There are so many different ways to insure yourself when driving a rental car. You could buy collision damage waiver (CDW) insurance from the company you are renting from, you could buy collision insurance from a third party, or you can simply rely on your own personal auto-insurance or even the coverage offered to you by your credit card. Knowing which option is best for you, however, can mean all the difference between paying nothing to paying a premium for any damage occurred to the vehicle while you are driving it. If you’re wondering why purchase rental car insurance, consider the following:

What to Know About Credit Card Coverage

Many of the top credit card companies offer some sort of coverage, but this coverage is not universal and not always the best choice for many travelers. To start, there are exceptions that you might not know about. One credit card company might cover the use of popular SUVs like the Range Rover, while another one won’t. Similarly, if you are renting a vehicle for a long-term road trip, you might not be covered after so many consecutive days, which, if you don’t know, could end up costing you the full amount at the end of the trip if something were to happen.

You Have to Pay the Full Amount on Your Credit Card

Another dilemma with relying on your credit card’s auto coverage is that you must pay the full amount of the rental onto your card. For those with limited credit or poor credit, this could already put you out of the game. If you do not put the full amount on your credit card you will not be covered, at which time you must consider another option for car rental insurance.

Most Credit Card Companies Offer Secondary Coverage

This means that you must first go through other avenues for compensation if you needed to pay for damages. For instance, you must first use your personal auto insurance, which could result in high deductibles or increased rates afterwards. Only after you are compensated through your personal auto insurance can you then attempt to claim the rest through your credit card company.

Some credit card companies do offer full coverage, but you have to check with your specific account and know what you are protected under first.

You Will Likely Have to Pay “Loss of Service”

Loss of service refers to the period of time that the vehicle is in the shop being fixed. Typically, you will have to pay this loss of service yourself, as it is not covered by your insurance or credit card company. Loss of service will vary, but it is generally the daily rate for the vehicle while it is out of commission. Other hidden costs might be administrative, loss in value for the vehicle, and so on. Opting for a quality and customer-friendly rental agency can help you avoid some of these costs, but it is always important to know that they are a possibility and you will likely have to pay for them out of pocket.

You Have to Pay Up Front

Another downside to using your coverage through your credit card, or even relying on your personal auto insurance (which, in a few cases, could be used to cover damage to your rental vehicle as well) is that regardless you will have to pay the damages upfront to the car rental agency. Afterwards, you will be able to file a claim with whichever insurance policy you use. If there are any complications, this could even hurt your credit score or put you in a financially precarious situation as a credit bill comes due.

Business Travelers and International Travelers

For those who are traveling on their company’s behest, it is critical to know that your personal auto insurance will probably not cover your rental. Similarly, if you are traveling internationally, your personal auto insurance will likely not cover your rental. To be absolutely safe and to provide your employers with a set invoice or to adhere to a budget, it is typically best to choose the CDW offered by the rental agency.

What Collision Damage Waiver Means

The insurance option you can opt for through the rental agency is an agreement that any damage (with some minor exceptions, like tires) will be waived. This means you will not have to pay for damages, loss of use, or any other fees available.

Purchasing rental car insurance is the best way to insure that you are covered, and that you will not have to pay any upfront costs (even if you could reclaim them later). For your safety and financial security, always be insured, and always know what you are covered for.

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There are many benefits to renting a vehicle, especially when you live in a large and vast country like the United States. Public transport is available, of course, but it is not comprehensive and only really appealing to the bare bones budget traveler.

For families, business travelers, and tourists who want to see more of their destination, there is no better option than renting a vehicle. This, of course, can become expensive, which is why a rental car rewards program for frequent travelers are so important. At Advantage, we have three in-house loyalty rewards programs, perfect for your unique needs:

Advantage Rewards

Our most popular Advantage Rewards program is perfect for leisure and business travelers alike. You get benefits from the second you sign up, and will keep gaining more benefits the more often you rent. We offer instant rewards and an enrollment bonus reward from the first time you rent a vehicle with us, and more awards the more often you rent a vehicle. From free days to free upgrades, to even free weekends on us, there is no shortage to the amount of benefits you could be eligible for.

