If you're planning to rent a vehicle or drive while overseas, you may need an International Driving Permit. It's something that is often overlooked by Australian travellers, but it could cause a lot of problems for you if you don't have one. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is essentially an internationally-recognised translation of your Australian driver licence. It's … [Read more...]
Car Hire is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. In this category we provide tips, tricks and chat about car rental companies.
While Avis and Budget may be Qantas partners, don't buy Qantas frequent flyer points to redeem with these companies. Qantas points are expensive and redeeming them for car hire is poor value.
One of the benefits of Virgin Australia status is the complimentary car hire loyalty program status match. If you have Gold or Platinum Velocity status, you can automatically receive an equivalent status level in either the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards or Europcar Privelege program. But which program is the better choice for your Velocity car hire status match? To answer this … [Read more...]
An AFF member is frustrated with their car rental agency after being falsely charged for excess mileage. Not only was the charge incorrect, but nutwood was not notified that the fee had been deducted from their credit card. The erroneous car rental charges were eventually refunded, but only after being disputed several times. It seems this incident is far from a one-off. Car … [Read more...]
One member is furious after being ripped off by car rental company Hertz. This member hired a car in Perth, returning it to the airport with a full tank of petrol. Despite this, their credit card was later charged $26.39 for fuel. Another member reports a strikingly similar experience with Hertz. They not only returned the car with a full tank of petrol, but also showed … [Read more...]
You're better off abandoning loyalty programs and forgoing status, according to one member. They believe loyalty has become increasingly meaningless as the relationship is skewed so heavily in favour of the business. Instead of reciprocating the loyalty shown by their customers, businesses are taking it for granted. In a recent experience with car rental agency Europcar, our … [Read more...]