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Old 05-31-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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You are right, I do not travel much. But I do work in the travel industry. An economy car at $29.99/day works out to $46.58 with taxes and fees. So a one week rental has $116.13 of taxes and fees asociated with it. The Concession Fee was to pay for the construction of the Alamo Dome. It was to expire once construction was completed. That was about 20 years ago and car rental companies are still collecting this fee thanks to our city council. I dont's agree with how our elected officials continue to asses taxes and fees once the original purpose of the tax or fee has been fulfilled.
Most cities (if not al) where I've traveled have pretty high "concesion fees" which in many cases double the cost of renting a car. Do you have a way to check what it is in other places where you company has offices? An analysis of how San Antonio stacks up vs. other cities would be very interesting.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Of the $72, how much is airport related and how much is city, facility and state taxes? I think a cab ride to an off site location would be $10-15 each way. The off premise facility, of course, would not charge an airport fee; i am not sure of the facility tax.

Are you coming to visit or meet someone in SA? If the later, have that person rent the vehicle. The airport tax does not apply to a local resident.
We rented a car from the airport (cheaper for some reason to rent it there) ... and even when we showed our driver's license, we still paid the fees.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Get on priceline.com, make a bid for the time you want the car. for a few days you should be able to get one at about half that price. I've rented in Las Vegas, and NYC on Priceline, bid, and got several days, including weekends unlimited mileage for 99 week, total.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Just did Advantage for six days, $123, Oct. 1 thru Oct. 6
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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I am local and have had occasion to rent a car maybe 6 times this year. I am always charged all the "tourist" charges.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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An economy car at $29.99/day works out to $46.58 with taxes and fees. So a one week rental has $116.13 of taxes and fees asociated with it.
Sounds about right for every rental car I've had in the past few years, plus or minus a few dollars. My last one was $110 for the car, $95 for the fees. In fact, I've never rented a car where the fees weren't at least 40% of the total.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Quite the interesting conversation. All in All I think it's going to end up being a moot point. I think we will just spend the 22 Hrs on the road and drive down. In the long run, I figured we would save about $1000 and I like that much better.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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Hertz on Demand, has cars that are near the airport and downtown.

They charge a daily rate, which includes gas. Plus they usually run specials, for multiple days, so I would check with them.
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The Concession Fee was to pay for the construction of the Alamo Dome. It was to expire once construction was completed. That was about 20 years ago and car rental companies are still collecting this fee thanks to our city council. I dont's agree with how our elected officials continue to asses taxes and fees once the original purpose of the tax or fee has been fulfilled.
The Concession Fee is just that-- the fee the airport charges to allow the car rental company to operate at the airport. They're allowed to pass that on to consumers. I'll have to double-check, but I'm pretty sure that the Alamodome tax was separate from the Consession Fee.

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We rented a car from the airport (cheaper for some reason to rent it there) ... and even when we showed our driver's license, we still paid the fees.
A lot of them still don't realize they're supposed to waive it for residents. You have to stand your ground and insist, even if it means contacting the airport administration.

Here's a story WOAI did on it recently:
San Antonio residents exempt from some rental car fees|WOAI: San Antonio News
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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An analysis of how San Antonio stacks up vs. other cities would be very interesting.
How about this:
http://www.conventioncentertaskforce....%20Cities.pdf
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