You can also enjoy one Advantage Pit Stop award on our Silver or Gold memberships, a choice of perks like a GPS, toll pass, or car seat with a Gold or Platinum membership, and can even get a complimentary Advantage Expressway Lane pass for those with our Platinum membership. The best part is that you can qualify for the best benefits after only seven rentals, so for those who travel frequently on business, you can really reap the rewards and drive in comfort.

Corporate Advantage

Though Advantage Rewards does cater to business travelers, if you frequently travel with a company and with coworkers, you should consider enrolling in the Corporate Advantage program. This program is catered to those frequent travelers who need exceptional savings and quality services and benefits each and every time they touch down.

Savings start the second you sign up and continue every day of the year thereafter. There are no blackout dates and no exceptions. You can book with us and save with us whenever you need to travel for business. You can also enjoy driving the newest models in our fleet, skipping the line with our express line for our Corporate Advantage members, and enjoy no extra fees for extra drivers or young drivers (21 – 24). Perfect for those companies who frequently send employees to different destinations.

Advantage Book Friendly

Travel agents and tour operators are expected to take the hassle of travel out from the experience for their clients. This means booking their flight, their accommodation, and even hiring their rental vehicle. All-inclusive trips are popular, simply because everything is already taken care of. As a tour operator, however, you also want to save as much as possible, and with our Advantage Book Friendly rewards, you can reap several benefits every time you book a rental vehicle for a client.

Not only can you find the best value for you and your customers, you can also access bonus commissions (5% base with a 5% bonus). Other benefits include free rental days with the possibility of acquiring more free days whenever you enroll one of your own customers into our Advantage Rewards program. To offer more choice in your package, we even offer promotions for your customers, as well as discounts for yourself and your family.

Book Online

Our rewards are only available for those who book through our website online. So ensure you plan ahead and book with us before your flight to gain full advantage of all the rewards and benefits our award programs offer.

Choosing the Right Rewards Plan

There are many different travelers, which is why we offer different rewards programs. Knowing which is the best program for yourself is key. Corporations can benefit from the Corporate Advantage program, but if you travel for business on your own, you might prefer our Advantage Rewards benefits better. Choosing the right program for you will depend on factors such as how frequently you travel, how specific your travel itinerary is, and even what you need from us. Travel and tour operators can benefit from partnering with us, as they can gain rewards and offer their customers excellent service.

We have a program for everyone. Choose the best option for you, and start saving and gaining rewards to make every trip you make easier. Whether you are going on a family road trip, traveling solo, or in town on business, there is a rewards program that will suit you. Enroll, and start benefiting from our rewards from the first time you book online.

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When traveling, you are typically bombarded with decisions. Where to travel, what flight to book, what car to hire, what accommodation is best, and so on. Then, on top of all the traveling decisions you have to make, you need to learn where to go, where to eat, and know what you want to do once you get there. This can easily make any trip into a nightmare before it even begins. Making these decisions is stressful, especially when you come across a seemingly innocuous question like whether you want to rent a standard or full-size car at checkout.

The confusion here is often because the difference between a standard and a full-size vehicle isn’t common. This leads to confusion as to why one is priced cheaper than the other. Knowing what each label means can help you choose the right car for you and any passengers you are bringing with you. It is important to note that these labels are not universal. What one company might deem to be a compact car might be a mid-sized vehicle at another.

There are typically five different classifications for vehicles, though they won’t always be titled the same thing, depending on who you rent from. Smaller vehicles, which can fit up to four to five people but generally have little trunk room and might only have two doors, are typically referred to as sub-compact, compact, economy, or small. They are often the cheapest to rent and can be quite fuel-economic. The real confusion when it comes to choosing vehicle size, however, comes in the standard to the full-size range. You would expect a larger vehicle to cost more, but the full-size models can actually cost less than a standard, so, what’s the difference? Let’s start the standard vs. full size rental car debate.

Standard Rental Car

Standard vehicles come with a variety of different names. They are also known as intermediate or mid-size, though some companies might have them placed as one step above the intermediate classification. Typically, this means that four to five people can sit comfortably, and there is more space for luggage. Standard-sized vehicles often have great gas mileage, and perfect for the average driver.

