club
3011 Rock Island Rd. Margate, FL (33.8 miles from City)
954-753-4000, http://www.carolinagolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

9. TPC at Heron Bay
11801 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL (37.1 miles from City)
954-796-2000, http://www.pgatour.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

10. Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Gold)
4400 N.W. 87th Ave. Miami, FL (8.4 miles from City)
305-592-2000, http://www.doralresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 3.5 Stars

Orlando

1. Walt Disney World Resort (Osprey Ridge)
3451 Golf View Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL (3.0 miles from City)
407-939-4653, http://www.disney.go.com/disneyworld
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

2. Walt Disney World Resort (Eagle Pines)
3451 Golf View Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL (3.0 miles from City)
407-939-4653, http://www.disney.go.com/disneyworld
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

3. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Challenger/Champion)
9000 Bay Hill Blvd. Orlando, FL (9.1 miles from City)
407-876-2429, http://www.bayhill.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

4. Eagle Creek Golf Club
10350 Emerson Lake Blvd. Orlando, FL (13.1 miles from City)
407-273-4653
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

5. The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes
1700 Alaqua Lakes Blvd. Longwood, FL (13.7 miles from City)
407-444-9995, http://www.legacyclubgolf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

6. Grand Cypress Golf Club (North/South)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

7. Grand Cypress Golf Club (New)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

8. Grand Cypress Golf Club (North/East)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

9. Grand Cypress Golf Club (South/East)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

10. Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge (Crooked Cat)
16301 Phil Ritson Way Winter Garden, FL (15.5 miles from City)
407-656-2626, http://www.ocngolf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tampa

1. The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort (Copperhead)
36750 Hwy. 19 N. Palm Harbor, FL (17.4 miles from City)
727-942-2000, http://www.westin-innisbrook.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

2. The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort (Island)
36750 Hwy. 19 N. Palm Harbor, FL (17.4 miles from City)
727-942-2000, http://www.westin-innisbrook.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

3. Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club (South)
12900 Lake Jovita Blvd. Dade City, FL (30.7 miles from City)
352-588-9200, http://www.lakejovita.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

4. Hernando Oaks Golf Club
5230 Delacroix Drive Brooksville, FL (32.9 miles from City)
352-799-9908, http://www.hernandooaksgolf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

5. The Club at Eaglebrooke
1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd. Lakeland, FL (33.5 miles from City)
863-701-0101, http://www.eaglebrooke.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

6. Legacy Golf Course at Lakewood Ranch
8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, FL (37.3 miles from City)
941-907-7067, http://www.legacygolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

7. Oak Ford Golf Club (Myrtle/Palms)
1552 Palm View Rd. Sarasota, FL (44.2 miles from City)
941-371-3680, http://www.oakfordgolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

8. Oak Ford Golf Club (Palms/Live Oak)
1552 Palm View Rd. Sarasota, FL (44.2 miles from City)
941-371-3680, http://www.oakfordgolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

9. Saddlebrook Resort (Palmer)
5700 Saddlebrook Way Wesley Chapel, FL (17.7 miles from City)
813-973-1111, http://www.saddlebrookresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

10. Saddlebrook Resort (Saddlebrook)
5700 Saddlebrook Way Wesley Chapel, FL (17.7 miles from City)
813-973-1111, http://www.saddlebrookresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

Have you played any of these courses?

Would you recommend any others?

Regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Alamo Issue Availability Warning For Florida

Hi guys,

Just a quick heads up, just received a call about Alamo Rent A Car warning us that 7 Seaters, 8 Seaters and 15str Minivans for July and August are close to going on stop sale.

Stop sale is car hire terminology that basically mean’s the supplier has rented out all of those specific vehicles.

Reasons for the stop sale can only be speculated about perhaps the  popularity of Harry Potter at Universal is one reason.

On a plus note at present Budget Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car have stated that their fleet utilisation is running to plan and they have no intention of issuing stop sales.

7 seater minivans and 8 seater minivan can be rented by visiting usrentacar.co.uk.

Kind regards,

James Thomas,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk


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