Is Hotwire ‘making stuff up’?

Do online travel agencies make things up in order to keep your hard-earned money? That’s what Gavin Lipschitz wanted to know after he made a recent reservation through Hotwire.

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Ridiculous or not? Half the car at twice the price

What the heck is going on with car rental prices? Charlotte Drost would like to know.

“I have to pay over $600 for a week of economy rental car rate in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in July,” she says. “These are the most expensive rates I’ve ever seen — and no one would negotiate!”

Across the country and around the world, travelers are being taken aback by high car rental rates. When Charles Ruffner tried to rent a vehicle in Croatia, for example, his agency quoted him a price that was twice what he’d paid just two years before.

“The quality of the car had gone down, too,” he says. “The model had been downgraded and it had many miles on it.”
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