The Best Ranking Car Rental Companies In The U.S. Are…

There’s a lot of stress that comes with traveling. You have to get through the security checkpoint and then hang out in an airport or airport lounge that’s way too crowded and may be going through a huge renovation. Unless you have first class or business class, you’re jammed into a plane. Hotels have also made for less happy experiences, especially if you’re into the points & miles thing, by changing the rules about stays, or, well, I can just say #Bonvoyed and most people reading this will understand what I mean.

However one aspect of travel has continued to increasingly make for relatively high satisfaction levels – that of car rental companies.

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Credit Card Review: American Express Platinum

The American Express Platinum Card is one of the “Big Three” premium travel cards. The AMEX Platinum, along with the Citi Prestige and the Chase Sapphire Reserve all earn flexible award points which you can transfer to many different travel partners.

You can sign up for the American Express Platinum card by using our referral link and we receive a bonus for everyone who gets the card. Thanks!

Since the Sapphire Reserve has kept the same benefits since its introduction and Citi is acting bipolar with their offerings, what about the Platinum Card. Time to give it a look once again.

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‘Tis The Season For Cheap One-Way Car Rentals – Prices Start As Low As $9.99/Day!

Just like clockwork, every autumn, migrations to Florida and Arizona happen. Except it’s not snowbirds, or even real birds, that are migrating.

It’s rental cars.

While it’s cold in much of the rest of the country, it stays toasty warm in Florida and Arizona, so, of course, a lot of people flock to those states during the winter months. Lots of those tourists will want to rent cars, so instead of bringing them here by the truckload, the car rental companies make it financially lucrative for customers to drive their cars from up north to select cities in the Sunshine State and the Grand Canyon State.

And the time of the year that they do this is now.

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AAA Membership Provides More Than Roadside Assistance – They Save You Money On Travel!

AAA. It’s a name synonymous with travel. Most people associate them with the roadside assistance they provide when you have car trouble. But they also provide many other services, some travel-related and others that seem to have nothing to do with automobiles.

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For me, my first knowledge of AAA was their  TripTik®  maps. When we were going on a road trip, we’d tell AAA where we were going and they’d give us a road map with a route highlighted. For an obsessive planner, this was heaven. I remember looking at these things way before I could drive.

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Times change and as you know, getting a map to your destination is now as easy as looking at your car’s GPS or pulling up an app on your phone.

Even though we no longer need the maps, I still have my membership and have no intention of getting rid of it. I use my AAA card for several other purposes:

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I Like Being Able To Choose My Rental Car But I Hate Choosing A Rental Car

I remember back when I first was a National Car Rental Emerald Club member. That status gave me the privilege of booking a midsize car and being able to book any car parked in the Emerald Aisle. No more having to take the car they assigned me, I had the power to pick whichever car I wanted.

I remember renting an Oldsmobile Bravada just because I could.

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OK, stop being jealous. Who wouldn’t want to rent this car?

Flash forward and National isn’t the only car rental company that lets you pick from the lot. They don’t even require you to have any type of status to be able to pick your own car anymore.

Here are some of the car rental company policies for choosing your own car:

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