Click to Print

Deals On Wheels

Getting a luxury rental car takes planning.
August 1, 1998
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/16246

Persuading a car rental agency to give you an upgrade can be as difficult as upgrading from economy to business class on a flight. With profits soaring at most rental agencies, managers aren't giving up any more than they have to.

"The big car rental companies are cutting costs in all areas--including promotions and giveaways," says Darrin Deany of Northbrook, Illinois-based corporate travel agency BTI Americas Inc.

That doesn't mean you should expect to get stuck in that tiny box your travel agent booked. "There are still ways to get an upgrade," says Lauren Garvey of Park Ridge, New Jersey-based Hertz.

Here are a few tips:


Christopher Elliott is a writer in Los Angeles and a columnist for "ABC News Online."

Road Notes

Contact Sources

Auto Europe, http://www.autoeurope.com

BTI Americas Inc., (847) 480-8400, http://www.btiamericas.com

Hertz, (800) 654-3131, http://www.hertz.com

Shutters On The Beach, http://www.shuttersonthebeach.com

U.S. Department of Transportation, (202) 366-2220, http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer