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Save on Subsequent Rentals by Joining a Loyalty Program

Jul 24, 2008
Are you researching car rental rates and specials? There are a number of specials and gimmicks advertised on T.V. and the internet. The market is very competitive and some gimmicks are downright ridiculous. It?s best to find the lowest rate with the most perks. Here are some tips to searching for cheap car rentals from reputable companies.

What?s In a Name?

There are many nationwide car rental companies known in the travel industry such as Avis, Hertz and National. Some have names that imply they are less expensive than the others such as Payless, Dollar and Budget Rent A Car. These companies target a budget minded customer but they are not always the cheapest. Many times other car rental companies have the same or lower rates. It?s best to search all available car rental companies regardless of their marketing scheme.

Email Alerts

Many car rental companies reserve the best deals for customers who book directly through them. Visit the company?s website to view specials and virtual coupons. You should also sign up for email alerts. The rental company will send you an email when they have a special offer. They may also send you coupons that can save you money or entitle you to a free rental day or free upgrade.

Loyalty Programs

It?s also a good idea to sign up for a rental car company?s loyalty program, especially if you?ll be renting frequently in the future. Not only will you receive email alerts for promotions but you?ll also get special discounts that only loyalty program members are entitled. After you?ve rented a few times, you will receive perks on subsequent rentals such as free upgrades and free options such as GPS. You?ll also be able to take advantage of special lines for VIP customers for fast car pickup and drop off.

Small Car Rental Companies

The large rental chains have the most loyal customers and have a large number of locations and variety of vehicles but they don?t always offer the best rest. Many times small rental offices have better rates. You?ll have to weigh the price benefit with the other downsides. They usually aren?t located right at the airport, their car selection is poor and not guaranteed and their service can be lacking. Smaller companies also don?t usually have a loyalty program which may not matter if you don?t intend on renting frequently.

Also take a good look at the contract. Most of the large car rental chains include standard services such as roadside assistance with the rental price. If you?re renting from a small company then ask if they offer the service for a fee.

Whether you choose a large chain or small ?mom and pop? rental car company, carefully look over the contract and the estimated total price before signing. There are always hidden costs that you need to be aware of before driving away.
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Johnathan Bakers published largely for http://www.alicante-spain.com , an online site with topics around rep jobs in spain . His contributions on careers in spain are found on his website .
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