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I just wanted to let you all know about a super cheap way i've found to travel around california! I've just travelled from Los Angeles to Monterey and Monterey to San Francisco using this great deal!

Go to Holidayautos.co.uk through quidco. (£10 quidco, high tracking rate). Now you select a car hire from whichever city you want to start in to whichever you want to end in. Select to pick up the car 1 day and drop it off the next either at the same time of day, or earlier, as long as it is 24hrs or less). Price will be £17 for the 24hr hire.

Now, here's the neat part - select the 'MAX' option on the insurance part. for £4 Not only does this give you better insurance, but it gives you a FULL TANK OF FUEL FREE! For £4! They give it to you full, you return it empty!

I drove LA to Monterey on about 3/4 of a tank - 350miles. To tank up in the US will cost around $60 (£30), but you wont need to do this.

This is such a great deal that the person at the pickup desk couldn't believe it and had to call headoffice to check it was right - it was!

So, LA to San Fran can be done on 1 tank. Grey Hound =£50 , flight = £150, rent a car and see the amazing highway 1 coast ~£12.50!

Any questions about this, just give me a message. I've just done the route, it's fantastic!

p.s. car hire must be in the same state - if you pick up in 1 and drop off in another, you will get charged $199 one-way charge.
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#1
why a free tank of petrol for the max insurance i dont get it. Why would they do that??
#2
The free petrol sounds like a great way of losing money for them !!

But I agree with the op - highway 1 is spectacular especially the big sur - did 21 days on a Harley a few years ago awesome experience.

Monterey is really nice and San Diego & San Francisco are great - but LA freeways - mad - but fun on a bike !!

I used hotels.com to book ahead everyday, never had a problem with my reservations
and rooms are always good.
Got 4 nights Las Vegas in Terribles Casino just off the strip for $14 a night.
Great base to see the desert/dam/route66/grand canyon.

If you ever hire a bike out there be warned - big desert & small petrol tank dont mix.

hot deal.
#3
hollypinder
why a free tank of petrol for the max insurance i dont get it. Why would they do that??


No idea. Like I said, even the clark in the hire place couldn't believe it. Apparently the only way to get it is to book through holiday autos. And like I said, i've done it twice (i'm in San Fran right now!) and it worked both times, pick up full, drop off empty, no charge!
banned#4
wrong site mate. This is hotUKdeals!
#5
csiman
wrong site mate. This is hotUKdeals!


A very odd comment here. HotUKDeals are deals available to people in the UK! They can be in the states too, of course.
#6
Seems like a good price. Going california (san diego) in February but something scares me about driving abroad! Never driven on the other side of the road and would probably just be weird. Any advice? Can you pick driving on the wrong side of the road up easily?!

I know.. sounds stupid
#7
SimbaK2K
Seems like a good price. Going california (san diego) in February but something scares me about driving abroad! Never driven on the other side of the road and would probably just be weird. Any advice? Can you pick driving on the wrong side of the road up easily?!

I know.. sounds stupid


I went round California for 3 weeks this summer and drove for the first time on the wrong side. It's suprisingly easy to pick up mainly because everything on the car is also on the opposite side unlike if you took your car to France.

Very hot deal, my car hire cost me a bomb because I'm under 25, stupid American surcharges!
#8
Great deal, and yes, people from UK have been known to go to California. This definitely belongs on here. Very hot.
banned#9
mrcoxexcel;2721426
A very odd comment here. HotUKDeals are deals available to people in the UK! They can be in the states too, of course.

So we should all be posting worldwide deals now just in case someone is in the country where the deal is? :roll:
#10
SimbaK2K
Seems like a good price. Going california (san diego) in February but something scares me about driving abroad! Never driven on the other side of the road and would probably just be weird. Any advice? Can you pick driving on the wrong side of the road up easily?!

I know.. sounds stupid


Very easy...All cars are automatic , no roundabouts to confuse you and plenty of signage.
#11
If you're going up the Highway 1 (better down as you're on the costal side) then DO NOT MISS the Madonna Inn Hotel about half way between LA and San Francisco... The most fun (and kitsch) hotel I have ever been to!

http://www.madonnainn.com/

Have a look through the 109 unique rooms - The Caveman Room is a particular favourite:

http://www.madonnainn.com/tour/137.asp
#12
csiman
So we should all be posting worldwide deals now just in case someone is in the country where the deal is? :roll:


What's all the fuss about? If you think it's cold then vote.
There are no rules on this site about not posting deals outside the UK.
I don't see any mods removing it either.
banned#13
backtothecaves;2721686
What's all the fuss about? If you think it's cold then vote.
There are no rules on this site about not posting deals outside the UK.
I don't see any mods removing it either.

