I have been researching ways to make it affordable for my family to fly to drop my younger daughter off at college the first time. Our original plan had been to cut costs by driving, but its a 28 hour drive each way, and would come only three weeks after another drive of 19 hours each way. I am worried that I am going to way burn us all out before the girls start school.
I have found a cheap airbnb to bring the lodging cost down from a hotel. I have found cheap airline tickets. What was the real place I get stuck was on the car rental- prices have gone absolutely insane for car rentals, if you can find one. I saw someone once mention Turo on here, and I googled. They’re actually about 1/5 the price of a roughly equal rental from the big chains. The price makes it feasible, but I’m worried because I don’t know anyone who has used them, and because if I have to take on their insurance it eats a good chunk of the savings. That said, my car insurance and credit card company both cover me in rental cars- I’ve always been told to decline the car company’s coverages. Turo is not technically a rental car, though; it’s a ride-share company.
I’ve tried searching with no clear answers, and I figure my next step is to call our company, but I was wondering if anyone has any insights or experiences. If driving from home ends up the only affordable way to go, that is ok and I will do it… but I am not looking forward to it and won’t if I don’t have to.