Category Archives: Budget

Cheap Car Rentals: Part 12 – Do You Know How To Get The Lowest Price For Drivers Under 25 Years Old?

Rental car companies charge more for drivers who are under the age of 25 than those over the age of 25.  And drivers under 21 years find it very hard to rent cars by themselves.  Blame it on the statistics!

Statistics show that drivers under the age of 25 have more accidents.  So car rental companies charge more for drivers 25 years or younger.  You also have to be at least 21 years to rent a car from most companies, except in Michigan and New York where state law bans this practice.

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She’s Happy Because She Didn’t Pay Extra Fees For Renting a Car!

But young drivers pay for the privilege of renting a car by paying surcharges ranging from $14 to $73 a day! Continue reading

Cheap Car Rentals: Part 10 – Why Everyone Should Sign-Up For Frequent Car Rental Programs

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Enrolling in car rental frequent renter programs (such as Avis Preferred or Budget FastBreak) is quick, free, and easy.

The biggest benefit of these free programs is skipping the long line at the rental counter at the airport and going straight to your car.

You can also earn free rental credits and/or miles.  Award Wallet is a great tool which will store your rental car program information!

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Skip The Lines For Free At Airports When You Enroll In Frequent Car Rental Programs


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News You Can Use – 10,000 Club Carlson Points & More…

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1.  Earn 10,000 Club Carlson Per Two-Night Reservation

Loyalty Lobby reports that Club Carlson has a 10,000 points bonus for each stay of 2 or more consecutive nights, from May 13, 2013 to July 21, 2013Registration is required before the stay, and can be done here.

Club Carlson 10,000 Points Promotion

Club Carlson Two Nights 10,000 Points Promotion

Per the Terms and Conditions, the rate booked must be eligible for earning points, so reservations made through third-party sites like Priceline or Orbitz may not be eligible.

Club Carlson is the hotel loyalty program for Country Inns and Suites, Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson,  and Park Plaza, so points you earn can be redeemed at any of these hotels.

2.  Rental Car Promotions

Deals We Like highlights a boatload carload of current rental promotions for Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz. Continue reading

Cheap Car Rentals: Finding The Most You Should Pay With Hotwire & Costco Travel

Having Big Travel with Small Money and getting almost free flights and hotel stays is great, but sometimes you’d like an almost free car rental.  Or learn where to find the lowest priced car rental.

So I’ll share my tips & tricks on saving money with car rentals over the next few weeks!

Hotwire & Costco Travel

There are lots of sites to check for rental cars, but I find that Hotwire and Costco Travel are useful to see the most which a savvy rental car shopper should pay.  So I start off by checking those two sites for car rental rates and then see if I can find cheaper rates elsewhere.  However, Hotwire bookings can’t be cancelled or refunded, so I almost never make a booking via Hotwire since I can usually get a refundable rate elsewhere.

Thanks to Rapid Travel Chai for steering me to Costco Travel!

The table below compares the price of three separate rental car reservations made on the same day.

  • ~6 days in Tampa, Florida
  • ~1 day during the week in New York (LaGuardia)
  • ~7 days in Mauii, Hawaii
 ~6 Days Rental in Tampa~1 Day Rental in New York (La Guardia)~7 Days Rental in MauiCancellation Policy
Hotwire$286$131-$362 Economy Sedan
-$487 SUV
VERY Restrictive. No refunds, cancellations or modifications after booking.
Costco Travel$330$117- $401 Sedan
- $386 SUV
Can cancel, change, or no-show with no penalty
WinnerHotwireCostco TravelTie

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