Houston, TX Fri. Sep. 11, 2009. I just picked up a car from Thrifty for $23.96 total for a one day rental ($18.70/day). They had a sweet deal I could not refuse. I did try Hertz and Avis, but they were too pricey. They usually have an excellent weekend rate, but not this weekend.
I do prefer Avis and Hertz as they never ask me to look at the car for scratches. I think it is so silly when car companies like Thrifty asks that. Of course the car will get dinged with use. You are a car rental company that is a part of the whole deal, geez…
It is raining in Houston, so even if the car is scratched a little I could not see it as the car is wet. I only noticed scratches on the bumper. Hopefully I did not miss any.
The cost for getting to Houston-Hobby from downtown is about $25 with Super Shuttle and $45 or so with a cab. Metro Houston goes there with the #88, #73 and the #50, but the flight is at 7:35a and the journey from downtown on either of the buses is about an hour.
As I have to arrive at the airport at 6:35a, that means a bus at 5:35a, which means I have to get a bus from my house at about 5:00a, so wake up at 4:00a, so not going to happen. Checking Google maps also confirmed that there is no bus that early and says the journey time would be 1:54 so nope.