Jan 7, 2019
Transportation from home to any destination requires some form of "last mile" transit. Gail and Piper discuss tips and thoughts on car renting when that's the choice that's made.
0:23 – Intro (Steampunk Girl
Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake
0:41 - Piper has a story, both for Gail and for listeners about a Virginia wedding (including hellmouth travel via ORD)
2:54 - The behaved childhood version of Adam Sandler and his Vegas "Money Man"
3:38 - Frequently flyer shop talk - how to find decent food in Chicago O'hare - just inside of security hidden between separate TSA check points
5:08 - Piper got trapped in an airport elevator
6:40 - Meeting the poor man's equivalent to an "extra from The Sopranos" as he oozes into your seat-space and tries to lift the shared armrest without permission
10:11 - Hotels in Warrenton, Virginia are... questionable - Piper left a rare one-star review after needing to wine-stomp insects in the tub
13:34 - tips for using Yelp/Travelocity/etc to research random hotels before staying - Gail tip: 'sort/search review sites with key terms like "business" as those reviews are often more realistic than a vacationer who stayed at a given location while in an overall good mood'
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Main Topic -> Renting some Wheelz
16:30 - book as small as you think you can manage; gives greater opportunity for upgrade
17:00 - Random rental car discounts abound - Gail gets one for being Sigma Xi
17:36 - if renting and needing/wanting to drop off the car in another state/country reach out and ask the company if they have a car that needs to be returned
18:48 - Try, try, try, to be friendly to the rental agent!
20:12 - Rental car rewards programs
21:48 - Use your rental experience as an opportunity to test-drive a car you are considering purchasing
22:26 - Sometimes it is cheaper to get your rental car from the inner-city area as opposed to the airport rental car center
22:31 - Random Philly soft-pretzels
26:11 - "Even if you only rent once a year the rental company will treat you better just for being 'in their club'"
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26:24 - car gadgets
Gail - pack with driving in mind if
driving 3+ hours
Piper - obtaining GPS via cell phone holder (clip is simplest!)
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30:42 - Outro and thanks to: Producer Matt
Special thanks to Dan Sawyer of Artistic Whisper for editing this episode!
Thanks for listening; Travel smart and pack the snacks!
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