Ready to hit the road this summer? You’d better get booking!
The busy summer vehicle rental season is about to begin, and so prices are expected to climb up. From earl y June all through the end of August, these rates will spike up. Just last July, as an example, the average rate of an airport rental compact car booked for 7 days ahead was $369.62. That’s about 56% more than the $236.73 charged in March, according to Abrams Travel Data Index. Now here are a few tips to keep those costs down.
Don’t be too brand-conscious. Look beyond other big car rental chains like Avis, Hertz, or Thrifty and try to look at agencies like, Payless, CarRentals.com, Lansing Limo Service, usually you can scrimp on cost by 15-30 percent compared to the big mainstream companies. Another company that’s unfamiliar to most US citizens is the German company Sixt, who started branches in southeastern United States out to Miami, Atlanta, Florida, and Orlando. In order to boost brand awareness, Sixt offers great discounts like a Mercedes C-class at $39 a day in near end of May at airport location in Orlando. Based from recent research, the lowest rate offered by Hertz for the same time was $50.57 per day, and that’s for a Kia Rio or similar cars.
Dig deep for online discounts. Try to look for discount coupons or vouchers on sites like CouponWinner.com, or simply Google the name if the vehicle rental company and “coupon code” and see what you’ll get. Often, car rental companies offer discount coupons to members with flier programs. And also to other organizations they are in partnership with. Organizations like Costco, BJ’s, AAA, so you might want to check on those sites if you’re already a member.
Try to avoid the airport. Off-airport locations are usually cheaper than airport locations. Car rental service via airport location tends to be 30 percent more than off-airport price. For example, a compact car rental from Hertz was recently listed at $50.49 a day, and $219 a week with taxes at Carrentals.com. By just simply taking the subway and walking a few blocks you can scrimp on cost up to $39.98 per day; that’s $146 with taxes for one week. Plus you get yourself an exercise, too.