I think the clue is in the web url :whistling:
#14
csiman
I think the clue is in the web url :whistling:


If that were the case, no holiday related posts would be here at all. There is a travel catagory and I'm pretty certain this would be covered in it!

Thanks for the advice, will have a think. Driving a car certainly seems more convient
#15
SimbaK2K
If that were the case, no holiday related posts would be here at all. There is a travel catagory and I'm pretty certain this would be covered in it!

Thanks for the advice, will have a think. Driving a car certainly seems more convient


Even if only one person found this deal useful (and there is one here), then it was worth listing.
1 Like #16
csiman
I think the clue is in the web url :whistling:


this post is clearly to benefit people going on holiday to California, not people who live there.

you sound very much like somebody who doesn't go on 'foreign holidays' and resents those who do. I'm not saying you don't travel, just that when you type, your words smell of Butlins.
5 Likes #17
csiman
wrong site mate. This is hotUKdeals!


Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...
#18
Planning on doing this for my honeymoon in a month, on a budget and thought my £180 for 2 weeks with a Hyundai from Expedia was a good deal, but this will work much better after fuel.

Awesome deal, also looking for hotels en route to SF near Monteray Aquarium so the Madonna hotel looks interesting, though who could sleep in this?!

http://www.madonnainn.com/images/174.jpg
1 Like #19
webmong
Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...


Repped! :)
#20
SimbaK2K
Seems like a good price. Going california (san diego) in February but something scares me about driving abroad! Never driven on the other side of the road and would probably just be weird. Any advice? Can you pick driving on the wrong side of the road up easily?!

I know.. sounds stupid


It's easy. Go for it!

Automatic gearbox - easy to drive.

Wide roads. Massive parking spaces in car parks. Clear signposts. Aggressive driving very rare compared to Europe.

One word of warning - if you drive in the LA area, learn about how to enter and exit carpool lanes. I didn't realise that there were special entry zones and drove across a solid white line - got pulled over by a cop and barked at for a while. He had a point, but thankfully let me go without punishment.
#21
webmong;2723029
Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...


how about a button for people deliberately avoiding swear filters?:roll:
#22
schooleydoo
Planning on doing this for my honeymoon in a month, on a budget and thought my £180 for 2 weeks with a Hyundai from Expedia was a good deal, but this will work much better after fuel.

Awesome deal, also looking for hotels en route to SF near Monteray Aquarium so the Madonna hotel looks interesting, though who could sleep in this?!

http://www.madonnainn.com/images/174.jpg


You'll find great hotel suggestions on Tripadvisor. In Monterey we went for a 'cheap and clean' option - Monterey Bay Lodge. It was a nice motel, next to the beach - nice seaside walk through town to the Aquarium. http://www.montereybaylodge.com/

For breakfast, you won't be able to beat 'First Awakenings' which is right near the Aquarium. http://www.firstawakenings.net/

If you go to the aquarium late in the day, they will sell you a ticket for the next day and let you in for the rest of that day too as a bonus.

If you make it to Big Sur, I totally recommend Treebones for an unforgettable and wonderful experience: [url]www.treebonesresort.com[/url]
#23
gobofraggle
It's easy. Go for it!

Automatic gearbox - easy to drive.

Wide roads. Massive parking spaces in car parks. Clear signposts. Aggressive driving very rare compared to Europe.


Very easy and laidback driving, I spent a fortnight driving round San Fransisco and LA, funny rules, you can turn right at a red traffic, using like a giveway sign!
Got so used to It I found it more difficult getting used to rush hour on Kingston Bridge in Glasgow, the Monday morning we got back!!!! That was scary.....

Des
#24
phil001
how about a button for people deliberately avoiding swear filters?:roll:


I am Svenska, ja? It is my family namn, ja?
1 Like #25
gobofraggle
this post is clearly to benefit people going on holiday to California, not people who live there.

you sound very much like somebody who doesn't go on 'foreign holidays' and resents those who do. I'm not saying you don't travel, just that when you type, your words smell of Butlins.


webmong
Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...

Both of these made me laugh and restored my faith in this website community.
1 Like #26
webmong
Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...


