Tour Travel Tips - Rental Car
How can I save money on my
Rental Car rates?
Shopping 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 charges.
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
Apply any special discount programs for which you are
When you get to the counter, ask if there are any upgrade
specials available, they might have some good deals.