Posted by William Charles on June 18, 2019
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Published on June 18th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Recap: Union Warns Members Not To Fly AA, Hertz My Car & More

 

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Nick
Nick

Had that problem with AMEX where Uber charges continued to go through even after reporting the card stolen. Supposedly they give the new number as a courtesy, which doesn’t help if that service is where the fraud was. Had to block Uber as a merchant from that card.

John K
John K

Hertz My Car in Austin was $999 per month for Tier 1, $1399 for Tier 2, not including taxes and a $250 sign up fee. 2 change outs allowed.

In other words, laughable.

Derek
Derek

Yep. $1k a month before taxes. It also starts at C level cars, there’s no A or B level. I might actually consider it if there was a $750 B car. But no way $1k+ for full size. Or if there was a sweetner like, drop the car off at the airport and pick up one where ever you are going, no additional cost. I’d do a subscription like that.

Alex
Alex

It seems reasonable if you’re somewhere for a short amount of time. If you were sent somewhere for a month for business and wanted / needed to have a car during that time, then the $999 a month seems pretty good, to be honest. That’s likely going to be cheaper than a regular rental car, especially with the insurance included.

I know they’ve also marketed this type of thing to people looking to do rideshare driving, which seems decent depending on how often you do it. Instead of putting wear and tear on your own car, if you even own a car that is Uber / Lyft capable, you can rent one and cover the rent with your Uber / Lyft driving. This would also be a tax deduction, which works out a little nicer. (I don’t know the math behind all of this so it may not actually be a good deal in the end, but I know that this is something that Uber and Lyft have used as a marketing tool to pull in new drivers.)

Nick
Nick

The other situation where this would work is if your car is totaled and your replacement is on order (happened to my parents – they went nearly 4 months on one car because the hybrid version they wanted was so hard to find). Insurance will only pay for a month of rentals if you have the coverage.

CM

At 999 USD/mo, plus 250 USD signup, plus taxes being extra, this easily seems more expensive than the normal monthly rental — then what’s the point of this service? Just for a fixed pricing nationwide?

Liability insurance is generally less than 100 bucks per month from any insurance company; I’m pretty sure I’ve heard folks buying car insurance even if they don’t own a car, so, paying so much extra to Hertz for the extra convenience doesn’t really make that much sense.

LC
LC

I knew there was something with the insane amount of AA delays and cancellations lately… not good news for me flying them this week ahead lol.

JBTx
JBTx

DOC – Excellent article from MiddleAgeMiles that just dropped on the AA-Mechanics situation, including an actual review of the legal filings:
https://www.middleagemiles.com/2019/06/17/american-airlines-vs-mechanics-union-a-breakdown-and-perspectives-from-a-texas-trial-lawyer/

CM

Sure, but I think it’s a little short on the actual issues at stake, just explains why the injunctions were granted, and the likelihood of the Union prevailing from now on.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Let’s see AA has the largest fleet of some of the oldest planes in the air, so “1,500 unnecessary repairs”

Hmm, seems like your going to have more repairs on older planes.

Delays seem par for the course.

CM

I once flown from LAX to AUS on AA; the seats were so crammed together that you basically couldn’t recline at all without someone making a complaint.

The flight started with the guy in front of me reclining during take off, which left me no space for anything (on WN, you can’t even tell if a person in front of you is reclined or not); I had to ask them to not do that, because I couldn’t recline myself without violating the rules, and without doing that, I was basically sandwitched between the seats, and I’m very slim / underweight!

Then during the flight, I finally reclined myself, and then the guy in the back started complaining that I’m leaving him no space. It was such a shitshow; and certainly ironic as well, given my own complaint earlier during the takeoff. I’m only 6’3″ and 160lb. The guy in the back finally had to ask permission to switch seats, as the plane was empty anyways. But such a shitshow!

Never flying AA again! Got AList on WN recently, and will keep on going, hope to reach AList Preferred soon.

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