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Understanding the accurate car rental price in Costa Rica is notoriously difficult, and I’ve spent hours figuring out how to get the cheapest price. My favorite method, Costco Travel, doesn’t work with rental cars in San Jose, Costa Rica, so I had to find another method.
I looked on sites like Hotwire, and ended up booking direct with Alamo Car Rental. My total for the ~10 days was ~$179. Sounds pretty good, right? The cost quoted on the website DOES NOT include insurance, and insurance will add hundreds of dollars to the rental car cost. Buying insurance in Costa Rica is not mandatory, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
I called my credit card company to see what insurance was included and what isn’t. Collision Damage Waiver-Theft Protection insurance IS included in the car rental coverage, but no other coverage is included. Having my credit card saved me $129.50 in Collision Damage Waiver-Theft Protection insurance. If you’d like to check if your credit card is included, check out our Best Credit Cards for Car Rentals post.
I’m always happy when I can use some of the lesser-known benefits of my credit card. Have you used the car insurance benefit on your card? What tips do you have to share?