Unless you have your own plane and pilot’s license, chances are that you are going to experience a delay at the airport. Sometimes it’s due to weather, other times there’s a mechanical issue with the plane, and still other times there will be delays that seemingly no one can explain. Most of the time these delays are fairly short and really no big deal, but if you are arriving at a late hour, it could impact your rental car reservations.
Of course if your destination is Chicago O’Hare, JFK or LAX, you don’t need to worry about the time because the rental car counters at those airports are open 24 hours a day. But if you are flying into Idaho Falls, then it’s a different story. The rental car counters at smaller airports are open based on the scheduled flight times at that location, so if the last flight of the day lands at 8 p.m. then the rental car counters might close at 9 p.m. While the rental car agents do monitor flights and will often stay late if the last flight of the day is delayed, that might not always be the case when a flight is seriously delayed. So if it looks like your flight is going to be more than two hours late, it can be a good idea to call the rental car company just to double check that someone will be there. You can try calling their toll-free number first, and then call the local rental car office as well. Sometimes a quick phone call can save you from a big headache after you land.
Most people book their airfare first and then start shopping for the best rental car deals, but in many cases it makes sense to reverse that order. Let’s say you are taking a trip to New York City and you find that airfare is a little cheaper at JFK as compared to LaGuardia or Newark airports. But if you save $20 on the flight and then spend $100 more than you have to on a rental car, then you really didn’t save any money at all. So anytime you are flying to an area that has multiple airports, make sure you check RentaCarNow.com to get an idea of how the rental car rates compare at each location and then use that information when you are deciding which airport to fly into. You can sometimes find significant differences that will more than offset any difference in airfare.
If you are flying somewhere without an alternative airport, it makes sense to check other rental locations that are located close to the airport. Sometimes you’ll find that a location just a few miles from the airport can save you 25% or more on a rental car, especially when you consider those locations won’t have the extra fees and taxes that airport locations often charge. And while it might be a little inconvenient to take a taxi to pick up a rental car from the airport, it might well be worth it if that $20 taxi ride saves you $100 on your rental car.
Whether you are a seasoned traveler or getting ready to make your first trip in a long time, you are probably familiar with many of the standard rental car types: compact, mid-size, full-size, luxury, SUV, etc. But one thing even frequent travelers often don’t know is that you might want to change up the class of car you reserve depending on where you are renting. Why is that? Read on for another car rental tip from RentACarNow.com.
First off, this tip is not going to help you if you are traveling with a large group or bringing the kids along. It also won’t work if you are flying to a major airport, like JFK or LAX. But if you are traveling alone or with just one other person, it sometimes makes sense to reserve a compact or the smallest car possible (which is almost always the least expensive), especially if you are flying to an airport in a smaller city or renting from a small, non-airport location. The reason for this is that most small rental locations have only a handful of compact cars on the lot, so if there’s not one available when you get there, then they will need to upgrade you to a higher class of car without any additional charge. Of course this doesn’t work every time, and sometimes you’ll actually end up with the compact car you reserved. But in that case, you can still enjoy your trip knowing that you got the lowest rental car rate available and you won’t be spending much on gas. And you can always ask about moving up to a larger class of car when you get to the rental car counter after they tell you that they have a compact car for you.