Category: Enterprise

How Much Does It Cost to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles & Points with Car Rentals?

The Sunday before last, TravelWhimsy and I decided to take her mom, a friend, and the doggies to hike to Mary Jane Falls up in Mount Charleston (only ~40 miles away from the Las Vegas strip).


Rather than put the 100+ miles on our own car, I booked a car with AVIS for the day to take advantage of the 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles promotion. This was my first time renting from AVIS, and I was surprised to discover the $4.05 frequent flyer (“FF”) surcharge on my final receipt.

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How Do I Book a Cheap Rental Car?

One of the most frequently asked reader questions is “How do you get a rental car for $10 a day?” If you guess “Priceline” or “Hotwire”, my answer may surprise you. I normally book our car rentals directly with Hertz, one of the leading car rental brands and generally considered the most expensive.

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