Some travel deals predictably occur around the same time each year.
One is Cunard’s transatlantic crossing starting at $999 (per person). I remember this deal being offered since the early 1990s. McCool Travel Tip: Interestingly, even though Cunard advertises rates starting at $999, they are currently selling cabins for $849 (per person).
Every winter, rental car companies need extra cars in Florida. In fact, National Car Rental currently is renting cars from NYC to Florida for $40 a day ($50 for mini vans).
Subsequently, every spring, rental car companies disperse the cars from Florida to East coast destinations. While I have seen rates as low as $1 a day, I usually pay $5 a day to $100 a week.
For that low rate, I pick up a rental car from a Florida location (usually Ft. Lauderdale or Orlando) and return it to a location near my house in Northern Virginia. McCool Travel power user tip: I have even returned a one-way rental to a local (non-airport) location.
To get to Florida, I buy an inexpensive one-way flight.
I have participated in this program a few times and look forward to doing it each spring. The one-way deals are usually valid from late March through mid June.
Although the rental car companies have not yet announced their Florida one-way drive-out programs, news should be arriving soon.
Bonus: I am even able to use other discount programs with these great deals. For instance, with Hertz, I get a 15% discount with my AAA membership. With National, I can select any available car from their inventory.
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