Category Archives: Rental Cars

Is Free Parking for Overnight Hotel Guests Going Extinct?

Is Free Parking for Overnight Hotel Guests Going Extinct?

Paying to park when staying overnight at a hotel has long been commonplace in heavily populated areas like downtown Chicago, New York City, or San Francisco. Travelers, though, were able to park their vehicles for free at most other locations, though, adding to the savings of driving to their destination. For my family, it also made the decision to rent a car fairly simple as we preferred the convenience of having our own transportation. It appears, however, free parking for overnight hotel guests is disappearing. Continue reading

Does Having a Reservation Mean You'll Have a Rental Car When the Time Comes?

Do You Know Your Rights and Limitations When It Comes to Overbooking Travel Issues? Part 3 – Rental Cars

Even Jerry Seinfeld had an issue with a rental car company overbooking. Remember this episode?

Jerry: I don’t understand. Do you have my reservation?
Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.
Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation.
Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.
Jerry: I don’t think you do. You see, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them. Continue reading

Using a Bank-Issued Debit Card to Rent a Car

No Credit Card Needed - Renting a Car with a Bank-Issued Debit CardWhether by choice or because they can’t, many people don’t have a credit card. I am one of them. Oh, I get credit card offers in the mail all the time, but it has now been so long since I’ve had one (years), I just no longer see the need. My bank-issued debit cards (all with the VISA or MasterCard logo, not prepaid) allow me to shop online, and it’s obvious that I manage to travel quite well just using those. The trickiest part I’ve found with debit card only travel is renting a car, but in most places, it can be done. Continue reading