2F— Morning News • Sunday, May 10, 1998
DI*C4>V6B] Realm "This was simply
spectacular. I'm going to
the participants' skill level Since
the swamp terrain is flat and there's
no fast water, you'll use your paddle
HAWAII! Continued from page 1F
remember the every step of the way on what can
be a slow-going and strenuous trip car rentals invirtualtie
Join us tor i presentation about Okefenokee for the rest of These aren't treks Tor the lazy. In
the exciting Hawaiian adventures towering cypresses, bearded with the miles between the overnight
Spanish moss Then, abruptly,
my life. platforms, too, you're at the weath- By Barbara Shea market share — "31-plus percent" —.
Classic Vacations and AAA Travel
you're threading through clawing er's mercy. Watching from a canoe Newsday and that members of the "No. 1 G<jW;
Agency have to offer! as heavy rain, wind, and lightning Club" for frequent customers maJfe
branches in thin waterways barely
wider than your canoe. approach can be one of life's more When travelers rank the three up. 80 percent of Hertz renters. AvisI
May 21 • 7:00 p . m . Though miles from your fellow heart-quickening experiences. major car rental companies equally, still claims the No. 2 market share*.* I
712 Mall Blvd. humans, you still have plenty of sequently, are at a premium for this Overnight trips through the it means all are likely to try a little The three companies also stack ujr
company in the swamp. The hoarse time of year, for peak periods, every Okefenokee, in short, involve some harder. So consumers may soon see in that order when it comes to price>
R.S.V.P. (912) 392-1222 cries of egrets and herons are soon available spot is often snatched up inconveniences. You'll definitely be an extra competitive push on the of current one-way "Florida drive?
Refreshments •Door Prizes a familiar sound; woodpeckers seem within 15 minutes after the phone tired when you're through. part of Hertz, Avis and National — out" programs, in which travelers .
to lpve to hammer on the lines open in the morning. The swamp, though, repays you which finished in a three-way tie for have two weeks to help companies,
for your efforts a hundred-fold. top U.S. rental company in the third move cars from the Sunshine State to!
^AAAMEMBERS^ Okefenokee s dead trees. At night
bull alligators bellow, frogs sing in
The rest of the year isnt quite so
tight, but reservations should still Within moments of sliding away annual J.O. Power and Associates cities in the Northeast for the sum-
guttural choruses, and raccoons cir- be made well in advance. Anyone from land — the last solid footing Domestic Rental Car Customer mer vacation season. Each compa-
<40 OFF* cle warily around your tent, expert-
ly searching for food. Bears,
familiar with our climate, of course,
will realize that the swamp in
you might see for days—you enter
a different realm. A world without
The survey by the California-
ny's drive-out offer lasts through
June 30 and includes unlimited .
(tesic VSM^dons to Hiwril cougars, otters, bobcats, opossum, August will seem roughly as cool traffic and appointments and bill- based market-research firm drew on mileage. • " ,
and white-tailed deer frequent the and inviting as molten lava (with the boards and memos. A place where .evaluations- of more than 6,000 Hertz* rates start at $0.95 dail/
J swamp's several sandy islands. region's biting insects as an enticing nature stages an unforgettable - rental-car customers at locations at and $41.99 weekly. Call (800) 654-3131 '
The-most popular period for bonus). And nights, of course, can show, offering her visitors a wealth or near major U.S. airports. Power and to ensure the proper rate quote,"
overnight canoeing in the swamp is be cold in January and February of sights, sounds, and memories. gave each of the top three a grade of mention code RQ ICFD for a daily''
from March through early May, (though those same months can also, This," a canoeist from Michigan 104*- higher than the industry aver- Florida drive-out, code RQ ICFW for
when temperatures are mild, water with a bit of luck, offer days that are recently said, "was simply spectacu- age of 100 but in two cases lower than a weekly price. ~-
levels are high, and wildflowers droiwtead gorgeous). lar. I'm going to remember the last year, when Hertz scored 109, Avis' Florida drive-outs start at-'
across the swamp are in full, bril- Anyone considering an overnight Okefenokee for the rest of my life/' National 105 and Avis 103. $8.95 daily (no weekly rate); call (808); -
del (lipped! f liant explosion. Reservations, con- paddling trip should also consider Budget came in slightly below the 331-1212.
Yin Money. top trio this year with 101, and National's drive-out plan starts a t ,
ibannarj IHofnina Thrifty scored 100 — both up from $17.99 a day, $79.99 weekly, call (8001
last year. Power didnt release scores CAR-RENT. !
for Dollar or Alamo, the two other Though rental rates keep rising, '
rental car sources it surveys, price wasn't of top concern to travel-';
because of company policy to refrain e n Power surveyed, coming in third '1
from detailing companies that fall among the various elements of the
below the industry average, rental experience. Pickup process'
spokesman John Pepitone said. was ranked most important by 34'
A spokeswoman for Hertz, which percent, return process by 25 per- .
is used to standing above the crowd, cent, rates by 15 percent, the car-.,
said market share and customer loy- itself by 14 percent and the reserva-,.
• HOTELS • SMALL INNS alty-have more meaning than sur- tion process by 12 percent National,'
• MOTELS •LODGES veys. She said statistics from her was the strongest in reservation and '
CONDOMINIUMS CAMPGROUNDS marketing department indicate that pickup, Avis in return and Hertz in'
Hertz retains the industry's largest quality and condition of the vehicle.
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