canada goose 10 Tips To Get The Most From Car Rentals Brian Kelly, The Points Guy Jun. 6, 2012, 12:40 AM Flickr / prayitnoThe summer driving season is upon us, and with gas prices so high, I thought it would be helpful to put together this list of the top 10 ways to save on car rentals so you can get where you need to go without emptying your bank account to get there. 1. Continuously check for lower rates: Most car rental reservations are cancellable up until the last minute canada goose jackets , so even after you make your reservation, be sure to check back over time and use different coupon codes and discount codes to see how low you can go. Another great way to make sure you get the lowest rate possible is to book through Autoslash, a website where you can make car rental reservations through several of the major agencies. However, unlike other aggregate sites, this one will automatically check for better rates based on your reservation every day and will automatically rebook you at lower price levels if better rates become available. Just note, Thrifty and Hertz are no longer supported on Autoslash, so if either of those is your program of choice, you’ll have to do your own homework. Key tip:Priceline and Hotwire are very good at finding deeply discounted car rental rates. However, these reservations are generally non-refundable and you don’t earn miles on rentals made through them. The savings can be so steep that this is totally worth it, though. As always, do your math before you commit. 2. Discount code, discount code, discount code! Car rental prices can be deeply discounted for members of frequent flyer programs, corporate travelers, AAA subscribers and even members of AARP, so do some internet research and play around with different discount codes, which are easily Google-able. I don’t want to get into the ethics of using a corporate discount rate, but in my hundreds of legitimate car rentals, I’ve never been asked to verify my discount code or employer. 3. Rent from a non-airport location: It might be a little less convenient if you’re flying somewhere and renting a car, but airport car rental agencies tack on a concession fee for rentals originating and/or ending at airport locations. This can be up to 10% of your rental cost, so picking up your car elsewhere can save you a huge chunk of change, even if it does require a short taxi ride. 4. Check out weekend and weekly rates: Depending on where you are renting a car, weekend rates can be much lower than renting a car during the week, so if you have flexibility in your travel plans, check out the dates before and after you plan to travel and see when the lowest rates are available. Not only that, but sometimes you can score super-low weekly rates on rentals that can actually be lower than just renting a vehicle for 3-4 days, and then you can just return the car early with no penalty, so be sure to research all your options. 5. Be savvy about your gas: Never take the pre-fill option, which assumes you will bring the car back on empty and pre-charges you for a tank of gas. Even though the rate might be slightly lower than what you can buy gas for at a station

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