Despite consolidation in the car rental market, consumers have yet to be hit by huge price increases. While there are fewer cars to rent, most travelers can still find the cars they need at prices they can afford. With a little advanced planning, travelers can turn a major expense into a relative bargain.
To get the most out of your travel dollars, use the following 10 tips to save money on your next car rental.
1) Even if you have a reservation, don’t stop looking. Since most car rental companies don’t charge change or cancellation fees, don’t stop looking for a better deal until you find yourself at the car rental counter. As you find cheaper prices, make new reservations and cancel the old ones.
2) Use car rental search engines. Websites like Expedia, Hotwire, and Kayak are great sources for cheap cars. Use them to compare rates side-by-side. After you’ve found a few potential rentals, check rental company websites to see if any additional conditions (like mileage restrictions) apply. While you’re there, take the opportunity to look for a hotel coupon.
3) Look for coupons. Both paper and electronic coupons can save you money on … Read the rest