Although the internet has turned making discounted last minute travel arrangements into something of an art form, the canny traveller knows that the best way to save money is still to plan and book well ahead of time – preferably before everyone else does.
This is certainly true with holiday car hire. The last couple of years have seen stories of massive summer price rises for last minute car rental customers in popular destinations like Spain. The reason for this is that the credit crunch led to major car hire firms reducing the size of their fleets so that they could increase utilisation. This may have been good for their bottom lines but it hasn’t helped car rental customers so much.
Although things are gradually getting back to normal, booking ahead is still worthwhile. Sixt is currently running a special promotion offering savings of up to 30% for anyone booking summer car hire in Spain.