Below are some useful tips to assist help
you save money on your next car rental. Also note that if
you plan on needing a car in Europe, a new service called AutoEurope.com
offers some of the lowest rates for both travelers from other
continents as well as Europeans in need of hiring a car.
Remember the following:
the Internet can be the quickest and best way to compare
many Rental Car rates.
- If you are
planning on purchasing extra items such as a damage waiver
or insurance, you should also comparison shop those rates.
- Make sure their
mileage policy is favorable to you so you can avoid extra
- Airport fees can
be quite large so you might see if
it is worth it to use an off-airport facility. However, if
the off-airport company picks you up at the airport, you'll
probably still have to pay some of the fee.
- You can check their national
reservation centers and their local offices; one may be
offering a better deal than the other. ASK, if this is the
best rate they have available.
- Make your reservation as soon as you
have decided on plans. Most Rental Car Companies increase
their rates as reservations come in and their fleets become
booked. Also, certain classes of cars will sell out and you
may have to end up reserving and paying for a larger vehicle
than you want.
- Being flexible about your travel plans
can save you money. Rental Companies that focus on the
business or replacement market customers often have great
weekend specials. The best rates are found during the off
season and at other times when the Rental Companies have
extra cars sitting around.
- Check into booking your vacation as a
package. You might be able to save by booking your car along
with a certain airline, hotel or attraction ticket package.
- Book the smallest car that you will
need and hope for a free upgrade. But, remember you may get
stuck with that small car.
- Check into other size class vehicles.
They may have extra cars in a certain class and be offering
discounts for that size class.
- Use coupons, but read them carefully
for exceptions. Most upgrade coupons are "based on
availability", so if you have an upgrade coupon that
you wish to use and also have a monetary discount coupon,
bring them both. If they canít honor the upgrade, they may
still give you the monetary discount. Also, remember to book
any coupons or discounts in your reservation.
- Apply any special discount programs for
which you are eligible.
- When you get to the counter, ask if
there are any upgrade specials available, they might have
some good deals.
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