rental car http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7472/all en-US 10 Ways to Save on Your Next Car Rental Without Even Trying Hard http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-your-next-car-rental-without-even-trying-hard <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-on-your-next-car-rental-without-even-trying-hard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car-4668871-small_0.jpg" alt="car" title="car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;re planning a road trip or flying somewhere, booking a car rental may top your list of things to do. But while you may need a set of wheels when you&#39;re away, the daily cost of a car rental can add up quickly and eat into your vacation budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-budget-and-track-expenses-for-your-next-vacation?ref=seealso">How to Budget and Track Expenses for Your Vacation</a>)</p> <p>There is no such thing as a free car rental. But with these simple tricks, you can snag a car rental for less.</p> <h2>1. Rent From a Smaller Company</h2> <p>Big-name car rental companies, such as Hertz and Enterprise, may have earned your trust over the years. But like most things we buy, certain names come with a bigger price tag.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t matter the company that issues your rental, as long as the car is safe and suitable for your family. Skip the big name car rental companies and go with a smaller company. To illustrate, a recent online search for a midsize car rental showed an average daily rate between $55 and $61 from major car rental companies, such as <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10563915">Avis</a>, Enterprise, and Hertz. However, car renters who booked through <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-9468569">Fox Rent a Car</a> were able to snag the same sized vehicles for just $12 a day. Rates were before taxes, insurance, and other fees.</p> <h2>2. Search for Promotional Codes</h2> <p>If you&#39;re a frequent flier, own an <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-11505255">Entertainment Book</a>, or belong to an organization such as AAA, you may have access to promotional or discount codes that can reduce daily rates on your car rental. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-aaa-discounts?ref=seealso">Awesome AAA Discounts</a>)</p> <p>You can search codes online for a particular rental company, or call up your credit card company or AAA and ask about eligible codes. And the best part is that some rental car companies let you combine a discount code with a promo code for additional savings.</p> <h2>3. Avoid the Airport Rental Counter</h2> <p>It&#39;s certainly convenient to book your car rental through the airport if you&#39;re flying into your destination. However, there is a price for convenience. To save money on your car rental, book your rental through an off-airport location, and then take a shuttle or taxi there.</p> <h2>4. Return the Car Where You Got It</h2> <p>Returning a rental car to a different location may seem like a minor move. But to the rental company, it&#39;s a huge deal, as they&#39;ll have to drive the car back to its original location &mdash; which translates into extra fees for you.</p> <p>The exact cost for a one-way rental will vary by car rental company. Just to give you an idea of what to expect, while on vacation two years ago, I asked to drop off my car rental at the airport location, although I originally picked up the vehicle from an off-airport location. The distance between the two facilities was only about 20 minutes. However, the car rental company wanted to charge me an additional $100. Needless to say, I returned the car to the original location</p> <h2>5. Reserve a Smaller Car and Negotiate an Upgrade at Check-In</h2> <p>A midsize car or an SUV may be spacious, but do you really need it? If you don&#39;t need the extra space, you&#39;re simply paying more for nothing.</p> <p>When booking, go with a smaller car to save on the rental, and then try your hand at an upgrade once you check-in at the counter. This trick has worked twice for us. Simply ask. The clerk will either say yes or no. If it&#39;s a slow weekend or week and there&#39;s plenty of cars in stock, you may find yourself with a larger car for less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/negotiate-all-your-travel-the-ultimate-guide?ref=seealso">How to Negotiate All Your Travel</a>)</p> <h2>6. Skip Car Rental Insurance</h2> <p>Sure, it provides peace of mind in the event that you damage the vehicle. But if you already have auto insurance, there&#39;s no reason to purchase supplementary insurance offered by the car rental company. Your personal auto insurance policy <em>should</em> provide coverage whether you&#39;re driving your personal vehicle or a rental car. Your credit card probably does, too. Check your policies for coverage amounts and limits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-myths-about-car-insurance?ref=seealso">Myths About Car Insurance</a>)</p> <h2>7. Book in Advance</h2> <p>Booking your car rental online or over the telephone prior to your trip locks in your rate. Unknown to some people, car rentals are usually cheaper when the company has a lot of cars in stock. For this reason, you should not wait until the last minute to book your reservation. By waiting until the last minute, there&#39;s a chance that the rental company will have a limited stock, and since there&#39;s a greater demand for vehicles, this will drive up your rate.