If only! :-D
#27
csiman
So we should all be posting worldwide deals now just in case someone is in the country where the deal is? :roll:


Of course - if it is thought to be relevant to UK people too! Posting a really hot deal like this is great - just a shame that you made the irrelevant comment you did. I concur with other judgements on you in this post.
1 Like #28
csiman
I think the clue is in the web url :whistling:


If I am not mistaken, the offer is on holidayautos.co.uk which is a UK owned and operated site for uk residents to use. The offer happens to be for US car hire - a deal I think is very good. That makes it a hotukdeal in my book. Following your logic no post about any non-UK holidays on this site please!

Anyway if you have not got anything constuctive to add to the post, why bother posting at all?
#29
dieseldes
Very easy and laidback driving, I spent a fortnight driving round San Fransisco and LA, funny rules, you can turn right at a red traffic, using like a giveway sign!
Got so used to It I found it more difficult getting used to rush hour on Kingston Bridge in Glasgow, the Monday morning we got back!!!! That was scary.....

Des


completely agree. i've been to the states for several trips involving driving hire cars. its a total sinch, it only feels weird for about 5 minutes at most. the only thing thats takes a few attempts before feeling completely comfortable is that you can go through a red light if you are turning right at most junctions.
last year i did a 7000+ mile trip all around the states. and in a couple of months i will be doing another drive from Dallas to Phoenix and back again.
i used holiday autos for my first trip to america and i got the Max for the extra fuel, and i think it also gives you an extra driver as well, which was really beneficial and if thats still part of the Max then its definately another plus point to this deal.
1 Like #30
webmong
Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...


rep'd! :D
#31
schooleydoo
Planning on doing this for my honeymoon in a month, on a budget and thought my £180 for 2 weeks with a Hyundai from Expedia was a good deal, but this will work much better after fuel.

Awesome deal, also looking for hotels en route to SF near Monteray Aquarium so the Madonna hotel looks interesting, though who could sleep in this?!

http://www.madonnainn.com/images/174.jpg


If marriage is love's compost, then this room is love's Gro-More®™ fertilizer.
banned#32
webmong;2723029
Can we get a "******" button as well as a '"rep" one. It's becoming an increasing necessity...

Seeya when your ban ends lol :-D
banned#33
mrcoxexcel;2723353
Of course - if it is thought to be relevant to UK people too! Posting a really hot deal like this is great - just a shame that you made the irrelevant comment you did. I concur with other judgements on you in this post.

At least I dont put male genitals in my username - DOH! :roll:
banned#34
Tightmartin;2723383
If I am not mistaken, the offer is on holidayautos.co.uk which is a UK owned and operated site for uk residents to use. The offer happens to be for US car hire - a deal I think is very good. That makes it a hotukdeal in my book. Following your logic no post about any non-UK holidays on this site please!

Anyway if you have not got anything constuctive to add to the post, why bother posting at all?


oooh get you noob. I see with your post count you aint got anything constructive to say either! :whistling:
#35
Does anyone know which company Holidayautos partner with for Florida rentals? Needd to identify how far Miami south beach downtown location is from Hotel.
Thanks,
banned#36
gobofraggle;2723025
this post is clearly to benefit people going on holiday to California, not people who live there.

you sound very much like somebody who doesn't go on 'foreign holidays' and resents those who do. I'm not saying you don't travel, just that when you type, your words smell of Butlins.

Oh you are so wrong. We take 3 or 4 foreign holidays a year (mainly canaries / cyprus) but will be cutting back now to 2 or 3 as I have been unemployed for nearly two years now and they are threatening to cut back my benefits if I dont start looking for a job.

No chance of that happening as they say I need to earn £30K to be on the same as I get from benefits! :w00t:
#37
Dftt!
#38
Did this in Florida in March, to get from Key West to Orlando to come home (200+ miles). Had a top of the range car for about £27, full tank etc. I used the whole tank and put in $5 for the last couple of miles. The rental company (Dollar) would have used all of my rental charge to refill the (large) tank, and some. Can't see where they make money.

However I tried booking a one way one day hire on holidayautos for next March and it said none available. I assumed they'd spotted and closed the loophole.

I asked Dollar what a one way hire would cost when I was out there - the one-way starts at $150 then you add on the hire cost.
#39
csiman
wrong site mate. This is hotUKdeals!


This deal is only available to people booking in the UK. If you were to book the same thing in California it'll cost you $50+, fuel will cost $4.30 a gallon and no quidco ;-)
banned#40
dufus124;2724713
This deal is only available to people booking in the UK. If you were to book the same thing in California it'll cost you $50+, fuel will cost $4.30 a gallon and no quidco ;-)

Fair enough :thumbsup:

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