It is important to note that size wise, companies can use different classifications to denote different models. Take SUV’s, for instance. The Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar models, are recognized on Advantage as standard SUVs, where the Toyota RAV4 is recognized as an Intermediate. Size-wise, intermediate and standard can be used interchangeably. The difference between these two models is the miles per gallon (mpg). The Standard SUV Hyundai Santa Fe will fetch you between 18/24mpg while the Toyota RAV4 will go up to 22/28mpg.

Full-Size Rental Cars

Full-size vehicles are typically larger and more spacious, but they do not always mean SUVs. They are larger four-door passenger vehicles that typically seat up to five passengers, with space for three pieces of luggage. You will benefit though from more leg room and space, meaning they are ideal for long trips with the family.

The reason why full-sized vehicles might cost less to rent than standard vehicles is due to their mileage. The standard 2/4 Hyundai Sonata will go from 25 to 36 miles on one gallon, while the full-sized 2/4 Toyota Camry will only travel 21 to 30 miles on one gallon. Therefore, for those who are traveling long distances, you might want to opt for the standard, more economical vehicle. If you have a family and are, indeed, traveling with the maximum amount of passengers, the full-sized option will be the better tradeoff, despite its lower mpg.

What “Or Similar” Means

What you might notice when choosing between a standard or full-size vehicle is that when you opt to reserve a specific model it says “or similar” underneath. This is because we cannot guarantee that specific model will be available upon your arrival, due to other renters taking it out. What is guaranteed, however, is a similar model in terms of size and gas mileage.

Which Rental Car is Right for You?

The difference between types of vehicles might be confusing, since they do not just denote the size of the vehicle, but the power and performance of said vehicle as well. If you really want to be certain that the vehicle you have chosen is best for you and your needs, look up the model itself. You will be able to learn exactly what the vehicle’s capabilities are, its size, and its performance and safety features before you book.

Generally, however, you will want to choose a vehicle that fits you, your passengers, and your luggage comfortably. Rental car companies carry the newest models in store, so you don’t have to worry about renting a vehicle that is past its prime.

When it comes to making a decision on your rental car type, it’s always worth making a list of what you need and what you don’t need. Talk to your rental car company and address any concerns and always take the time to research before renting.

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Summer is the time for adventure. The sun is out and the weather has finally warmed up enough to enjoy spending every second outside. It is when most people book time off for their vacations, yes, but that should not be a deterrent. You can finally go somewhere fun with the whole family, or you can make the most of the sun with a friend’s holiday or plan a romantic getaway.

When choosing where to go and what to do, however, the choices can quickly bog you down. There are just so many choices, and travelling with more than one person often means conflicting opinions on where you should go and what you should do. This can leave us wondering where to go this summer, with a variety of great summer vacation spots impossible to choose between.

Fear not, though. While there are many vacation destinations to choose from, such variety just ensures there’s a wealth of decision to make. What’s more, you could always double up destinations and turn a one-stop vacation in a road trip. Sounds perfect, right?

The United States is a huge nation, which means that there are so many options to choose from. From the west coast, to the east, here are the best destinations throughout the US:

San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world, notable not just for its class but for its distinct style. This charmer of a city has something for everyone, and is perfect for those who want to experience living there, but cannot afford the rent. Not only does it have some great places to enjoy, but it also has the stunning hills and architecture to make even getting lost a pleasure. And if you want to take a day trip, San Francisco is just an hour away from Sonoma and Napa Valley for some great wine tastings!

Los Angeles

L.A. is where all the A-Listers enjoy their off-time, meaning a celebrity encounter is more than possible. While it is where movies are made, where you can catch a star, it is actually so much more. Just think – all of these celebrities have to have something to do, not to mention the rest of its population. You have Disneyland, the Hollywood sign, some of the best food and bar options in the world, and a plethora of other places to enjoy and things to do in Los Angeles.

