A new currency? - UKL

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  1. tuapekastar

    tuapekastar Established Member

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    Been checking some prices for car rental in the UK, and the AVIS site was kind enough to quote me a base rate of 249 UKL for my rental. Was previously unaware of this currency code and have not been able to find it anywhere. The rental is in the UK and my best guess is that UKL is AVIS-speak for GBP. But it still seems odd.

    As a sideline to this, if I list my country of residence as USA, I am quoted USD218 base rate for the same rental, as opposed to listing Australia, which produces the quote listed above. So I pay double for living in Oz? (assuming 'UKL' is actually 'GBP').

    Obviously I would rather pay the lesser amount (it's a significant difference). Anyone know what checks the rental companies have in place, and whether I could take advantage of the US rate? Perhaps a US address entered in the rental? Even though it would be paid with an Australian issued credit card.

    Any clues/tips welcomed and appreciated.

    Thanks
     

  2. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    I have seen UKL used instead of GBP occassionally. United Kingdom Librae instead of Great Britain Pounds.

    Dave
     
  3. serfty

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    LIBRAE ??!?!?

    That word is a new one on me; there's obviuosly some historical/latin context. I looked it up on dictionary.com and it's a "A unit of weight in ancient Rome equivalent to about 12 ounces".

    So how does a GBP relate to a UKL :?:
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Re: LIBRAE ??!?!?

    It's historical based on the pre decimalisation where 1 penny was written as 1d

    Apparantly the Pounds/Shillings/Pence terms were derived from the Latin Librae/Solidi/denarii ( or something in that vein anyway ) , which is where I presume the use of UKL has origins

    Dave
     
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    Re: LIBRAE ??!?!?

    Yes, in the days before it meant something quite different, LSD was a common abbreviation for Pounds, Shillings and Pence.
     
  6. tuapekastar

    tuapekastar Established Member

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    Thanks folk, old enough to remember the term lsd for pounds/shillings/pence, but never knew the origin of it.

    The question re the different rental rates still stands though if anyone has experience in that situation.

    Cheers
     
  7. blackhorse

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    Please try one of the sites - travelocity, expedia..have used them twice and don't remember it quoting rates based on country of residence..

    I would not use a incorrect address...the risks are more than any benefits..
     
  8. NM

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    The same derivation as lb being the symbol for pound weight measure.
     
  9. JohnK

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    Would you believe me if I said that was my exact thought this morning? It is a shame my dial up connection is not as fast as your broadband. :oops:
     
  10. NM

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    So even prolonging daylight saving couldn't get you posting ahead of us in the real world!
     
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