How is this even possible?
Yesterday I booked a rental car for an upcoming trip. I used the same rental company I have been using for years to book a compact car for four days over a weekend, an exact replica of many previous rental bookings.
Imagine my surprise when the reservation quote came back at $692.00. I can take a hell of a lot of cabs for that amount.
So I tried again, using a different link on the same coupon, but keeping all the other parameters exactly the same, and the price magically dropped to $341.00.
One more try brought the final price to $293.00, which was more in line with what I normally pay.
Perhaps I should have just kept trying. Eventually I was bound to get to a point where they would be paying me to rent the car.
I would love to see MythBusters investigate the rental car conundrum, the seemingly random generation of rates. After seeing them overwhelmingly prove the Monty Hall Paradox*, I am confident they have the mad math skills needed to explain it.
* The Monty Hall Paradox is really cool, a double whammy of psychological and mathematical oddities. Contestants on Let's Make a Deal almost always chose to stick with their original choice rather than switch doors, after the third door is opened to reveal nothing. Psychologically, people prefer to stay with their initial gut instinct. Yet, switching one's choice actually increases the odds of winning from 1 in 3 to 2 in 3. MythBusters proved it!