Howdy folks. I hope you don't mind a completely random question from a stranger to these parts.
Short version: What's the best strategy for getting child seats for a rental car? Preferably at a low cost.
My family is going to Hawaii (Kaua'i) for Christmas. (Gotta love credit card miles.) The only children in the group belong to my brother, they are aged 3 and 6. The family will be renting two cars, my parents one and myself the other.
My brother lives in another country and does a lot of traveling. He insists that if he walks into the rental car office and is a nice person, they will give him child seats for free.
Mother and I are skeptical about this plan. She is weighing the obvious options: pay the stated rental fee or bring the spare seats that she owns. The former is more expensive but only by about $20, and bringing the seats with them is a bit of a hassle.
What say you, community of MiceChatlandia? What experience do you have with child seats while on vacation? What do you suggest we do?