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Fortunately, I come from a family that *tries* to plan things. The plan at hand is my Grandmother's 90th (yes, ninetieth) birthday in July.

Currently, I looking at:
  • airfare from SFO/SJC (CA) to JAX/GVL (FL), only one stop please. I might consider Orlando, too

  • rental car, from a place that takes debit cards (I don't do credit any more, I hate being a slave to an interest rate.), so I can drive around without trying to manage a stick shift.

  • hotel nearby, so I don't make a pest of myself with my kid sister, her family, gma, mom, et al.

  • cash for food, etc, plus figuring out what to get gma for her 9th decade.

  • The problem, of course, is that if I don't have a "credit" card for car rental, they want to "check my credit" (WTF!!!), and thus make my already bad (due to 20 months unemployed in a very expensive area) credit *worse*.

    Edit: The nearest hotel I can book online is in Gainsville, albeit they have some with rates less than $50 per night. Aren't there any nearer? Argh!


    ( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
    Apr. 26th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
    90th? Oh my..I'm afraid to live that long, lol.
    Apr. 26th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
    My Grandma is a tough old bird. I've got a picture of her in firefighter bunker gear at 80. In ten more years, I'll be going back down to celebrate her 100th, I'm sure.
    Apr. 26th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
    Old women like that amaze me, lol, I could never be one of them.I'd give anything to see that picture!
    Apr. 26th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
    If I can find it, I'll scan it and post it.
    Apr. 26th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
    Dollar will still take debit cards, and Alamo has been known to take actual cash as long as you're willing to fork over a generous deposit and display your return ticket.

    Enterprise is variable about debit cards.

    Anyway, a brief look at the Usual Suspects (JetBlue, Southwest, then Orbitz and Travelocity for the rest) reveals that Delta has the best deals for SJC to JAX -- although to be sure I also played with other combinations of SJC|SFO|OAK and JAX|GVL|MCO. I tried several arbitrarily selected seven-day periods in July, and Delta consistently came up the winner, with reasonable departure times at both ends, non-stupidly-short layovers (this is DL, so all plane changes are at ATL), and the best prices.

    Hope that helps!

    -- L
    Apr. 26th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
    Hertz also accepts debit cards. Expect to have a batch of money locked in your account as their little safeguard, but the amount is easily found out with a phone call.
    Apr. 26th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
    Enterprise will also take cash, with something like a $250 deposit.
    Apr. 26th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
    What city are you actually looking to stay in? I'm thinking Motel 6, which has swanked itself up something awful--or ask one of the locals to book a hotel for you.

    Apr. 26th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
    I rented a car a few months ago using debit card, I believe it was from Hertz. They didn't run a credit report, they did put a deposit on hold. I think it was $250. Try asking various companies before letting one run a report, bleech!

    And happy birthday to your g'ma.
    Apr. 26th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
    I rented from Hertz via priceline with my debit card (last month).
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