Get a Rental-Car Upgrade

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Get a Rental-Car Upgrade
Get a Rental-Car Upgrade

Mostly it's a matter of luck, but it never hurts to try.

  1. Step 1

    Build up loyalty by renting at the same location as much as possible. Agents who know you are more likely to do you a favor than those who don't.

  2. Step 2

    Express an interest in the car you want. Knowing you're interested might be enough to prompt an agent to rent you a vehicle in the next class if there's an overly heavy demand for economy cars.

  3. Step 3

    Pick up your rental as soon as the office opens in the morning. Most of the nighttime returns won't be ready yet, which is likely to lead to a shortage of economy cars.

  4. Step 4

    Join frequent-renters programs at companies that have them.

  5. Step 5

    Exchange airline frequent-flyer miles for car rentals or upgrades, if you have miles ready to expire. (Free flights are usually a more cost-effective use of miles, however.)


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