Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Rental Cars on HSF can be Costly"


Rental Cars on the Hawaii Superferry can be Costly
June 2nd, 2008

...You make those arrangements with the rental car company, not the Superferry, and there are no differences in the Superferry rates between rented and privately-owned cars. With the charges we discuss here it probably doesn’t make sense to use the ferry for a rental car unless you plan on taking it round trip. If you take it to another island and leave it there, be prepared for a hefty drop-off charge tacked on by the rental car company.

Beware the Drop-off Charges

If you plan to rent a car on either island, take it to the other island and leave it there, be prepared for a hefty drop-off charge tacked on by the rental car company.

Dollar rental car requires an additional addendum allowing you to take the rental car off the island attached to your rental contract. If you want to pick up your car on either island and drop it off on the other, the current charge is $405.

Alamo rental car requires no additional paperwork for the Superferry. You will be charged a drop-off fee of about $400 in addition to the normal rental rate if you rent your car on Oahu and drop it off on Maui or rent it on Maui and drop it off in Waikiki, or a fee of as much as $500 if you rent the car on Maui and drop it off at the airport in Honolulu.

Hertz charges about $200 for a drop-off on either island, subject to promotional discounts or holiday rates...

*Additional taxes and fees apply. Fuel surcharges waived for these summer promotional fares. Promotional fares not applicable for travel dates July 3 (2nd sailing if available) & 4-6, August 14 (2nd sailing if available) & 15-17, August 29-31, September 1. Fares for these dates are $59 one-way per adult passenger, $49 one-way for children, retired military and seniors, $75 one-way per passenger vehicle and $45 one-way for motorcycles...

4 Comments Add your own
1. Tara June 2nd, 2008 at 8:08 pm
Wow! That’s a big fee. It definitely makes more sense to rent separate cars on each island.

2. Pua June 3rd, 2008 at 2:35 pm
Thanks Bruce for this informative article on exorbitant drop-off charges when using the super-ferry with rental car. Hawaii visitors should know this before they are making plans., which they‘d have to revise because of unacceptable costs. I will let our Best Hawaii Vacation blog visitors know and tell them to find all the appropriate information on your blog.

3. admin June 3rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Mahalo Pua, it’s crazy eh? Better to just rent a car on each Island, no need to bring on Superferry

4. Mauibrad June 4th, 2008 at 10:42 pm
Ho!, $400 to $500, rental car drop off fee at different island, wowie zowie, nice work Bruce.

Aloha, Brad

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