Shortage Of Minivan’s For Christmas Leads To Price Rise

Hi all,

As we mentioned back at the beginning of October, a Christmas car hire surcharge is on its way and yesterday we got further confirmation as Alamo Rent A Car increased the prices for Minivans by up to $100.00 a week across the UK.

The price increase effects 7 seater minivans, 8 seater minivans and 15 seater minivans picked up between the 14/12/11 and 31/12/11, effectively the whole Christmas period. Don’t fear, if you previously took our advice and booked early your car hire USA price will not alter.

Dollar Rent A Car have issued a stop sale warnings across their Minivan fleet, basically stating they are all but sold out for the Christmas period, again if you have already booked your USA Car Rental then this will not effect you.

Budget Rent A Car issued their own peak season surcharge back in April, obviously realising the Christmas period would require handling with kid gloves. At present this places them in quite a strong Minivan position however we have still received word that they are monitoring their UK tour op fleet closely.

If you haven’t already done so, I would advise booking your Christmas Car Hire as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.



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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.



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!



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