</p> <h2>8. Prepay for Your Car Rental</h2> <p>When booking a car rental, the company will ask for a credit card number to hold your reservation, but they won&#39;t charge your card at this time. However, if you agree to prepay for your car rental, you can save as much as 20%. Unfortunately, if you were to cancel your reservation, the car rental company may charge a cancellation fee between $10 and $50.</p> <h2>9. Plan Your Trip Around the Weekends</h2> <p>The way car rental companies determine rates can be a bit tricky, but in some instances, including a Saturday or Sunday in your reservation can help drive down your final price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways?ref=seealso">14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a>)</p> <p>&quot;The strategy takes advantage of lower prices aimed at leisure travelers who are more likely to travel on weekends,&quot; said Marty Paz, a telecommunications manager from Las Vegas.</p> <p>If you&#39;re planning a four or five-day trip, rather than book the trip for a Monday to Thursday, perhaps you can plan a Thursday to Sunday or a Friday to Monday trip.</p> <h2>10. Read the Fine Print</h2> <p>Make sure you understand the car rental agreement and what&#39;s expected of you before you drive off the rental lot. The car rental company will undoubtedly require that you refill the gas tank, and if you fail to put gas in the tank, they&#39;ll charge you a ridiculously inflated per gallon price. Additionally, there may be an extra charge to use the car&#39;s GPS or the satellite radio.</p> <p><em>Do you have another trick to help pay less for a car rental? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-your-next-car-rental-without-even-trying-hard">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some fantastic articles on buying a used rental car, learning to ski or snowboard for less, and saving on health insurance.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-buy-a-used-rental-car/">How to Buy a Used Rental Car</a> &mdash; Buying a used rental car will get you better prices than you would get at a car dealer. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/learn-to-ski-or-snowboard-for-less-in-january/">Learn to ski or snowboard for less in January</a> &mdash; Want to learn to ski or snowboard for less? Take advantage of discounted and free instruction during Learn to Ski &amp; Snowboard Month! [Living On The Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/save-money-on-health-insurance/">5 Ways to Save Money on Health Insurance</a> &mdash; Avoiding the emergency room is one way to save money on health insurance. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/tips-for-buying-and-selling-college-textbooks/">Tips for Buying and Selling College Textbooks</a> &mdash; When buying and selling textbooks, remember to take good care of your book so it gets the best value when you go to sell it. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/becoming-your-own-financial-expert/">The Secret to Becoming Your Own Financial Expert in 2013</a> &mdash; If you want to become your own financial expert in 2013, remember that expertise takes time and consistent action. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2012/12/four-questions-to-ask-before-moving-out-on-your-own.html">Four Questions to Ask Before Moving Out on Your Own</a> &mdash; Before you move out on your own, take into consideration if you have steady, reliable employment. [Not Made of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/10/10jan04b.cfm#.UOHWbY57PIY">A Spending Plan for Frugal Living</a> &mdash; It's important to tailor your spending plan to your needs and to adjust it as your life changes. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/why-personal-savings-is-critical/">Why Personal Savings is Critical</a> &mdash; Personal savings is critical because if you get a hefty bill in the mail, you want to be able to pay it off. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financefox.ca/4-avoidable-money-mistakes/">4 Avoidable Money Mistakes</a> &mdash; Not having enough insurance is a money mistake everyone can avoid. [Finance Fox]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/New-Years-Resolutions-Research-12966264">6 Tips To Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick</a> &mdash; To make your new year's resolutions stick, remember to stay positive! [SavvySugar]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-a-used-rental-car">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car">7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-a-car-service-plan-is-worth-it">How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-you-swap-your-car-for-a-bike">9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You Swap Your Car for a Bike</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-car-parts-that-are-safe-to-buy-used">9 Car Parts That Are Safe to Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-buy-used">8 Things You Should Always Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation