Sunday, February 19, 2017

How to buy car-rental insurance in Europe

How to buy car-rental insurance in Europe

March 28, 2012 · , ,

It was one dinged-up rental car. Smashed driver’s-side mirror; sizable dent in the passenger-side aft bumper. And no, it wasn’t my fault — at least, not entirely. The Dublin rental agency never asked about damage when I returned the car, but I spent that night agonizing about how much insurance I had purchased and the [...]

5 ways to cut down on rental car gas prices

5 ways to cut down on rental car gas prices

March 11, 2012 · ,

The offer of a larger rental car at the same rate used to be a happy surprise. But now a free upgrade is bad news, given that a bigger car usually means a giant gasoline bill. Consumer requests for fuel-efficient cars have spiked this winter, according to spokespeople for Hertz, Budget, and Thrifty rental car [...]

9 ways to keep your car safe on the road

9 ways to keep your car safe on the road

May 26, 2010 · , , ,

Travelers put their cars to almost every use imaginable: as a place to eat meals, hide things, take shelter from the elements and even live (on a trip to Pamplona several years ago, the smallest guy in our traveling party slept in the trunk). Since your car can be almost your home away from home [...]

Mixed outlook for vacation prices

Mixed outlook for vacation prices

March 25, 2010 · , , , , ,

There’s good news and bad news for Americans itching for a change of scenery in 2010. Travelers tripped up by the recession are getting back in the game, and prices reflect their growing appetite in key areas. Still, rising prices for airfares and cruises probably won’t go as high as they were before the economic [...]

4 secrets for upgrading your next vacation travel

4 secrets for upgrading your next vacation travel

Think this is bad? It could get worse. Much worse. Travel is still at the beginning of its long descent into mediocrity. Airlines seem to invent new surcharges and passenger-hostile rules every week. Hotels aren’t far behind. Just the mention of the word “customer service” in the back office can be enough to evoke cackles [...]

9 spring travel tips: How to save money and sanity

9 spring travel tips: How to save money and sanity

As I write this here in the Northeast, the rodent saw his shadow, a snowfall fell the next day and we’re headed for a single-digit deep freeze this weekend — all of which are indicators that it is time to distract ourselves with dreams of spring travel. Of course, planning a trip these days can [...]

How to save on car rental in a recession

How to save on car rental in a recession

February 2, 2010 · , , ,

Don’t clear your wallet when car rental companies clear their lots. Much as airlines have cut back on flights and routes since the recession began, the lodging industry has, er, built a lot more hotels and added a lot of rooms?! Oops. Expansion may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but this [...]

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