Unexpected Large Discount When Reserving Alamo Rental Car

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    May 17, 2015 6:34 PM GMT
    Checked out Alamo's rate for a rental car. Then searched online for rental cars at the same airport - ending with Carrentals.com bringing up about 6 different sites. All had about the same price as Alamo except for Hotwire, which was 50% less. Decided I didn't want to take the chance on Hotwire actually coming through with what they promised, as this was a small city, and would likely be out of cars when I arrived - so I would be screwed if anything went wrong with the Hotwire reservation. Went back to Alamo and reserved the car. This time, Alamo's rate had dropped by 30% from the quote a few minutes earlier. I was pleased, but remain puzzled. Was Alamo's computer made aware of my quote from Hotwire??
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    May 17, 2015 8:38 PM GMT
    Quite possibly. Multiple searches for flights and hotel rooms sometimes throw up similar anomalies.
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    May 17, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    Another factor can be onsite versus offsite car rental locations at or near airports. Depending on how many days you're renting and the total savings, it can be cheaper to take a taxi to an offsite rental place. Or perhaps a friend can shuttle you in his car from airport to rental place. I may be doing that once again for someone flying into Fort Lauderdale shortly, and then bringing them back.

    Some onsite airport rental sites also vary their rates according to their fluctuating inventory, and those of their rivals. Car rental companies are very competitive, and they have inventory thresholds that trigger lower rates, to move cars off their lots and get new customers to try their company. The industry goal is to keep cars on the road, not sitting idle in lots.
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    May 17, 2015 9:20 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidWas Alamo's computer made aware of my quote from Hotwire??

    Sounds like a 60's sci-fi story; the computers are talking to each other and eventually they're going to take over the world.