Happy Saturday, friends. Sharon’s busy baking the first batch of Christmas cookies for the season, so I’m here writing the weekly recap. I’m not gonna complain because her cookies are really yummy.
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When you rent a car anywhere in the U.S.A., you will always encounter some charges tacked on to the cost of the actual rental. Taxes. Fees. Surcharges. Upcharges. You know what I mean. If you’re going to be on any toll roads during your rental period, you should know ahead of time what the charges will be for tolls, especially if you’re going to be on a toll road that doesn’t take cash (a situation that is happening more and more often). Not following each rental car company’s respective rules for same could potentially gain you extra penalties that could run from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Here’s the rundown on what to expect:
Continue reading “Learn What You May Have To Pay For Toll Roads BEFORE Renting A Car”
We don’t rent cars all that often. We’ve become much more comfortable with taking public transportation to/from the airport and then using Uber/Lyft/Taxi to get around whatever city or town we’re in. This year, we only needed a rental car on four of our trips and those were when we were going to places where public transportation did not (like when we went to South of the Border).
So why was it that on 50% of our trips, there were no cars when we got to the rental car counter/garage? Continue reading “Dude, Where’s My (Rental) Car?”
Did you know that taking a different flight may save you money on your rental car? It can, because of the way car rental companies figure out your final bill. Unlike other reservations, like hotels, your car rental is calculated using a 24 hour clock. Here’s how that can make a big difference in the price of your rental.
Continue reading “Timing Your Flights To Save Money On Your Rental Car”
I’m a big fan of National Car Rental’s Emerald Aisle program. I’ve been a member for 20 years now (Ugh, Really? 20 years?) For all that time and for all those rentals, I’ve never earned a single rental credit with National. I’ve earned frequent flyer miles for my rentals instead. For my travels, I just don’t rent cars often enough so it would take me forever to earn a free rental day.
National gives you 1 rental credit for each rental. If you rent a car for more than a week, you can earn extra credits. Here’s a breakdown of the earning for longer rentals since this information isn’t easily found on National’s website. It took some digging and I’m not surprised they want to keep this a secret:
Continue reading “Should You Earn Rental Credits or Frequent Flyer Miles for National Car Rentals?”
I’ve been renting cars for over 20 years. I’ve seen many of the tricks and know how to avoid many of them. I sign up for the car rental programs so I don’t have to go through the pitch for insurance coverage. I always decline the prepaid fuel purchase because that’s for suckers. However with all my knowledge, I was almost caught in a trap when returning a car to the airport. How’d they get me? Read on…
Continue reading “Beware of This Car Rental Nightmare”
Joe and I love Silvercar. We’ve rented with them whenever we’re able, not just because they have really cool cars, but because they make renting from them SO darn easy. So when Silvercar announced they were expending into Orlando, we were thrilled, not so much for ourselves (I mean, we live here, y’know?), but for all our friends and family who come to Orlando for vacation or on business, who would soon be able to rent a Silvercar while they were in town. And as of this past Monday, they’re open for business here in Orlando!
Continue reading “Welcome To Orlando, Silvercar! PLUS a Silvercar Sweepstakes!”