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Question about renting a car

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Portland, Oregon
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Question about renting a car

We have a great rate reserved on a car rental through Alamo. The only problem I see is that our flight is scheduled to arrive at 9:49pm (Aug 3rd) & Alalmo lists their hours through 10:30pm. There might be enough time for one of us to rush to the shuttle & get there just in time, but it's going to be close even if the flight is exactly on time, we get off the plane quickly, etc. And yes, we listed our flight # with our reservation. Will they wait for us, particularly if the flight is delayed? Are there any other car rental agencies that are open later? Worse case I guess we could take a taxi to our condo (in Maalaea) & figure out the rental the next day, would they still honor our reservation from the night before in the morning?

Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: Question about renting a car

The car rental companies actually stay open until the last reservation they have, flight comes in. In other words, yes, they will wait for you. The rental lots are just a few minutes away from the terminal by shuttle.

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2. Re: Question about renting a car

The rental agencies are used to late flights. They'll be there for you.

Do NOT, however, presume that your reservation would be good the following day.

BTW, if you aren't happy with the car you get that evening, say so. We always reserve a subcompact, but are sometimes forced to take a larger car because that's all that is available on a late arrival. There's no additional charge, but it's not what we want. We've always been able to make an exchange within a day or two.

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3. Re: Question about renting a car

Worry not....as others have pointed out...the agencies all stay open until the last plane arrives no matter how late.

Good you entered your flight info on the reservation.

We once witnessed the agencies closing at 10:30 p.m......only to re-open at 0330 to meet a significantly delayed (mechanical issues)plane from the Mainland.

The majority of passengers are renting a vehicle......this is business no one wants to lose.

If, for whatever reason...you miss a connection or your flight is cancelled and not coming in that night.....do call the agencies to let them know your new flights. They will,usually honor your pricing in that case.

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