The line at the Dollar Rent a Car counter was nearly endless this morning at Miami International airport.
I genuinely don’t understand why anyone would wait in such a line.
- If you’re a member of a car rental company’s frequent renter program, you don’t need to in the first place.
- There are many other rental car companies in Miami. None had lines like this.
Outside of Priceline and Hotwire rentals there are still very few prepaid rental rates. There’s generally no penalty for failing to pick up a rental car you’ve reserved. (And you can be nice and ring them and just cancel in any case.)
Walk to another counter. Or even if you’re concerned about rate, book a new car on your phone while standing in the Dollar line. At least research your alternatives.
I get that not everyone knows their options, or is confident enough to chnage their plans. Although I find that it’s very possible to just negotiate at the rental counter, and with as many companies as there are at the airport (and plenty of cars on all levels of the garage this morning) it would seem at least worth a try.
Joining a car rental company’s frequent renter program is the most important tip to improve your rental car experience. And it’s free.
You can even sign up with elite status.
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