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We're planning on a 1 week visit to AK and Fairbanks later in June, then visiting family in Colorado. Both places are pretty hot for COVID right now so I'm hoping (counting on) things getting under control by the time we travel, but we're all vaccinated and my parents aren't doing particularly well so we need to take this chance to see them while we still can.

Do you need a rental car in Fairbanks? I hear they're really hard to come by right now.
 

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Yeah... we're going to fly in to Anchorage and rent there. But I just checked and the internet is telling me there are zero rental cars available. I guess we're fucked. WTF is happening? I didn't think cars could catch COVID....
 

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Fleet sales are way down right now due to supply chain disruptions, so the rental agencies pulled a bunch of their rentals at the scheduled intervals but were unable to replenish them. There are also a number of people looking to rent and drive right now as opposed to flying.
 

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@Dleg Are you in any of the rental companies' frequent renter programs? Taking National as an example, they don't show any cars available if I check their website in ANC in late June, but if I log into my account then they have some cars available. Worth a shot at signing up for their program if you're not already in it. I'll note I have elite status with National which might help. That's fairly easy to get -- I have it through work, but I can also get it from my car insurance company. I think AAA has a similar deal with Hertz.

Interestingly even though they supposedly don't have many cars, the rates aren't crazy high like the example above.

In addition to what Supe said, I suspect some rental companies sold cars to pay other bills toward the beginning of the pandemic when no one was traveling. And Alaska is extra hard hit because more people are looking at traveling there this summer because the airlines have added capacity along with great deals on airfare, plus it's not clear if there will be any Alaska cruises this year so I suspect more people are going by land instead.
 

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Fleet sales are way down right now due to supply chain disruptions, so the rental agencies pulled a bunch of their rentals at the scheduled intervals but were unable to replenish them. There are also a number of people looking to rent and drive right now as opposed to flying.
Have you looked into RV rentals?
 

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Thanks for the advice. We're carefully/tactfully checking with friends there if they have spare cars (dropping hints as in, "we were going to visit, but we can't find a rental car"), but I'm leaning 80/20 toward cancelation. I guess the world really has changed... We'll just stick with Colorado. Still have cars avaialble there, but because my parents don't want to drive any more, but want to go everywhere with us, we need a minivan and prices for those are looking like $110-120 a day, minimum. Ugh.
 

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Minivans were never cheap to rent- having gone on a few trips with them.

We recently flew and rented a car and the Enterprise employee was shocked at the rate we got- it was only $31/day from the airport (during the NFL draft). She thought I used points but I hadn't- I just logged in via my account. So I guess what I'm trying to say is try mudpuppy's tactic. (Though don't go with Enterprise because it's showing as sold out.)

If you still really want to go and need a car, Turo is an option. It's renting a car off a local. It's not always cheap but it is an option.
 

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we decided to go to Branson again. Snickette was still a toddler when we went last time. now we just need to start booking activities. The boat place we used last time for Table Rock lake isn't renting boats out anymore. I found another place in the state park marina.
 

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Travel to Little Rock for Memorial Day weekend with cat was a success! He was a very good boy. That means car trip to NY from IN is in the books! Leaving 6/25 and returning on 7/10. Planning on staying at an animal-friendly hotel on the way over since I really can't drive long distances by myself anymore.
 

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we decided to go to Branson again. Snickette was still a toddler when we went last time. now we just need to start booking activities. The boat place we used last time for Table Rock lake isn't renting boats out anymore. I found another place in the state park marina.

So are you going to Silver Dollar City?
 

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My family trip is all lined up. This will be the most expensive trip I have ever taken. Renting a minivan for 23 days in Colorado is costing us about $3600. Then we have hotel expenses and meals because my parents can't have us in their house anymore - probably about the same or more than the minivan. At least that frees us up for doing other stuff, so I have a 6 day side trip throughout the mountains all planned out now with reservations. If I'm going to go into debt for this vacation, we might as well have some fun.
 
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