Spanish Advantages: Submarine and Commercial Travel Piracy (by U.S.)
Here are two situations involving Spain in which you must draw your own conclusions. Personally, the U.S. price overcharges fit own my travel observations and are not surprising. Nevertheless, perhaps this information will be useful to you, so here goes:
Jorge Cuadros, from Alexandria, Va., turned to the Internet to book a rental car. On Hertz.com, Mr. Cuadros was quoted a price of 626.12 euros for an automatic Mercedes for five days in October. At $1.42 to the euro, that amounted to about $890. He had stumbled upon a little-known trick that many online travel companies would rather keep quiet. Out of curiosity, Mr. Cuadros switched to his native Spanish tongue and checked Hertz’s Spanish Web site, www.hertz.es, where the same car was offered for 263.92 euros — about 58 percent less. He had stumbled upon a little-known trick that many online travel companies would rather keep quiet.
2) Would a rogue, submarine from Spain chase a sailboat all the way back to Norfolk, VA and blow her up?