If you’re moving for a while or going for a long trip to a new city, there’s a chance you might be needing car rental services. It’s actually a pretty straightforward process but we’ve outlined a few tips below to help you save time and money!
If you're a frequent renter you will definitely need to join your preferred companies loyalty program. Joining a loyalty program means you get points for every rental you make with that specific company. These loyalty points then turn into perks such as free upgrades, discounts, short-notice availability and more. Many companies also email out useful coupons for discounts and even free rental opportunities for members only. The more points you acquire the higher your status which results in more rewards.
Coupons and discounts
An obvious alternative but often overlooked. A short google search will help you find many coupons and discounts for major car rental programs. Many times, certain car rental services will also offer you discounts if you sign up for their newsletters on their website. Some providers even let you combine discounts which really help lower the price.
Know your options
Whenever you go for a car rental in a new city, most of the major providers are located in the airport. It’s convenient if you need the service right away but renting a car at the airport is expensive. You might want to get a taxi on the first day and look for more affordable options which will save you money in the long run. Another alternative is to look for a pre-arrival rent option.
Another big saving opportunity is declining the car rental insurance, several personal car insurance providers also offer protection against your rental car. Many times you can use the coverage for your personal vehicle onto your rental vehicle. Always check twice with your car insurance provider to make sure you really don’t need to get any additional insurance for your rental. If you use credit cards, there’s a possibility that you can get some rewards and extra protection by booking the car rental with your credit card.
You can never be too careful. It doesn’t hurt to reserve the car for a little extra time. Depending on the type of trip you’re doing, the extra could be a few hours or even another day. This way you avoid rushing and going through your the last day of travel with a tight schedule, you’ll find it helpful in case of flight delays. And as a friendly reminder, always check if the price offered includes taxes, so you won’t be surprised when the final bill shows up.
We hope you find these tips helpful whenever you plan your next trip. Once you’re set, consider corporate housing rentals for your short and long term stays. Orlando City Corporate Housing has housing specialists waiting to assist you with any questions you may have! Just fill out the contact form on our website and we will email you our housing availability. If you prefer, we are also available by phone at: 321-426-0441.