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CC Car Rental Upgrade Question

Postby bikermike » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:24 am

I'm going on a little trip the 19th through the 21 and need a rental car. I know some credit cards gives discounts or upgrades at certain rental car places. Does anyone have any recommendations for this? I have quite a few cards so I would think at least one of them would do this. But surprisingly I've never had to rent a car myself (except when mine is in the shop) so I'm not too knowledgeable about how these automatic upgrades work with certain cards.


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Postby fffresh » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:12 pm

I don't think there's many regular credit cards that give free upgrades for rental cars. I know the American Express Platinum Charge Card (not the credit card) does but that has an annual fee of $450 so it's not worthing getting for most people. But as far as card that have discounts built in I don't know and I didn't see anyone mention any others on Credit Card Forum. I know my Bank of America Platinum card use to include coupons for Hertz Rent-A-Car. Usually it was a certificate for a free upgrade to the next class of car.

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Postby Cucumber » Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:10 pm

The Amex Platinum usually bumps you up to the next class or car if available. The Gold card may do the same thing. As far as others I don't know of any. I haven't seen any others mentioned on this message board and haven't heard of others doing it.

It says on the American Express website they have arrangements with Avis, Hertz, and National rent a car. Looks like they give you some nice freebies like class upgrade, Sirius satellite radio/GPS navigation, you can bypass any lines, and Avis gives you a free copy of the Wall Street Journal if you signup for their "preferred" status for free through Amex.
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Check your card's insurance coverage first

Postby AnthonyBarone » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:40 am

Guys remember when using your credit card for a rental car there's a lot of fine print about how your card's free insurance work. It usually only is secondary to your normal auto insurance, so all it will pay is the deductible after your normal insurance foots the bill.

You also want to check with your card to see what vehicles they cover. Usually they don't cover more expensive rentals like luxury or exotic cars, vans, and SUVs. I own a construction company and I found this out the hard way when we find out a rental truck doesn't apply

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:22 pm

I'd like to know too I need to book a car rental on my credit card this weekend but I don't think I qualify for any upgrades or anything with the credit cards I have. Like you said I think it's only the charge cards with annual fees that offer the upgrades.
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Postby Multi-Purpose » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:35 am

I just rented a car and the prices are insanity right now. Hertz and Enterprise are trying to ask for $90 to $110 for compact/economy cars PER DAY at San Fran airport. Total bull these should be no more than $30, maybe $35 a day. It's not because I booked with a short two day notice either, because I checked the same days/times of the week a month in advance to see and it only saved me about $8 a day.

If you have an Amex card (doesn't matter which) and you pay for it with it, looks like they have a few small promo offers going (like $15 off for weekend, $20 for week, etc) but nothing too amazing. You're better off searching for corporate codes and using those. I did that and it's risky because they most likely will ask for verification you're with that company, but either way I don't care, I'm not going to pay outrageous $100 a day for a crappy car that I could lease for $150 a month brand new!
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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:30 pm

I just remembered that Hertz is part of the American Express OPEN network, so you automatically receive a 5% discount for those charges on your credit card statement. There's nothing you have to do to get these other than pay for the rental with your American Express Business credit card and it will automatically be credited. Good thing about that is since that's not using a discount code or corporate code, you can still use those too....

discount code + corporate code + promo code + 5% off with Amex payment.
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Postby JEFF COGA » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:54 pm

Above answers are pretty correct.... here's my 2 cent...

Rental Car insurance
- only covers comprehensive coverage (only theft, dings, scratches, hitting a deer etc etc... basically anything that you cannot control)...
- NO LIABILITY INSURANCE!!! If you have a bodily injury accident you are screwed!!! (unless your CURRENT insurance policy has a non-owner coverage if not you can add as an endorsement)
- If they cover everything, majority of the cards will only cover the state min... If you get into an accident with the state min and you hurt someone... you will be screwed very badly
- Also, most of these coverages are not paid with the card issuer they are given from VISA OR MASTER CARD =)

Rental Car Upgrades
- Yes some cards will have these perks, either from the carrier like above mentioned with AMEX or you can contact VISA or MASTER CARD directly to see if your card has it... majority of the reps at the bank will stumble and take forever to give you the right answer!!!
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