Las Vegas

What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas, which is why this party destination is perfect for those who want to escape reality. Las Vegas is so much more than trying your luck at the slots. It is a getaway wonderland for adults, and has something for absolutely everyone. You can catch any of the star-studded performances life, see recreations of the best international sights, like the Eiffel tower or the canals in Venice. You can experience, art, and wine, and the best food in the world. There are partying options galore, as well as some of America’s best national wonders, like the Hoover Dam or the Red Rock National Conservation Area. Whatever you want to do, Las Vegas is sure to have something for you.

New York City

New York City is the most renowned city in the world. It is the center of finance, and between any of its top boroughs, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, there is a surfeit number of things to see and do. Simply walking its streets is unlike anything you have ever seen, not to mention the culture, museums, markets, shopping opportunities, and even just how lively its people are. If there is one place to add to your bucket list, it is this first-class city.

Road Trip!

When in doubt, go on a road trip! There are so many beautiful and stunning destinations to see in the United States alone that you cannot go wrong by going on your own personal tour. Visit the national parks, go city hopping, travel from beach to beach along California’s golden coast – the options are limitless, and with Advantage, you can do it in style and comfort. The great American road trip is as romantic a journey as you can take. Not only are you guaranteed to be wowed by the variety and wonder our nation holds, but you might also just learn something new about yourself as well.

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You know that special feeling at the beginning of a vacation? You’re excited about all of the possibilities of travel, and no inconvenience could possibly dampen your appetite for adventure. Unfortunately that enthusiasm doesn’t always translate when your vacation is coming to an end. If you’re tired, stressed, or in a hurry, these tips for rental car drop off could help get you home in peace.

1. Check the rental car agreement

Before you leave to return your rental car, it’s always wise to reread the rental agreement. The agreement should include details on where and when to return your car. Leave some extra time to fill the gas tank and account for any unexpected traffic. The rental agreement is a contract, and failure to satisfy the agreement could result in extra fees.

2. Return the rental car on time

OK, so this tip is obvious, but returning the rental car on time is really important. Rental car companies simultaneously handle hundreds of reservations and rely on customers to return cars at their scheduled time. This ensures that their fleet is used most efficiently and that all customers are serviced fairly.

3. Locate the nearest or most convenient gas station

You most likely won’t be familiar with the area surrounding your rental car drop off location. When you pick up your car, we recommend taking some time to find a gas station near your drop off location, so you can fill the tank upon return. While it might be more convenient to not fill up, it will cost you. Failure to return a car with a full tank comes with a per gallon fee that is likely to be more expensive than the local rate. Knowing where you’ll fill up will make your return ride less stressful and less expensive.

4. Check the car one more time

Leave enough time to inspect the car one more time before you leave the lot. You’ll want to check for personal belongings including small items like phone chargers and keys, but also it’s a good idea to take a more expansive look at the entire car. Inspect for any damages to the interior and exterior, and make note of any trouble areas. If you’re dropping your car off after hours, we encourage you to take photos to record any damage or lack thereof. It’s also a good way to record when you returned the car and where you left it.

5. Contact the rental company

If you’re still uneasy about the drop off process, your best bet is always to contact the rental company. Ideally, you can speak to someone at the counter where you’re returning the car. If that’s not possible, most rental companies have an emergency phone number to call. As mentioned before, be sure to read your rental agreement and document your process if you’re unsure at any point.

We want you to rest easy. When you choose Advantage Rent A Car, we’ll work to make your rental car drop off a convenient, hassle-free experience. If you’re ready to book a rental car now, use our free reservation tool to find the car you need.

Written by: Kody Pedersen

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Business travel can be intimidating if you’ve never taken a trip on the company dime. It’s a different experience than a personal vacation, but if done right, it can be every bit as rewarding. There are a few common pitfalls to avoid as well as some unexpected benefits to take advantage of if you’re prepared. Let’s take a look at a few business travel tips that will make you look like the pro that you are.

Get out the company handbook

Remember that company handbook they gave you your first day on the job? It’s time to review it, or in some cases, look at it for the first time. It should include business travel guidelines, including behavior expectations, expense guidelines, and any corporate deals or memberships you can use to save money. Familiarize yourself with these guidelines, and if there’s no business travel section in the handbook, don’t be ashamed to ask a human resources representative. They will be happy to help and will set you up for business travel success.

