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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

353 Car Rental Cork Airport Terminal

Back in August my daughter booked a car rental through the Gomarbella Cartrawler Booking Engine for a friend's wedding near Cork in Ireland. Booking only three weeks ahead at the height of summer she was pleased to get a five seater car from the Opel Astra or similar group for only €176.05 for five days. This worked out at a car rental fee of €35.21 per day.

This included an airport fee, breakdown assistance, unlimited mileage, tax, collision damage waiver (CDW), theft waiver (TW) and third party liability protection.

To take care of the collision damage waiver insurance, as part of the Car Trawler rental car booking process she took out a Mondial Assistance collision damage waiver for a separate fee of €28.56. As I said before it all looked like a good price considering the late booking.

Just before leaving Marbella where she had been staying with us my daughter found she had mislaid her credit card. It wasn't a problem as my wife was travelling with her and our two grandchildren and she would take her credit card to produce at the rental desk.

The flight went fine (I stayed at home) and 353 Car Rental in the Terminal at Cork Airport was easy to find, sandwiched between Europcar and Avis. The 353 rental agent at the desk started ticking boxes on a form at the rental desk and asked my wife for her credit card and to sign the form. Distracted by the grandchildren and thinking that she was paying for the actual car rental, she handed over the credit card and signed in good faith.

What she had actually signed for was extra car rental insurance, another €198.61 on top of the Mondial Assistance collision damage insurance my daughter had already paid for! My wife didn't know it but Mondial Assistance actually say on their insurance confirmation form: "Excess cover is always optional. You should decline the car rental agent's excess cover at the desk when the car is collected."

OK I can hear you saying, she should have looked at the small print before signing. I do agree with you but as an online car rental agent, I am concerned that this could be happening to other car renters.

Here's the maths now:

176.05 Car Rental
28.56 Mondial Assistance collision damage waiver
198.61 Unsolicited insurance from 353 Car Rental

403.22 Total Average daily car rental now €80+ per day.

I'm not happy about this because it might well be happening to my other clients in different places so I wrote to 353 Car Rental at Cork Airport to ask for a copy of the insurance document that my wife signed. I wrote last week, I haven't had a reply yet but I'll keep you up to date on what happens!

In the meantime as part of your Gomarbella Car Rental booking process, sign up for Mondial Assistance collision damage, don't be pressured into signing anything at the 353 Car Rental desk in the terminal at Cork Airport and if you feel you must sign - read the small print first!

Update: I did get a reply from 353 Car Rental at Cork Airport which you can read here. Moral of the story is - don't be hurried at the hire car collection desk, read the small print carefully and don't tick any boxes just because the car rental agent attending you tells you to!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Malaga Airport Bus to Granada Bus Station

A popular bus service links Malaga Airport with Granada bus station and has been operating since the new airport opened earlier this year.

Travellers to Granada pick up the Alsina Graells bus seen in the picture from the stop where the Malaga Airport to Marbella shuttle bus and the L19 service to Malaga bus station leave from, just outside Arrivals across the big covered meeting area.

In the top part of the picture you will see the moving walkway which takes passengers to the Malaga airport train stop.

The Malaga Airport to Granada service runs twice a day 7 days a week. See timetable below:

Depart: Malaga Airport: 11.30 Arrive: Granada Bus Station 13.15 Cost: €9.35
Depart: Malaga Airport: 18.30 Arrive: Granada Bus Station 20.50 Cost: €9.35

If the timetable above doesn't suit you, then check through to the Costa del Sol bus page and look at the Malaga Bus Station timetable for other buses to Granada. The L19 service every 30minutes will take you from the airport to Malaga Bus Station and from there you can book your onward bus to Granada.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Lubina Sol bus stop

This is a picture of the Aztec Country Club tennis sports complex just over the A7 coastal road from Lubina Sol. Read the whole story to find out why it's in this blog!

Hi Mike, I am trying to get from the Malaga airport to Lubina Sol which is a complex just past Calahonda, I know the way by train to Fuengirola train station and then by bus but I don't know what bus stop I need to get off at. It would be brillant if you could let me know. Thanks Mo

Hi M0, thanks very much for checking in to blog
I must have been past Lubina Sol a thousand times but never fixed its location exactly. I went online and found this "Turn off the A7 at the second sign for Riviera. At the roundabout take the second exit right into the Avda del Golf. Drive up the hill. After 200 mtrs turn left at the mini roundabout into Calle Libra. Follow the road for approximately 500 mtrs. The Aztec Country Club, where Reception is located, is on your left."

Get off the bus at the Riviera del Sol bus stop and then walk to the nearby taxi rank which you will find opposite the blue Opencor Supermarket building seen in the photos on the Riviera del Sol bus stop information.

It's not that far to Aztec Country Club but it's uphill and not comfortable pulling a suitcase so take a taxi to arrive in style. The taxi will take you to the resort Reception. It'll be a minimum fare of 7 euros or less. Next time I'm in the area I'll check out exactly where the reception is located.

Hope that helps you Maureen, please let me know if you have time when you get back. The weather is brilliant right now.

Best wishes from Marbella and have a great visit. Mike

Hi Mike Thanks for your amazingly quick reply to my question. I will take your suggestion and get a cab from Opencor Supermarket to Lubina Sol. I will certainly send an email when I get back. I am going on the 3rd May so let's hope the sunshine holds until then. Many many thanks for the trouble you have taken. Best wishes Mo

Update: 16/10/10. I went to the Aztec Country Club today and asked about the Lubina Sol apartments. Apparently Aztec Country Club now only handle around eight of the many apartments at Lubina Sol. So the advice above is good above regarding which bus stop to get off at, it's still the Riviera del Sol bus stop but the main Lubina Sol apartments are on the sea side of the road, right next to the Riviera del Sol bus stop and will have their own reception. You'll need to take the underpass next to the bus stop to get to the other side of the busy road coming from Fuengirola.

Contact details for Aztec Country Club

General Enquiries:

Tel: + 34 952 93 44 77
Fax: + 34 952 93 28 95


Tel: + 34 952 93 36 26
Fax: + 952 93 90 55