Renting a car can be one of your largest expenses when traveling, but it doesn’t have to be. Many times people think that once they have reserved a car that is the best they are going to get. By being an involved planner in your trips whether it is for business or personal, you can save lots of money by just know a few tips and investing a little extra time.
Myth #1- The “one stop shop” sites will give me the lowest prices available on the internet!
What I am referring to when I say the “one stop shop” sites are websites such as travel.yahoo.com or even southwest.com. These are a great way to start your search but don’t expect them to have the cheapest price. I usually start with one of these sites and then based on that outcome I go to the individual car rental sites. I have saved hundreds of dollars on a single trip by checking the actual sites to compare. Dollar Rental Car is a company I see the most differences. On the “one stop shop” sites they will have their current price, but often when you go to their individual site you will find an option to check “city specials”, these usual can save anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars as I have found.
Myth #2- I can’t use a corporate code or a discount code without actually having an actual coupon!
There are many websites out there that offer discount code. The one I use most often is retailmenot.com. If you play around with different code combinations you can save big. Also, most companies have discount codes established with various companies for use not only for business travel but also personal travel. Check out your employee discounts page if available.
Myth #3- Once a make a reservation I can’t take advantage of future lower prices!
With most car reservations, they are almost all cancellable with no fees. This is a great benefit, don’t pass it up. I generally check any future reservations once a week from when I originally booked it to when it is actually for. This way I can take advantage of price reductions that occur as demand fluctuations for my destination change. One rule of thumb though is always have something booked, that way if prices start to climb you are already locked into a rate.
These three tips have been the most effective for me when searching for the best price on rental cars for all my trips. I hope that you have the same success I have with saving money when travelling.
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