My travel bugaboo: I hate car rental taxes, which can verge onto 40 percent of the rental cost sometimes. Does anyone rent in town, and does it make a significant difference, cost-wise? I've noticed there are two airport taxes -- a facilities concession fee which is $4.50 per day, and an 11.11 percent "airport fee" also called an "access fee." (Then, of course, the regular sales tax, county tax, are applied on top of that, which I don't mind paying, and sometimes the amorphous "surcharges").
1. Can I avoid these airport taxes if I get my relatives to pick me up at the airport and deposit me at an in-town, off-airport location?
2. If I go that route, are there other taxes I'm unaware of that would negate that?
3. What local, in-town companies would you recommend? These need not be national chains; I like to support local businesses wherever I go.