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How this family saved $2061 on car rental for their Queensland holiday

Could the national hire car shortage ruin your holiday?

Jessica Pilon-Summons

Article by Lauren Ferri, originally published as Why your summer holiday could be ruined as Qld finally opens its borders for

Travellers are being hit with inflated holiday prices as they rush to book holidays across the country ahead of the festive season and Queensland finally opens its borders to all Australians after 141 days.

A massive spike in travel costs could ruin holidays as a result of the lack of accommodation and shortage of rental cars across the country.

The price of hiring a car has more than tripled in holiday destinations nationwide due to a shortage of vehicles and supply chain issues.

Bookings [for Car Next Door] are up 206 per cent across the country compared with the same time last year and even higher in Queensland with a 359 per cent spike.

Watch 7 News coverage of the hire car shortage in Queensland

In Tasmania, there is a 390 per cent spike in bookings.

“There has already been a 206 per cent increase in bookings nationally in December compared to the same time last year as interstate visitors scramble to secure rental vehicles due to the shortage of hire cars and inflated prices,” Car Next Door chief executive Will Davies said.

“Bookings continue to increase heading into Christmas.”

In NSW rental car bookings are up 138 per cent on last year, while in Melbourne they are up 206 per cent.

“We are seeing interstate travellers use local car sharing as a real alternative to traditional car hire,” Mr Davies said.

Sydney mother of two Amie Meehan was booked to fly to Queensland with her family in January but is looking to bring the holiday forward after the borders were opened early.

Ms Meehan was originally quoted $2452 to hire a Suzuki Swift or similar for just four days.

Instead, she booked a Suzuki Alto through Car Next Door for just $391 for the same time, using the extra money on food.

As of 1am on Monday, fully vaccinated NSW, Victoria and ACT residents can enter Queensland if they have had a negative PCR test within the 72 hours prior.

They will need another test on day five.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to arrive each day in the lead-up to Christmas.

Read the article in full.

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Article by Lauren Ferri, originally published as Why your summer holiday could be ruined as Qld finally opens its borders for

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