Travel Cheaply With Rental Car Relocations

In developed countries, the cost of travelling can really add up, especially if your plans include hiring a vehicle in large countries such as Australia, United States or Canada. One option to beat the transportation costs is doing a rental car relocation. They are often advertised for $1 per day and sometimes if they need the car moved urgently the fuel costs are partially or fully paid for by the rental company.

Relocations are always one way because, for various reasons, car rental companies need their vehicles moved from one city to another. A common reason is that they have a customer who has made a booking in one place for a particular type of vehicle that is only located elsewhere. Instead of losing the business, they arrange to have the required vehicle relocated. This can be done by putting the car onto a truck or driven by a company employee but this can be expensive to the point of being unfeasible.

A much better option is for them to offer a very cheap or even free one-way rental. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement because the rental car company get their vehicle moved to where they need it and the driver gets a very economical trip. Everyone wins. I’ve done two relocations totalling 4,000km and I’d have no hesitation to personally recommend the idea.

There are a couple of things to be aware of though. The first is that, because the car is being moved for their business purposes, the rental company doesn’t want it taking a long time. So relocation rentals always have a time limit that allows for comfortable delivery of the vehicle but no more. This time depends on the distance to be travelled and you are generally expected to cover about 500km per day. Therefore most relocation deliveries are for two or three days and if you would like for more time then perhaps it’s not the best option.

The other consideration with rental car relocations is that you can’t make a booking in advance. They are entirely dependent on what needs to be moved at the time. So the whole arrangement usually happens rather quickly and often has an element of luck involved. Being flexible with your time helps but your good fortune also needs to extend to the type of car. You need something to match your requirements and if that’s not available within your travel schedule you’ll probably have to forgo the idea.

What does help though is there are a number of websites which are solely dedicated to rental car relocations. These sites act on behalf of different companies so you are immediately increasing your chances of finding what you want. So if you have flexibility with timing and want a very cheap way to travel, investigate whether the option is available. With a few friends or people gathered together from a hostel and the appropriate driver’s licence you may wonder why you didn’t think of the idea before!

Top Tips for Collecting VIP Business Visitors From the Airport

If you are expecting an extremely important business visitor arriving at an Airport, you will be keen to make exactly the right impression.

Surprisingly perhaps, some organisations seem to fail to grasp the reality of this and can suffer significant initial impressions damage as a result.

So, here are a few top tips and associated facts of life relating to this critically important activity.

1. Arrange for a personal collection. Make sure that there is a chauffeur and preferably a representative of your business waiting at the Airport to greet the person arriving. Thoughtfully faxing them a map before they depart, showing the local public transport access points at the Airport of arrival, just will not have the same impact.

2. Don’t entrust your travel arrangements to taxis. Sometimes that may work fine but if it doesn’t, standing with your arriving guests in a lengthy queue at the taxi rank with their luggage in tow may well be a bad start to your future business relationship.

3. Be punctual. This really shouldn’t need saying but it’s worth remembering that being late is not a concept you’ll want to be associated with your organisation.

4. Avoid launching straight into business discussion unless your visitor initiates it. Any form of travel, particularly air travel, can be tiring even on comparatively short hops. The person arriving may be jaded and looking to simply unwind a little before getting into the heavyweight business of your discussions. So, unless they wish otherwise, keep the conversation light and social until your limousine has delivered you to your final destination.

5. Plan in time for a short comfort break at the Airport. Keep in mind that some travellers do not like using aircraft WCs unless absolutely necessary and bundling them straight from arrivals into the waiting car as ‘time is tight’ might not be considerate. So, give them a few minutes if they need it.

6. Take into account long-haul flight fatigue. Some people can climb straight off a 15-hour flight and go directly into high-intensity meetings. Others find that extremely difficult and may function sub-optimally until they get a night’s sleep. Where schedules and budgets allow build that into your planning after collection from the Airport.

7. Be specific about your rendezvous point in the Airport. It’s relatively common to see ‘lost’ business travellers wandering aimlessly around airports searching for their chauffeur, who happens to be waiting in a different location. If you are using an experienced Airport transfer limousine provider, their chauffeurs will know the Airport like the back of the hand. Ask them to specify exactly where they will be standing and pass this on to your visitor prior to their arrival. Be cautious about leaving this vague, such as “arrivals”.

8. Keep your transfer sedate and luxurious. Be prepared to spend a little extra on a luxury limousine hire and then don’t overload it. Being met by one business representative together with a chauffeur is fine but having a veritable delegation waiting can be overpowering – particularly if everyone then tries to jam into the same the vehicle.

9. Be aware of cultural sensitivities. In some cultures it would be considered unusual or inappropriate for a male visitor to be greeted by an unaccompanied female representative and vice versa, particularly where that involved riding together in the passenger area of the vehicle. Whether you agree with those views is obviously a matter for you, yet do recognise that they exist.

10. Take your chauffeur’s advice on routes and durations. As professionals, they should know the local area extremely well including things such as local en-route sightseeing opportunities but also where there may be traffic bottlenecks etc. If they advise avoiding a particular route to or from the airport, be inclined to take it seriously rather than simply imposing your view as to what is the best way to go.

How to Enjoy First Class and Business Class Flights Without Spending Much

First and business class on any flight are simply comfortable and relaxing. Gourmet food, flat screen TVs, reclining seats and excellent services are some of the things you stand to enjoy when flying these classes. For this reason many people would give anything to fly the classes. The truth however is that the tickets for the classes can be more expensive compared to the economy class. Luckily, by taking advantage of a few things, you also stand the chance to enjoy and fly the famed first and business class cheaply.

1. Contact your preferred airlines. It might seem like much, but the fact is that some major airlines have cut fares on business class and you might just get the chance to enjoy the cheap fares. It is however also important to check on any restrictions, travel and stay limits before booking.

2. Sign up to get a premium credit card. Chances are you might enjoy offers that give you a chance to enjoy cheap business class and even first class. You can select the card to match your favorite airline to enjoy such offers.

3. Try an upgrade for your economy ticket. Your travel agent could do this easily and get you to business class at a cheaper rate. You can also consider flying one way first class flight to enjoy the goodness of the flight to your destination and then make preparations to come back on another class.

4. Fly with airlines that are not all that popular. The airlines will usually have undercut fares compared to larger airlines to attract travelers and you can travel in the same comfort and convenience at a lower charge.

5. Be up to date with any discounts, coupons and travel deals by signing up for newsletters with your favorite airlines. This way, you will always be among the first people to know about any deals that can land you in the business class cheaply.

6. Build your frequent flier miles by being loyal to one airline. You can later redeem the travel rewards to fly business class or first class. You also have the chance to enjoy loyalty rewards and enjoy class upgrades with the miles.

7. Use credit cards offering elite status. When using the card for your flight booking, you could end up enjoying great discounts from your airline. You could also enjoy mile awards and automatic upgrades to the classes.

8. Try last minute flight deals. Chances of finding last minute business class deals are numerous since most airlines wish to fly in full capacity and hence reduce the fares when departure time approaches. You can use the internet to find the various last minute deals you can take advantage of from the different airlines.

9. Besides using last minute bookings, you can also try and book as early as possible especially when flying to popular destinations. This way, you will enjoy lower fares before they are hiked especially during the peak season to the destination approaching.

10. Fly newer airlines. They will tend to offer discounts on flights to allow travelers try what they have. If you are lucky, you can actually fly first class on such airlines at very cheap rates.