Vacation bargain hassle free 1: Finding rental car bargains

Happy holidays! After a long hiatus from blog, I’m back. The last few months have been a little crazy. Now I’m in sunny Orlando enjoying a much deserved vacation with family.

This will be a series of posts on how to travel in style and luxury without spending a ton of money or time. I follow some of the travel with points blog, I admire the length they would go to get the bargains. You guys know I’m all about finding good bargains without spending a ton of time. Frankly I don’t have the time or energy, what I do is quick and easy, good return for the amount of time I spend.

Over the years I have booked lots of rental cars, the easiest way I have found is to go through priceline.com.
1. Start with your itinerary, provide the necessary details on location, dates etc. Priceline will return u a list of prices across pretty much all the major rental car companies.
2. Sift through them to get a sense of price for the type of car you want to get. In this case, the going prices for full size rental car in Orlando was around $75/ day to $95/day.
3. You could select the lowest price vendor and call it a day here.
4. But don’t stop there, priceline offer you the option to negotiate. To me, car is a commodity, there is not much difference between same class of rental car from one vendor vs, another. The difference is around price, so use the negotiate feature. I usually offer around 50% -70% of the list price found to step 2. This time, I offered $46/day, and it was accepted by Budget. This price includes all the tax and fee which usually add another 20-30% on top of the list price.

So there you go, a few minutes of time and I saved well over $30/day, that’s over $200 per week. Be aware that this is a prepaid option with no cancellation or changes, so use it if you have firm plans.

Merry Christmas and enjoy time with friend ps and family.

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