Back in February, I wrote about the rental car companies’ sales to get their vehicles back from Florida to the northeast for the Spring/Summer/Fall season. They weren’t particularly good in comparison to the previous year ($24.95, as opposed to $9.95 in 2018), but who knows what’s going through corporates’ minds when they start sales.
Welp, apparently some other car rental companies jumped on the bandwagon because NOW the “good sales” are going on. Take a look:
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One really cool about living in Central Florida is that you can sometimes take advantage of what Orlando-area theme parks have to offer. Case in point: Joe and I have been Universal Orlando annual passholders since around 2009 or so. Besides the fact that we can go to the parks pretty much whenever we want, we also occasionally have some access to some benefits and experiences that people who are “just visiting” might not get. One of those opportunities is potentially being able to throw beads from one of the floats at Universal Studios Florida’s (USF) Mardi Gras parade.
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The Tiki culture (the theme used in Polynesian-style restaurants, clubs and bars) in the United States started in the 1930s, increased after World War II (when solders would return from the South Pacific) and hit its peak in the late 1950s, around the time that Hawaii became the 50th state. Riding on that wave (do you see what I did there? ☺), the Mai-Kai, a Polynesian-themed restaurant, bar and, a few years later, live Polynesian Islander Revue, opened in Fort Lauderdale in late 1956 and has been feeding and entertaining guests ever since. An OpenTable winner in 2014 and voted Best Tiki Bar in the World by Critiki in 2015 and 2016 (and second best in 2017) (because, let’s face it…they would know, right?), it is, as per Wikipedia, the last restaurant/bar in existence carrying on the traditions of service and serving the original drink recipes of Don the Beachcomber (the very first tiki bar, which opened in Hollywood in 1937), and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And yet I, a lover of all things kitschy, Polynesian/Hawaiian and off-the-beaten-path, somehow had never heard of it, never mind never been to it???
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Downton Abbey’s final episode was broadcast on Christmas Day of 2015, but that hasn’t stopped its millions of fans (including one Queen Elizabeth, who reportedly used to like to spot historical mistakes in the show) from scarfing up, “all things D.A.” So when a new Downton Abbey event was announced in the U.S., thousands of people checked their calendars….and we got to interview two people who went to the event!
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Just like clockwork, every autumn, migrations to Florida and Arizona happen. Except it’s not snowbirds, or even real birds.
It’s rental cars.
While it’s cold in much of the rest of the country, it stays toasty warm in Florida and Arizona, so, of course, a lot of people flock to those states during the winter months. Lots of those tourists will want to rent cars, so instead of bringing them here by the truckload, the car rental companies make it financially lucrative for customers to drive their cars from up north to select cities in the Sunshine State and the Grand Canyon State.
And the time of the year that they do this is now.
Continue reading “‘Tis The Season For Super Cheap One-Way Car Rentals – Prices Start As Low As $7.99/Day!”