These days it’s not always easy to justify rental car expenses to employers. Between corporate rental companies with hidden fees and the growing use of rideshare programs, it can be hard for business travelers to navigate which options are really the best value for the journey ahead. When you’re on the road for work, a rental car still offers more reliability and comfort than the hamster wheel of constant ridesharing–and in most cities, it’s also still cheaper. Find out how to maximize your dollar on your next business rental with these tips.
Make Your Reservation Early
Do you tend to put off reserving your rental car until it’s time to start packing your bags? Consider picking up the phone as soon as you have your confirmed trip dates instead: rental prices start low and go up as departure dates get closer, so making that early reservation means you–and your boss–get the best rate possible. It makes you look like a prudent employee, and it’s also one less thing to worry about when it’s crunch time!
Designate a Driver
If you’re travelling with coworkers, plan ahead for who will drive. Though Savannah Car Rentals offers free additional drivers to all coworkers on business trips, many car rental agencies do routinely add on fees for additional drivers, so it’s best to decide ahead and stick to the plan to be cost efficient. (It’s a good idea to decide on a driver perk ahead of time: you want to make up for the driving fatigue and the comped drinks your coworker may miss out on.) You can spend the extra money on a fun upgrade with more room to spread out.
For Help Desk Discounts, Bigger Isn’t Better
Though big name rental companies may feel like no-brainers to business travelers, you’re actually more likely to get better deals at the help desk from small-to-midsize rental car companies. Bigger rental car companies can offer some standardization from one location to another, and while this can be comforting for corporate travelers, customer service tends to be standardized as well.
To get more value out of your rental, choose independent rental companies, as they’re incentivized to go above and beyond for individual customers. Always ask in person at the help desk if any deals for upgrades might apply to you. Some companies will even offer discounts for business travelers. And if anything should go wrong on your trip? You’ll be glad you chose a company with more responsive on-site customer service.
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