How To Avoid Crazy Toll Charges When Renting A Car In Orlando (Updated August, 2019)

UPDATE July 15, 2019: The The Central Florida Expressway Authority is piloting a new automated toll payment solution for select visitors to Florida who are renting a car from the Orlando International Airport. This program allows car renters to refuse the rental car companies’ toll transponder, thereby saving them the cost of transponder and/or penalties – YOU ONLY PAY FOR THE TOLLS INCURRED. Click here for more info!

When you rent a car, there are almost always costs not included in the advertised price. Sales tax. Vehicle license recovery fee. Customer facility charge. Concession recovery fee. Parking surcharge. Insurance charge. An added fee if you’re under 25 years old. An added fee for additional drivers. Upcharges for satellite radio and car seats. Stuff like that. In Orlando, as is the case in other cities, the cost of a toll transponder is often quietly added on, as well. And folks, it ain’t cheap!
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Signing Up For Car Rental Programs, and What Each Program Will Give You

I’ve written in the past about how to sign up for frequent flyer programs and hotel programs. With each of those, you earn loyalty points or miles you can redeem in the future for flights or hotel nights. While some car rental companies also run loyalty programs that can earn you free rental days, the reason you should sign up for these programs is because of how much easier they make renting a car.

The thing I hate most about renting a car is the experience at the rental counter. It’s when, after usually waiting in a line, you get to talk to the car rental agent……. and then the sales pitches for an upgraded car, extra features (navigation, satellite radio), pre-paid gas and coverages begin. After denying (or accepting, I’m not one to judge) each one of these, I feel as if I had to make a deal just to rent the car I reserved for the price I agreed to pay. This is where registering for the loyalty program really pays off. You answer all of these questions in advance and certify these choices will apply to all your rentals unless you specify otherwise. Now when you walk to the counter, you simply hand over your drivers license and credit card and sign for the keys, or so they say. It’s easier to rent from some rental companies than others but enrolling in the rental company’s program will always make the process go along with fewer hiccups.

Here are the sign-up links for the major car rental loyalty programs including any perks that are included and if they award loyalty points.

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Good News From A Car Rental Company, Bad News From A Hotel Chain &, of course, “Naked Guy”

Happy Saturday friends and welcome to the weekend! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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Our Weekly Recap: 10/1/17 – 10/7/17

Hi y’all and welcome to the weekend! Here’s a quick recap of what we posted this past week:

Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

Like this post? We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just once or twice a day). Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!

Sign Up For The “One Two Free” Promotion from National Car Rental and Get a Free Day after Two Rentals

I usually don’t worry too much about earning car rental points. I sign up for all the programs but I’m not frequent enough of a renter to make it worthwhile to collect rental points, so I credit my rentals to earn airline miles instead.

However, the current promotion from National is one that can be useful if you’re going to rent a car from them at least twice between August 24, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

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