Rent a car instead of relying on ride-sharing services

Renting a car is a convenient and affordable option for business travelers, and the cost is often covered by your employer. Relying on ride-sharing services and public transportation is a risky proposition if you’re on a tight schedule. Having a personal car is a safe and reliable way to ensure you’re always on schedule. Research the parking situation near your hotel and meeting venues before you leave. It will save you time and money. As always, talk to your HR reps about your employers’ rental car policy if you’re unsure. If you’re ready to book, you can find a rental car with our free reservation tool.

Make a detailed itinerary

Once you’ve booked the essentials, it’s time to start thinking about the business at hand. After all, this trip is about developing relationships with clients, making an impression on potential clients, or developing as a professional.
Set reminders on your phone, fill out a calendar, write your schedule on paper; whatever it takes to get your meeting schedule solidified in your mind. Being late to a meeting or missing an engagement altogether are quick ways to ensure this is your first and last business trip. OK, now relax. You got this.

Don’t bring your entire wardrobe

This isn’t a typical vacation. Most business trips are 2-3 days long. You won’t need multiple clothing options for each day. Bring your best professional outfit, a couple of options for business casual outfits, workout gear, and a personal choice. If you can’t fit everything into a carry-on suitcase, you’re packing too many clothes. Remember to look at the forecast for your destination before you go. You don’t want to be caught in the rain or snow without appropriate clothing.

It’s OK to have fun, but don’t get too carried away

You know work is the first priority, but that doesn’t mean you have to hole up in your room when you’re not in meetings. Whether it’s branching out on your own to experience the city, or hitting the town with colleagues, there are plenty of tasteful ways to have fun on this trip. Just be sure to not get carried away. Don’t be the last person back to the hotel, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep to be at your best the next day.

If you’re prepared, you can use this opportunity to grow personally and professionally. We hope these business travel tips help you get the most out of your first business trip. For those of you who have business travel experience, what would you tell a first-timer? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Written by: Kody Pedersen

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The family vacation is an American tradition that elicits a wide range of emotions spanning from pure joy to sheer terror. The potential to make lifelong memories with family members is balanced with the possibility that those memories aren’t guaranteed to be so pleasant.

That potential is why the family vacation has been the backdrop for so many movies, including the iconic National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise. So how can you be sure that your family trip will fall on the right side of fun? We’ve provided a few family vacation tips that will help make this a memorable trip for all the right reasons.

1. Leave some breathing room in the itinerary.

We want the best vacation experience for our kids, but packing the schedule with an endless string of activities is a recipe for disaster. Itineraries are encouraged, but you don’t have to follow it to the minute or even hour. Rushing from one attraction to the next can be stressful for kids and adults. If your children are enjoying an activity, let them get the most out of it. You’ll find more satisfaction in their happiness than checking off activities on the itinerary.

2. Ask the kids what they want to do.

Your idea of a fun family vacation might not be the same as your kids’. Asking for their input is a great way to find a destination you didn’t consider while also getting them excited for the trip. Another fun way to get the kids involved in planning is letting them pack their own clothes. You’ll want to add your own touch, of course, but giving them control builds excitement and emotional investment in the vacation.

3. Rent the right car for your family trip.

Whether you’re flying to your destination or you’re not comfortable taking your personal vehicle, you’ll need to rent a car. This will be one of your homes away from home, so it’s important to do your research. How much room will you need for luggage? What car gets the best gas mileage? Will you need in-car entertainment options? Call Advantage Rent A Car at 1-800-777-5500, and our customer service reps will be happy to discuss what car will work best for you and your family. And remember if you book early, you’re likely to receive lower rates and a wider selection of vehicles.

4. Make sure your hotel has a pool.

For a family vacation, there’s no safer bet than your kids enjoying the hotel pool. Make sure wherever you’re staying, the pool is open and well-maintained. Bonus points for water slides.

