Think of the day when individualized insurance premiums, for instance, are based on how far you drive, how fast you drive and where you drive. As information technology speeds up, it may be time — literally — for you to slow down. Because the information age, where data are like currency, certainly isn’t going to. … [Read more...] about Is this fuel issue a rental-car ripoff? There’s a reason, but drivers beware
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Think of the day when individualized insurance premiums, for instance, are based on how far you drive, how fast you drive and where you drive. As information technology speeds up, it may be time — literally — for you to slow down. Because the information age, where data are like currency, certainly isn’t going to. … [Read more...] about Having a connected rental car may simplify your life — or will it?
January 21, 2019 By Guest Leave a Comment Few things are more exciting then heading on a well-earned vacation! There’s a lot of planning that goes into the perfect holiday—from picking a destination to packing your suitcase—and no one wants to see this hard work derailed by unforeseen events. Still, the unexpected can happen, and it could impact more than just your travel plans. Luckily, there are many different types of insurance products available to help protect you and your family’s trip, home and financial future. Here are five types of insurance that travelers may want to look into: Travel Insurance Savvy globetrotters are already hip to travel insurance. These short-term policies cover many unexpected events that could disrupt a vacation. This may include anything from lost luggage and rental car accidents to trip cancellations and medical expenses. A travel insurance policy could help holidaymakers salvage their trip or, in a worst-case scenario, come … [Read more...] about Why travellers might need these 5 types of insurance
By Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, Inc. | PUBLISHED: January 6, 2019 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: January 6, 2019 at 9:01 am Dear Travel Troubleshooter: I rented a Dollar car at Frankfurt airport through Auto Europe. When I made the reservation, Auto Europe immediately charged me $213, and I received a voucher for the six-day rental. On the first page of the voucher, highlighted in blue were the words: “INSURANCE OPTIONAL.” After a 14-hour flight from California to Germany, I arrived at the Dollar counter in Frankfurt, which was closed. A sign directed me to the Hertz counter next to it. I presented my voucher, but a Hertz employee told me that I could not rent the car without purchasing a collision-damage waiver (CDW) and theft insurance from Hertz. Initially, I refused because the Chase Sapphire Visa card I use to pay for rental covers CDW and theft worldwide. But Hertz would not rent me the car. I told them I had rented cars all over the world, from South … [Read more...] about Travel Troubleshooter: Rental car insurance fiasco
After a long day of travel to Indianapolis, Adam James, an IT professional from Oxnard, CA, endured all the upgrade pitches and gasoline option explanations at the airport Budget counter before the agent finally handed him his contract, saying, “You can go to the Avis lot to pick up your car.” Surprised, James went to the Avis lot—and sure enough, there was his Budget rental car parked in the exact spot in the Avis lot the agent told him it would be. Upon returning to the airport a few days later for his return flight, James found the Budget return lanes closed, but saw a sign that said to return the car to Avis. “I pulled in, and an Avis representative came out to meet me, inspected the car, gave me a receipt, and said thanks,” he recalls. James asked if the Budget folks would be okay with this, and was assured they would be—and having picked up the car from Avis, he decided it was okay to return it to Avis, and headed to the terminal to catch his … [Read more...] about Car Rental Secrets We Bet You Don’t Know