A good friend of hubby and I recently recommended the rental car company Sixt. I was eager to try pretty much any rental car company after a disaster with Hertz last summer in Italy. The car that was given to us stalled out on each Tuscan hill we attempted to climb, creating a backlog of traffic, and two very frustrated American tourists. We thought we would be in great hands because our American Express card automatically guarantees us Hertz Gold Club, but to be honest, the whole experience was a nightmare. We use our American Express Credit Card for perks all the time and we’ve never been disappointed, apart from the time we used Hertz. We’d actually considered using a camper van rental before using Hertz, and we wish we had now! We would have saved a ton of money on hotels and by the reviews, it would’ve been a lot more reliable. Perhaps we’ll use this iceland camper van if we ever go! We didn’t use any rewards to use Sixt, but we did pay with our AMEX which meant that we earned some rewards points that we can use towards our next adventure.
So, here’s my tip for all you AG’s renting cars this summer. First off, book through Sixt. Second, book the cheapest automatic car available on the web. Most European destinations only have a handful of automatics, and these get sold out very quickly, so you are more likely to get an automatic upgrade. (We ended up in St Tropez with a lovely E-Class!) Finally, check in online. In some locations if you do the online check-in, you can simply pick up your keys at a kiosk, bypassing any long line of people.
Ok AG’s- get cruisin’. Whats your best travel tip?
I second the ALWAYS request an automatic car tip. I went to Germany on a work trip and almost got stuck having to teach myself how to drive a manual transmission on the Autobahn! Luckily, Europcar gave me their only automatic transmission – an Audi Q5.
I always rely on viator.com and tripadvisor.com when traveling to see if there are any great specialty tours. For example, this weekend my sister and I found a great wine and tapas tour to kick start our trip to Barcelona!