Book now, pay later
“Renting a car is one of the last remaining travel reservations you can make with no prepayment; in most cases, it doesn’t even require a credit card,” says Bill Androckitis Jr., Owner, Touring Central Florida. “Book the best rate you can find, then keep checking your preferred rental company for better rates.” The same company may offer different specials or change prices based on the rental location. “It’s not uncommon to see greatly reduced rates in the weeks right before your desired rental period as the company wants to rent out as many vehicles as possible,” says Androckitis. (Find out the 11 secrets travel booking companies don’t want you to know.)
Don’t book on these days
When you’re traveling for leisure, you’re competing for car rentals with business travelers. “I definitely try to avoid Sunday and Monday, as these days may have limited inventory because the regular corporate clients have a standard contract that guarantees them a car,” says Annette White, travel blogger at Bucket List Journey.