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$20 Trick work with Rental Cars?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by 162, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. 162

    162 Tourist

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    Just a question if anyone has tipped the car rental companies for a complimentary upgrade on the type of vehicle they were renting? And if you have, did you tip the rental desk or the garage attendant for the upgrade? Thanks
     
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  3. merlin

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    Why pay $20 when you can prob upgrade for a few bucks a day extra anyway?
     
  4. PaulBowdry

    PaulBowdry Low-Roller

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    I said on another thread I gave them 10 bucks to skip the upsell insurance crap routine.
     
  5. mganut

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    Not a bad idea.
     
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    I usually book full size, use Alamo and can check in on line, no counter. When I get to lot, I just ask attendant for upgrade. Give them a small thank you if they upgrade me. Haven't been turned down yet.

    As a reminder, after you book, check back often, rates change almost weekly.
     
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  7. NandJfrmNJ

    NandJfrmNJ High-Roller

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    We always get an upgrade at Alamo just by asking. Never had much luck with Budget though. Once we booked a convertible at Alamo because that happened to be the cheapest but we didn't want it so we asked for a DOWNGRADE to a mid-size, our preferred car, and got that too.
     
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    I'll post this here since its not for a Vegas hotel. Just wondering if anyone has ever tried this in their hometown or in Vegas to try to get an upgrade on the vehicle.

    Next time I rent I think I'm definitely going to try it. Just ask the clerk hey if I slip you a 20 can you get me a better car for the same price......worth a shot I guess.
     
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  9. nostresshere

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    Though we do not rent in Vegas, we do rent often elsewhere. Most of our rentals go direct to car, but with those counter ones, we just say no. NEVER, EVER start a discussion or argue with them about insurance, just say no and keep moving along.

    As to upgrade - as mentioned above, sometimes the price to go from economy to standard or full size is only a few bucks a day. You can just reserve in advance in those cases.
     
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  10. Rush

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    Join whatever Express Club they offer.

    Rent the cheapest car you can.

    Go to the kiosk an hour before your reservation time. In most cases your car won't be ready yet.

    They will tell you to go pick any car from whatever section your car is in.

    Now you walk over to whatever section the car that you really want is in, pick a winner and drive off!

    Free upgrade!

    In the event that they already have a car picked out for you complain about the model or color they will send you over to pick any car you want and you repeat the process above.
     
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    Thanks all. Sorry for the duplicate and havign to be moved by the way. We are renting for almost two weeks when we do so a free upgrade would be worth way more than 20 dollars. Definitely will try it and give feed back here when I do. will be either enterprise or hertz as they are the only local choices.
     
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  12. tvon

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    exactly. also they are more at the mercy of inventory. usually the cheaper cars go first, so you're already likely to get a free upgrade without even asking.
     
  13. LindaP

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    We always rent the cheapest car at Alamo and then ask the lot attendant for an upgrade (we ask for an Impala and have never been turned down yet) - we'll give the lot attendant $5 or $10. And just recently we've been asking the lot attendant for a better discount when we return the car - 2 for 2 on that so far! We'll give them a $10 or $20 depending on the additional discount (they took $50 off the last time!)

    - Linda in TX
     
  14. in4mation808

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    I'm not sure how to go about this? So pardon me if I'm not "in the know." But, who do I see for this?

    I rent with Alamo, and rent a full size car. I bypass the counter and head straight for the full size aisle. I would love to "upgrade" to a luxury car. Who do I see in the garage that has the power to adjust my reservation from full size to luxury using the $20 trick? All I've ever seen in the garage was an Alamo booth and people just walking around the lot. Is that where I go to? I wouldn't go and do this at the counter in the lobby, correct?
     
  15. leo21

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    There's usually a person directing folks to the right aisle. Ask them.