I’m not a very frequent renter of cars, so I didn’t grasp the extreme value of this tip until fairly recently. And yes – it’s such a small tip, but it has such a big impact.
Before you book a rental, sign up with the frequent renter program you’re booking with.
While this sounds like a no-brainer, the two times that I failed to do this, I was sorry. That’s because as a member of most frequent renter programs, you bypass the long line at the rental counter.
This has really saved me a lot of time (and frustration). As a member, you are either treated to a much shorter line, or you can simply head directly to your car.
I’ve had success with this method even when I booked a rental through a third party such as Autoslash. I just bring a copy of my member card (or print out my member info), along with a copy of my reservation.
Here is a handy list of all the different frequent renter programs, It’s free to sign up, so spending half an hour and just signing up for all of them at once might be a good idea! (PS – to keep track of all your various memberships, Award Wallet is a great tool.)