One-way car rental from San Diego to Seattle in ~July?
It seems like a potentially great adventure, but with drop charges added into daily rates it's not really penciling in. So I'm hoping for some wisdom from the SD community.
Last year we did a one way SFO to Seattle (Hertz rental booked through Costco) trip. Yes, the daily charge was high due to the way they tie the drop rate into the daily rental rate (making for a combined super high daily rate of ~$250, IIRC), but it worked out to be much cheaper than the last-minute airline rates for 4 of us because we did it in one long day and only had to pay the drop rate once.
For this trip, however, that high combo daily rate (each day's rental has drop rate built in) X 7 days + gas pretty much kills it as an option. Unless...
What I'd like to find is an agency that charges "normal" daily/weekly rates PLUS a single drop rate for the act of picking up a car in Cali then returning to Washington instead of that killer combined daily and drop for each day's rental.
Anyone have any know of such option? other ideas?