When it comes to renting a car, a little
strategy and comparison shopping can reap big savings, say the
experts. Following are some points to remember; for more advice and
tips, visit www.freetraveltips.com.
Go for small. Book the smallest car the rental
company offers, then upon pickup, ask if a free upgrade is
available. Most companies offer this service, especially during
Book early. Rental companies raise rates as
reservation volume increases and fleets book up. Also, smaller cars
tend to sell out first, leaving only the larger, more expensive
vehicles for rent.
Call around. When calling a company’s national
reservation center, always ask for the best available rate. Then,
call the local office where the car is being rented, and ask if
they can better it.
Extra charges. Ask about taxes, fees and
whether mileage is included in the rate.
Other discounts. Find out if the rental company
honors discounts offered by your hotel, airline frequent-flyer
awards program, AAA or other club memberships.