5. Keep a close eye on your budget.

It can be easy for spending to get out of control when you’re on vacation. A t-shirt here, a special meal there, and soon you’re feeling that familiar pain in your gut (from the broken budget, not the meal). When you’re planning your trip, keep an eye out for discounts and special deals on rental cars, lodging, and attractions. Saving on these will give you a little more room to splurge on items for your kids.

Family vacations can be stressful, but through careful planning and keeping your kids engaged, you can be sure that they’ll be looking forward to the next family trip! If you’re taking a rental car, find the car you need with our free reservation tool.

Written by: Kody Pedersen

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Under most circumstances, we all prefer the convenience of a direct flight to our destination. It’s quick, simple, and relatively stress-free. But direct flights aren’t always possible or affordable, leaving you with a layover, sometimes referred to as a stopover. Stopovers are generally longer than layovers, but the concept is the same. You have time to kill before boarding your next flight to your ultimate destination.

Some layovers are short and leave no time to waste. But some layovers can last hours and even extend into the next day. This creates an awkward situation, where you have too much time to spend sitting at your gate but not enough time to dig into your connecting city. If you’re caught in this situation, it’s OK! We’re here to give you a few pointers on what to do on long layovers.

Get a Hotel Room

Most major airports have adjoining hotels where travelers can stay for the night. Getting a room at a hotel is a popular option for those with long stopover flights. Staying at a airport hotel allows you to relax – even just for a short while. You can stay in your room or head to the hotel restaurant to get a good meal and unwind. And since you’re not leaving the airport, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with being close to your gate for your upcoming flight.

If you’re not staying overnight, that doesn’t mean you should rule out a room. It’s tough to get good sleep when you’re on the road, so consider reserving a room even if it’s just to take a long nap in peace. You can’t put a price on your health, and keeping up on your sleep should be a top priority.

Airport Entertainment

Modern airports have transformed from practical transportation hubs into centers of entertainment. And we’re not just talking about nice TVs at the bar next to your gate. Many travelers are exploring all of their entertainment options in the airport itself, including movie theaters, live concerts, and art installations. If you have a few hours to kill, finding these sometimes hidden gems in the airport can get your vacation off to a perfect start.

Head Into the City

Is your layover in a city you’ve always wanted to see? Don’t hesitate to rent a car and drive in for the day. Of course you’ll need to keep your eye on the clock, but if you have enough time and energy, you can get in a quick tour of the city.

Have a plan in mind, and resist trying to hit too many attractions. We recommend finding a restaurant where you can eat an authentic meal. And if weather permits, taking a stroll at a popular park can be a nice introduction to the city. You might not get the full city experience, but it’s more rewarding than looking at your phone for eight hours.

Take a Day Trip

If traveling into the city sounds like a headache, you can hit the open road for a day trip. Day trips are great for getting off the beaten path and finding new travel experiences. Go for a hike in the surrounding mountains, soak up the sun at a nearby beach, or explore a charming small town within a day’s drive of the airport. Whether it’s for a few hours or overnight, a day trip is a fun way to add excitement and spontaneity to a long layover.

Advantage Rent A Car is ready to help you make the most of your next long layover with a new or almost new rental car. Find the rental car you need now!

Written by: Kody Pedersen

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You’ve planned a vacation before, and you even consider yourself a savvy traveler. But this is your first business trip, and while it’s not a completely different ballgame, you’ll need to consider a few unique factors that might differ from your standard travel practices. Whether it’s for comfort, convenience, or productivity, we’ve compiled a short checklist to make travel easier for your first business trip.

Travel Luggage

Business trips are usually shorter than personal vacations, and your luggage should reflect that difference. Business travel can be stressful, and you might be tempted to pack anything and everything in an effort to cover all of your bases. But if you really want to manage that stress, traveling light is the way to go. Find a smaller suitcase that you can carry on to your flight – ensuring your luggage won’t be lost and a quick and easy exit from the airport.

Rental Car

You can definitely use a ride-sharing service, but we don’t recommend it. Instead, research a car rental business before you head to the airport. Renting a car for your business trip gives you a couple of advantages.

First, rental cars are extremely affordable. A trip from the airport to your hotel with a ridesharing service could be about the same price as renting a car for your entire trip.

