Untitled Document Home
Chef & Hotel Profile
Publisher's Page
Gift Guide
Travel Adventures
Epicurean Events
Health Minded
Spa Baby Secrets
Sips
Book Bites
Culinary Coup
Sense of Style
Kids Kaleidoscope
Tinsletown Tidbits
Wheels
Radio Show & Links
Contact Us


WHEELS   .   .   .

HUGE SHORTAGE OF RENTAL CARS

(CAR RENTAL) APOCALYPSE NOW

Vacationers are going to find it hard — very hard — to find a rental car this summer. Even those with reservations might find themselves without a vehicle.

This stems from car rental companies, who were desperate for cash, selling off their fleets at the start of the pandemic.

Now, as travel rebounds, there aren’t enough cars to meet the demand in popular destinations.

This might be the “car rental apocalypse,” but there are steps you can take to put yourself in a better position when trying to successfully rent a car in 2021.

Tips for navigating the car rental crisis

Book early: If you have even the faintest idea of where you’ll travel in the future, it’s wise to lock in a car reservation now. One side effect of this car rental crisis is skyrocketing prices as demand has risen and supply remains low. Booking early helps you avoid paying even higher rates for a close-in booking.

Book direct: Instead of using a third-party service, book with the agency so you can deal directly with the company providing the car in case something does go wrong. And, make sure you always pay with a credit card that provides a primary damage waiver, saving you money on your rental and from potentially higher auto insurance rates.

Make a back-up reservation: If you’re visiting someplace where you absolutely need a car, making two reservations with different agencies could be beneficial. In the event something happens with your Plan-A car, you can always revert to Plan B. Just make sure you do not book prepaid rentals and cancel the other reservation as soon as you know you don’t need it.

Enroll in car rental loyalty programs: Most major car rental agencies allow members of their loyalty programs, like Hertz Gold Rewards, Avis Preferred and National Emerald Club, to skip lines at the counter and go directly to their cars waiting in the lot.

Leverage elite status: Certain credit cards come with automatic elite status in some car rental loyalty programs. Elite status with car rental loyalty programs usually means upgrades depending on availability — which could work in your favor as prices for even the most basic cars are through the roof — dedicated counters and customer-service agents, skipping the line altogether, discounts and more.

Use AutoSlash to find cheaper rates: If you’re looking for the best deal around, AutoSlash is a service that helps you find cheaper rentals and availability that may not be visible to the casual renter, simultaneously. Its team works to tweak your rental specifications to find the best price and availability.

Try different rental agencies: Smaller “start-up” car rental platforms like Turo and Silvercar have sprung up in recent years and, depending on the destination, you may have better luck finding a car through one of those platforms than the “traditional” agencies you find at just about every airport.

Take over a lease if you’re renting long-term: The trend of people renting cars for much longer periods of time, sometimes several months, continues to grow during the pandemic. If you’re looking for such a rental, it’s worth investigating the option of taking over someone’s auto lease, which you can do on sites like leasetrader.com. Sometimes going this route ends up being cheaper than renting a car for multiple months at a time.

Have a great weekend and safe driving! The Points Guy

___________________________________________________________________


GERMANY ENCOURAGES CYCLING AS CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORT

Germany, home to the Autobahn and a powerful motor industry, wants its citizens to spend less time driving and more time cycling to help save the planet.

The government on Wednesday agreed a new national cycling strategy to boost bike use and safety by 2030.

The plan, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said, would “make Germany a bicycle country.”

It aims to increase the average number of bike journeys each German makes by half — from 120 a year at present to 180 in ten years time. Compared to driving, this would result in greenhouse gas emissions savings equivalent to 3-4 million tons of carbon dioxide, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said.

Concerns about climate change have figured large in the polls in recent years, boosting Germany's Greens, who were for the first time leading an opinion survey this week asking who people would vote for in September’s national election.

The plan also hopes to cut the number of cyclists killed on German roads by 40% in the coming decade compared to 2019, when 445 bike users died in traffic accidents.

The federal government wants to spend almost 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) on the cycling plan in the coming two years.

The hobby horse, a precursor to the modern bicycle, was invented by German aristocrat Karl von Drais some 200 years ago.

Some 5 million bicycles were sold in Germany last year, compared with slightly under 3 million cars.

__________________________________________________________________

,


2008
March 08 | April 08 | May 08 | June 08 | July 08 | August 08 | September 08 | October 08 | November 08 | December 08 | January 09 | March 09 | February 09 | April 09 | May 09 | June 09 | July 09 | August 09 | September 09 | October 09 | October 10 | November 09 | December 09 | January 10 | February 10 | March 10 | April 10 | May 10 | June 10 | July 10 | August 10 | September 10 | November 10 | December 10 | January 11 | February 11 | March 11 | April 11 | May 11 | June 11 | July 11 | August 11 | September 11 | October 11 | November 11 | December 11 | January 12 | February 12 | March 12 | March 12 | April 12 | May 12 | June 12 | July 12 | August 12 | September 12 | October 12 | November 12 | December 12 | January 13 | February 13 | March 13 | April 13 | May 13 | June 13 | July 13 | August 13 | September 13 | October 13 | October | November 13 | December 13 | January 14 | February 14 | July 14 | March 14 | April 14 | May 14 | June 14 | August 14 | September 14 | October 14 | November 14 | December 14 | January 15 | February 15 | March 15 | April 15 | May 15 | June 15 | July 15 | August 15 | September 15 | October 15 | November 15 | December 15 | January 16 | February 16 | March 16 | April 16 | May 16 | June 16 | July 16 | August 16 | September 16 | October 16 | November 16 | December 16 | January 17 | February 17 | March 17 | April 17 | May 17 | June 17 | July 17 | August 17 | September 17 | October 17 | December 17 | January 18 | September 18 | February 18 | March 18 | April 18 | May 18 | June 18 | July 18 | August 18 | October 18 | November 18 | December 18 | January 19 | February 19 | July 20 | February 19 | March 19 | March | April 19 | May 19 | June 19 | July 19 | August 19 | September 19 | October 19 | November 19 | December 19 | January 20 | February 20 | March 20 | April 20 | May 20 | June 20 | August 20 | September 20 | October 20 | November 20 | December 20 | January 21 | February 21 | March 21 | April 21 | May 21 | June 21 | July 21 | August 21 | September 21 | February 08

© 2008 Bonnie Carroll, All Rights Reserved