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Renting a car in the almost post-COVID isn’t like anything you have seen before.

  • Are car rentals really $200++? (In many places, yes!)
  • Will there be a car there when I arrive? (Maybe)
  • What about those car rental alternatives like Turo?
  • Should you book now or wait? (Now!)
  • Should you book a prepaid rental? (NO!)
  • Will a prepaid rental guarantee a car? (No!)
  • Will car rental company status help? (Yes, kind of!)

But don’t take my word for it. Jonathan Weinberg is the CEO of AutoSlash and far smarter than me on the rental car apocalypse.

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And don’t forget to make sure you are using a credit card with primary car rental coverage like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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