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How to get Deals that will put a SMILEY on your face

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First let me disclose that I am a HUGE fan of Enterprise.com

I’ve tried them all — Hertz, Avis (by far my least favorite), Budget, National and more…

Second — I am a hacker. I have for years found the kink in the armor, the angle, to get the most out of the system.

I’m a trailblazer so sometimes what I discover becomes abused and evolved.

Things are moving so fast now that nothing stays the same.

But there are patterns that repeat themselves. Let me enlighten you to Enterprise’s.

I’m going to share with you the secret to take over the system to your advantage.

Now these tips may not work in ALL markets. I’m sharing my experience in my local Florida market which has massive inventory and also from my travels in California, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Europe and way more.

I’m sharing my experience in my local Florida market which has massive inventory and also from my travels in California, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Europe and way more.

So let’s get started:

Best day to pick up a car for a weekly rental? Thursday
Prices spike Friday and Monday

Best way to get a free upgrade?
Book economy as close as possible to the closing time.
Risky is safe — If no economy cars are available?
You may get the upgrade.

I remember when the branch manager asked…

“I only have a brand new $60,000 all decked out truck — it’s a bit of a gas guzzler, I apologize but will that work for you?”

“It’s a bit more than I was willing to pay for gas… but – ok 😉

$125 per week? Unlimited miles? No maintenance?

The regular rate is $750 per week in this local market and $0.25 per mile after 450.

Best to rent from the airport or in town?

Actually depends — If you’re going to stay in town then you may get a better rate from a local office. You’ll need a major credit card.

If you’re driving from one city to another? You’re better off picking and dropping off at the airport locations.

From Pensacola local to ATL airport one way — one day rental was around $120.
From Pensacola airport to ATL airport one way — one day rental? $25!

Now this opens up ATL to Pensacola travelers with a 4.5 hours drive.

A one way rental back from ATL to PNS is around $60.

So quick recap:

– Reserve economy
– Show as close as possible to closing time
– Don’t be a jerk (Just thought of that one…)
– Book on Thursday’s

I hope some of my tips help you get the best deals on rentals wherever you are.

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Nick

Nick enjoys tech, travel & flying drones. When he's not writing code or articles, he enjoys playing guitar and volleyball. His two favorite places are Thailand and Ecuador.

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