Book The Cheapest Rental Car To Increase The Chance Of A Free Upgrade

If you're looking for an easy way to upgrade your rental car on your next holiday, travel site Budget Travel suggests it's often as easy as booking the cheapest car available and hoping they run out.

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It's a little counterintuitive, but the cheapest cars sell out first, and the rental company has no choice but to upgrade you. That said, Budget Travel recommends you stay firm in not paying for an upgrade:

The check-in clerk may try to sell you an upgrade for a discounted fee. Say no. If they don't have the car you reserved, they usually give you a better model at no extra charge. Arrive early in the day, before most people return their cars, for the best shot.

It's not going to work every time of course, but some careful planning might turn that tiny hatchback into something a bit more fun. Hit up the full post on Budget Travel for a few more tips for scoring free upgrades on your next holiday.

How to Get a Free Upgrade [Budget Travel]


    Ok, this is kinda stupid... Re read, titled "Ask for something you don't want, and you might get something a little better, but probably still not what you want".

    Sure, everyone loves a free upgrade, but at the expense of what.

    Actually I has happened to me frequently, and it's a damned annoyance. I book the most fuel-efficient cars, which are usually the cheapest. I don't want a gas-guzzler. Being 'upgraded' is in reality usually a 'downgrade' to a more inefficient form of transport. When car hire companies do this, I always complain, but to little avail. In such cases they ought to be obliged to pay the extra petrol expenses incurred, plus an enviro-blight levy.

      I feel the same way! I always book the smallest car they have because I don't want to be hit with a massive fuel bill. I am also very tall and find that small cars often have much better head room than larger ones. 9 times out of 10 I get a "free upgrade" from a Nissan Micra to a Holden Commodore. Totally lame. I'm sure they wouldn't dream of giving someone a Micra if they'd paid for a Commodore so why do they do it the other way?

    Dollar at LAX is even easier to get a free upgrade.

    Book any car,. simply walk up to a Chrysler 300 and drive it off the lot At the gates they go over the car and don't really care what you take.
    I've done this more than six times in two years and they just don't care. Still pay for the small car I booked, but got a premium car.

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