best money tips buying car rental car used Tue, 01 Jan 2013 10:48:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 961780 at http://www.wisebread.com Yes You Can!: Travel With Ease and Without Guilt http://www.wisebread.com/yes-you-can-travel-with-ease-and-without-guilt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/yes-you-can-travel-with-ease-and-without-guilt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Thailand.jpg" alt="Thailand Dragon" title="Thailand Dragon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="160" height="240" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know you love it...travel, that is. But it&#39;s expensive--there&#39;s no way around that. Now, I&#39;m not against breaking the bank for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but here are some tips to make your money (and time!) go farther. </p> <p>1. You&#39;ve heard about it, but now it&#39;s here. <a href="http://www.virginamerica.com/va/home.do?method=virginAmerica" title="Virgin America">Virgin America</a> is <a href="http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2007/08/the_alpha_airline_for_budget_t.html" title=" Virgin Atlantic is Cool">cool</a>, but it&#39;s also driving rates down around the country. Get in line soon--once this get&#39;s out, the plush seats will be filled!</p> <p>2. Bring your own food. No, they&#39;re not going to tell you that you can bring your own food on a plane. But you know that lunch you pack for work most days? Well, if you make yourself one for the trip, you won&#39;t face the choice of shelling out at least $5 for a dry roll, some cheese, and an old chocolate, or starving. Too bad we can&#39;t make it a BYOB! </p> <p>3. Don&#39;t shop duty free...unless you&#39;ve done your homework. So you just couldn&#39;t avoid the 11 hour layover in Taipei...in the middle of the night. And the shops are colorful, and browsing gives you something to do. I know; I&#39;ve been there. But RESIST. Many duty free products are as expensive or <a href="http://budgettravel.about.com/cs/africantrains/a/dutyfree_2.htm" title="Duty free?">more expensive</a> than they are other places. If you think you might want to shop duty free, price your items other places before you get to the airport, just to be sure you&#39;re getting a deal. </p> <p>4. Renting a car just got cheaper. <a href="https://www.simplywheelz.com/carrental/index.jsp?bsc=t&amp;targetPage=reservationOnHomepage.jsp" title="Simply Wheelz">Simply Wheelz</a> is Hertz&#39; new discount car rental. With rates as low as $94 a week, it&#39;s definitely worth the time it takes to check out. Of course, conditions apply. But there&#39;s always the hope that they&#39;ll apply in your favor.</p> <p>5. Make it easier on your kids by doing whatever it is they&#39;ll need to make the flight easier. There are recommendations all over the internet, but the truth is that you know your kid and what he needs. So do it for him (you&#39;ll be happier and so will the people around you). And, if you&#39;re flying internationally, make sure you <a href="http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/baby/babytravel/1345004.html" title="International travel with children">buy them a ticket</a>! </p> <p>6. Check the security wait time before you go to the airport. Seriously, there&#39;s no need to get there and sit. <a href="http://www.flightstats.com/go/Airport/securityWaitTimes.do" title="TSA">TSA finally did something right</a>.</p> <p>7. Have some idea of what you want to see and do, and how you want to go about it. If you want to see two things next to each other, it&#39;s better to know that before you see either than two days after you&#39;ve seen one. Sure, things come up. You hear two locals talking and just have to see what the fuss is about. But for the most part, look at the guidebooks before you get there. If you&#39;re determining your trip by yourself, the airplane ride is a great place to do this.</p> <p>8. Get your passport early. </p> <p>9. Have fun! There are a million ways to make a trip miserable. Think about the time your aunt spent her entire vacation worrying about missing the flight home because of a transit strike or the time you missed all the good food in Mexico because you were afraid of Montezuma. Eat. Drink. Experience. The more memories you make, the less you will struggle with guilt over how much it cost. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yes-you-can-travel-with-ease-and-without-guilt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/teach-your-way-around-the-world">Teach Your Way Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-around-the-guidebook-techniques-for-researching-your-trip-without-spending-a-fortune">Getting Around the Guidebook: Techniques for Researching your Trip Without Spending a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-travel-anywhere">The Best Times of Year to Travel Anywhere</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong">5 Places to Travel While the Dollar Is Strong</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Art and Leisure frugal travel international travel rental car Virgin Atlantic yes you can Wed, 08 Aug 2007 16:25:38 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 970 at http://www.wisebread.com