How To Snag A Rental Car Upgrade

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How do I get a better deal on rental cars when I travel?

How To Snag A Rental Car Upgrade

If you're planning on renting a car to get around while traveling, you probably want to know how you can get the most bang for your buck. After all, you don't want to spend all your funds on airfare and hotel accommodations, only to end up paying several hundred dollars for a rental car that can actually fit everyone, the car seat, and the luggage. You can get a free rental car upgrade just by knowing what to book and when. And you don't have to ask for it.

The best way to get a free upgrade is by booking the most popular model of car during the busiest time of the week. If you can deal with the economy class, book that one, since it's the cheapest and one of the first cars to be overbooked. Rental car companies will give you often give you a free upgrade if the car class you booked or sometimes the model you requested is not available. Here's the deal:

  • Rental car companies tend to overbook the car reservations and economy models are the first to go.
  • The most popular models of cars tend to be gone before the other models.
  • If you're traveling to a major city, you can get an upgrade during the middle of the day and early in the week. That's when a lot of business travelers tend to have rental cars.
  • If you're going to a resort destination, the best time to get an upgrade is on a Saturday afternoon, when most of their economy models are rented.



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