#Travel140: Rev Up Your Rental with an Upgrade

#Travel140 #TravelTip: Ready to rev your rental up a notch? Don’t settle for an economy seat at the counter; ask about upgrades & try our tips to upgrade your next rental car.

The simplest way to get an upgrade is just to ask for one! Be nice, be humble, and be gracious, and you just may be surprised. Many times, the people at the counter have the power to put you behind the wheel of a sweet ride.

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No matter how nicely you ask, you’re probably not going to get upgraded to this beauty.

As with airlines and hotels, there are some other tricks you can try to move up a car class or two. When the car class you reserved is sold out, most agencies will put you in the next class up. Historically, many agencies have few compacts available so you may find yourself moved up if that’s what you booked. When you arrive at a very busy time – say Friday evening or Monday morning – there are better chances that your car class is sold out. Meaning a free upgrade could be yours!

Keep in mind, a discounted upgrade is still an upgrade. Know what the going prices are for the nicer or bigger vehicles, and ask if there are specials at the counter. Feel free to negotiate, too. Counter agents are sales people who are judged by how much more than your reservation price you spend. If an SUV is $80 more per day online, you can probably get into it a lot cheaper at the counter.

If you prefer a more sure bet, check out sites like CarRentalUpgrade.com for upgrade coupons. You should also check with any affinity and discount programs you’re in, such as AARP and AAA; they may have upgrade options also.

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