And in the blink of an eye, we’re already well into the first week of September. Time goes by so quickly! Anyway, here are our most popular posts for August 2019. Some of them were actually written before August (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
We’ve had Sirius and/or XM Radio subscriptions in our cars for over a decade. Needless to say, when we’re renting a car for a road trip, we want to bring our radio stations with us. That usually meant searching through all the cars in the rental lot to find one with functional Satellite Radio. This was one of the only things I liked about being able to pick my own car.
If you wanted to pay Alamo for SiriusXM, you’d pay $5.99 per day, $24.99 per week, or $49.98 maximum for 30 days.
Turns out, this is now a non-issue.
When renting a car, Sharon and I always try to pick one that has SiriusXM Satellite Radio. We’re familiar with the channels and know which ones we like. There’s no need to try to find a new station when you drive outside of the range for the FM station it took 20 minutes to find. Sure, we have our discussions about what to listen to. Sharon’s more into On Broadway or 80’s on 8 while I’m more into The Blend and The Highway. We manage to get along with the rule the one who’s driving gets to pick the radio station (Sharon’s usually sleeping when I’m driving so she doesn’t care what’s on the radio anyway.) (Note from Sharon: True story! LOLOL!)
One thing we won’t do is pay for SiriusXM in a rental car. Depending on the rental car company, it costs between $5.99 to $7.99 a day and that’s too much to pay when I’m doing everything I can to save on a car rental in the first place.
While we’d never pay for SiriusXM in a rental car, many people are willing to pay for the convenience. Heads up that if you’re renting a car between now and June 4, 2019, and paying for SiriusXM, you’re wasting your money. Here’s why…
Remember the time when radio was free? True, we had to listen to commercials but that was a little price to pay to listen to the same 10 songs over and over and over again.
Today, we can listen to whatever music we want, wherever we want. At home, at work, in the car, at the gym or even when while traveling anywhere around the world, our music is only as far away as our connected device. This convenience comes at a price, a subscription (or multiple subscriptions) to music streaming services. Isn’t that worth not having to listen to annoying commercials or that one song that’s amazingly popular but you just can’t stand?
Like any recurring expense, you should be trying to maximize the rewards you earn for all the money you spend on online music subscriptions and satellite radio. There used to be one card to rule them all in this category, and it doesn’t even have an annual fee.
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