One traveling expense is often vehicle rental. If you have ever needed one before, you know who expensive it can be. In fact, it might actually take a big bite out of your vacation budget. Here are some tips you can follow to save the next time you need to find transportation!
1. Warehouse Memberships.
Sometimes, your membership warehouses have travel deals, which include rental cars. Check with yours to find out if they offer any member discounts.
2. Check with your insurance carrier.
Sometimes, insurance companies offer discounts to it’s customers when you book through certain companies. Ask your agent to find out if there is one that work with.
3. Military discounts.
Many companies offer military families a discount. You never know if they do, so just ask when making your reservation. You just might be pleasantly surprised!
4. Online Sites.
Take a look at sites online such as Priceline, HotWire or even CarRentals as they can offer some competitive rates. You can always pay for the basic rental online and then upgrade when you get to the counter.
5. Sign up for emails.
Visit the car rental company and sign up for emails and notifications. They will often send out coupons and/or codes to subscribers, which are not available to the general public.
6. Frequent Flier or Rental Clubs.
Frequent flier miles can sometimes be cashed in to use towards rental cars. In addition, sign up for your favorite rental company’s club (if available) and you can accrue rewards and/or perks.
7. Employer Discounts.
Some larger companies have deals set up with rental agencies, who pass along discounts to it’s employees. Ask your Human Resources Manager to find out if there is a program available where you work.
8. Be careful about add-ons.
Make sure you check with your own insurance company as many times, your own auto insurance will cover you in any rental cars purchased, which means you do not need to make the extra purchase.
You may even check with your credit card company as they too may extend coverage to the rental. You will need to make sure that you have primary care insurance on your card. That way, if something happens, you can file the claim with the credit card company rather than the rental company insurance.
9. Look for coupon codes.
Believe it or not, even rental companies can offer coupon discounts. You can often find these at RetailMeNot or even directly on the company’s website. Just sign up on the company’s site for emails and they will sometimes send them to you.
10. Fill the tank yourself.
Never allow the rental car company to fill the tank for you. They will actually charge you more than what it would have cost if you had filled the tank yourself.
Take a few minutes and stop by the gas station and you’ll pay less for that tank of gas than what the company will charge you.
11. Use Your Elite Status.
Look at your credit card. If you happen to be an elite member, you might be able to get free up-grades or even save as much as 25% off of your rental! Just contact your credit card company to see if they have such perks.
Is there anything else that you’ve done to save on your rental? We’d love to add it to our list!!