last Wednesday, basically two days after the hurricane, I was walking to work and got a call from upstate that my wife's grandfather was gravely ill and that we needed to do whatever possible to get back up. A family member had his car packed in case we needed a ride. No busses, no trains, and obviously no planes so we (or she) decided to rent a car. AMEX found nothing, but we were able to find one after walking into an Avis (one of many car rental places we walked to, nothing was avilable). They had one car, a Chevy Malibu, and then rented it to us for 24 hours for $335. Three hundred and thirty five dollars.
We drove back last night and again rented a car, this time Avis gave us a Ford Edge SUV loaded with options. And that cost us $55.