Let’s face it, times are tough, and there are no more upgrades, unless you pay the piper. Several years ago, if you batted your eye lashes, you may very well get that convertible you wanted to rent in the first place.
The tourism business is hurting, and incremental money makes a big difference so nothing is free anymore. When I saw this article I had to share, as it may work out in your favor.
CNN Money and Amy Chen asked frequent travelers and people with upgrade-granting power for the secret to moving up in style without moving up in price.
At the Car Counter
What it’s worth. The upgrade from a compact to midsize car, via Hertz at the Los Angeles airport is worth $42 a week.
Your odds: One in 20. Many agencies cut fleets in 2008 and 2009, making upgrades less common.
How to Improve Them:
•Choose the right car. If a company runs out of the vehicle class you reserved, it’ll likely upgrade you. Book a midsize car — it’s most in demand, says rental consultant Neil Abrams
•Reserve at the right time. “Friday nights and Monday mornings are peak pickup times,” says L.A. Hertz agent Berry Ross. That means there’s less chance the car class you specify will be available.
•Look for special offers on the agency’s site, on your credit card site, or on coupon pages like retailmenot.com. One example: a free upgrade at Alamo for compact to midsize cars until Dec. 31 (code: AU2729MJW).
Good luck getting that convertible!
Cabo San Lucas Villas can assist in booking your rental car while in Cabo, and welcomes your call or email at www.cabosanlucasvillas.net.