Going Green…cheaply =)

Later this month, I’ll need to attend a training for four days in SoCal for work.

Hotel
I booked the hotel that was recommended by the training company and co-workers, which is coincidentally two blocks from the training location.  I’m getting a 1-bedroom suite with complimentary breakfast at a cheaper corporate rate.  Yay!

Airfare
Although I prefer flying Virgin America because of the touchscreen entertainment system, seats, and plush surroundings…..they only fly out of SFO.  I booked the latest roundtrip Southwest flights flying out of OAK and into LAX.  This is good because it allows me to go back home after work and have time to eat dinner with Joyce, Mels, and Emi before flying out.  I also don’t have to bug family or get a cab to take me to the airport.  I can just take BART there myself.  Hmmm….comfort versus convenience.

Car Rental
Here’s the best deal from booking this trip: So I was thinking, “maybe I should rent a Prius just for the fun of it and to see how it’s like driving a hybrid”.  Corporate policy says I have to rent a compact or mid-sized car.  While researching car rental companies, the Prius is considered a compact hybrid, so I guess it fits the corporate description?  I was going to go with Enterprise and get a compact Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris if the Prius option wasn’t feasible since that was the cheapest around.  Every car rental place was quoting almost $90 per day for renting a Prius.  Anyways, I looked online to see if there were any coupon codes available to reduce rental costs.  I found one with Alamo and used it.  Surprise!  It knocked down the $90 per day fee to $18 per day.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Was that a typo?  That’s a HUGE discount.  That’s an even cheaper rate than renting the cheapest car Alamo offers.  I IMMEDIATELY took advantage of the deal by reserving it with a credit card.  Yay for wanting to go green!

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If you want to take advantage of this deal, go to the Alamo Car Rental site and click more options in the car rental reservations window.  Enter in your dates and location of rental and under the ID/Corp ID field, type in: 7013904 and continue the reservation to the very end.  Hope it works!

– Norm