Second, rental cars are reliable. A car rental business offers a wide selection of new or almost new cars. And when driving your rental car, you won’t have to worry about your driver taking the worst possible route to your destination. Rental cars give you control and flexibility at a much lower price than relying on a hit-or-miss ride-sharing service.

Headphones

If you haven’t invested in a pair of noise-canceling headphones, your first business trip is the time to upgrade. While it’s perfectly acceptable to stare out the window for the duration of your flight, business travelers often use their time in the air to get some work done. Of course that’s easier said than done if a crying baby is seated directly behind you.

You don’t need to spend your entire paycheck on headphones, but a nice pair can make a big difference, whether you prefer to work to white noise or The White Stripes. These headphones also could come in handy if your hotel’s walls are on the thin side.

Office Equipment

When you get to your hotel, it’s wise to set up a workspace in your room, so you can stay focused. You don’t need to bring everything, so take a quick look at your desk. What is absolutely necessary, and what can be left behind? Once you decide what you’ll bring along, round up all of the respective chargers that you will need. The last thing you need is the stress of a dying device when you’re on the road.

Camera

It’s a business trip, and you shouldn’t forget that, but that doesn’t mean you have to hole up in your room when you’re not in a meeting. In fact, many business travelers are finding ways to use these trips to feed their wanderlust. So feel free to bring a camera, go for a ride, and absorb the culture of your destination. Putting on your tourist hat is a great way to relieve any work anxieties while also getting the most out of your trip.

Don’t forget to check with your employer for their business travel guidelines. They might have a discount program with a car rental business like Advantage Rent A Car. Use our free reservation tool to book a car now!

Written by: Kody Pedersen

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The vast majority of car rentals are the result of a common scenario: a traveler who has no reliable transportation at their destination rents a car for the duration of their trip before returning home. But we’ve found that’s not the only way you can use a rental car. There are a few scenarios that are not only creative, they’re just plain smart! Here are a few creative uses for a rental car.

Wedding Car Rental

We can’t supply the soda cans and string, but if you’re tying the knot, we have you covered for your “Just Married” getaway car. Many couples are now choosing to rent a special car for their post-nuptial cruise, and while we know you love your old Subaru, a luxury rental car is a great way to celebrate in style. A wedding car rental is one of our most popular reasons for renting a car, and you might be surprised at the wide selection of vehicles to choose from. You probably don’t need this reminder if you’re planning a wedding, but just in case, remember the earlier you book, the more likely we are to have the car you want.

Test Drive

Buying a car can be stressful, and for many, it takes time to zero in on the car they need. One of the seminal moments of the process is the test drive – when you take your potential car for a spin around the block. The problem with the standard test drive, however, is the short amount of time you actually get to test the car. Resist the urge to make a snap judgment, and instead, rent your potential car for a week. Understanding how this important investment performs under real-life circumstances is well worth the low price of a rental.

Moving Car Rental

If you’re relocating, transporting all of your possessions to your new home can be a major headache. Moving trucks are effective if you’re moving large possessions; a bed, couch, or other large pieces of furniture. But if you don’t need that much space, or you’re simply not comfortable driving a massive truck across the country, renting a spacious car, truck, or SUV is a great option. If you’re making the move solo, you can use our one-way rental – allowing you to drop off the rental in your new location. Or if someone is nice enough to help you move, they can return the car to its original location upon their return.

Date Night

If date night has gotten a little stale, renting a car can be a fun way to get out of the same ol’ routine. If you want to keep things classy, put on your fanciest suit or dress, make reservations at a swanky restaurant, buy tickets to the opera or ballet, and pick up your partner in a luxury rental car. If you want to tap into your relationship’s adventurous side, find a car that’s road-trip ready, and hit the road for a romantic date in a special destination. It’s a subtle change, but renting a car is a great way to switch things up.

Advantage Rent A Car will always be here for your standard car rental needs, but if any of these out-of-the-box ideas make sense for you, contact us at (800) 777-5500. Or if you’re ready to book, find the affordable rental car you need now!

Written by: Kody Pedersen

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