On May 15, 2017, my son JP, his girlfriend Kaylea, and Steve and I head to Shannon for a one week indi trip to Southwestern Ireland, flying in and out of Shannon and staying in Boland’s B&B in Dingle Town for two nights while we tour the Dingle Peninsula, and The Old Church House B&B in Kenmare while we do the Ring of Kerry, and finally Fitgeralds Woodland House in Adare for two nights.
The trip, which I booked through Great Value Vacations, a trip I saw advertised on Travelzoo, includes the flights from Orlando, the hotels, and a rental car for six days for around one thousand dollars each. It was a good deal until I upgraded to an automatic car, for me a necessity since we will be driving on the left side in Ireland and the idea of shifting with my left hand is way too complicated. I was told that the upgrade would add over $400, not including insurance (another $200), all which seemed excessive. I checked Dan Dooley rental cars online for Shannon airport and found that an automatic for the period we would have the car was less than 200 Euros. When I called Great Vacations back, they insisted that they had no control over the cost of the rental car and they had no way to alter the price. It strikes me that someone is making an unfair profit somewhere, but I couldn’t get to the bottom of it and decided to bite the bullet and pay for the upgrade rather than spoil the vacation with the added stress of trying to shift with my left hand