|Thanks for the tips.|
We will (I think) rent a convertible Mustang. I think for 10 days we can get it for about $550, then add on whatever it costs for GPS (perhaps), and extra driver.
That reminds me, I think my credit card (Barclays Explorer) is one of those ones that if you use it to purchase a car rental it brings with it the necessary insurance. Gotta look at their policy again to confirm that.
Here's a question for you US travelers. I have a United credit card which will allow myself and the wife to check one bag for free. So I'm looking on buying United tickets on Expedia, and it says for Basic Economy (the lowest) fare there is NO carry on bag. Is that for real - life if the wife brings her purse and I bring a small backpack, they will reject them or charge us? I've never heard of a fare that doesn't include a carry on bag. When they say that do they mean a very large carry bag is not allowed, or no carry on nothing is allowed?
One last question in case anyone happens to know. We have a 8 year old GPD device, but it has Philippines maps on it. If we bring it with us to the USA, any idea where and how we can install USA maps on the device? That would be good for saving $15 per day or so. I was surprised how expensive these GPS devices are since they seem sort of out of date as most people use their phones as GPS these days.