Flight/Car Rental/Hotel

Flight/Car Rental/Hotel

Looking for thoughts on this one... My closest friend is stationed in Africa until "sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving." He's coming home to NC and I'm in OH. I really want to come meet him but they'll only give a few days notice before the guys come home, so no discounts for booking in advance. Any ideas on how to make this affordable? I'd have to fly down, rent a car, and stay at least one night in a hotel in town. I have to fly because it's a 13 hr drive each way and that means giving up at least one day of work on either side of his arrival for commuiting, which costs more in lost income than a flight. It's also likely that he'll stay with me at the hotel after his arrival as I can't stay at his barracks. Thanks for any thoughts!
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