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#TravelHacks: Avoid Young Driver Car Rental Fees

Rental car companies can suck it. They charge you for even touching one of their precious rides. And if you’re under 25, you can go ahead and hand over that arm and leg now. For most companies, you can expect to pay between $15-20/day extra just for daring to be young. That’s crazy talk for most of us struggling to make ends meet on our first-job paychecks. But let us rejoice because there is a loop hole (my favorite).

USAA is well-known for insuring active duty and veteran military members, but few know about the company’s travel perks. In fact, for all of its members over 18 years old, USAA waives the under 25 driver fee AND even the additional driver fee for popular rental car companies like Hertz and Enterprise. That means you can pay what normal middle-aged people pay to get from point A to point B and bring a friend while you’re at it.

Now you might be thinking “Gee whiz I’m not a member of the military.” But fantastic news: you don’t have to be to sign up for an account! Even if you have no association with the military in any way, shape or form, you can sign up for a free account and benefit from this and other travel perks (just don’t expect to sign up for insurance while you’re at it, because that’s reserved for military members and their families only). I’m not even endorsed to say this, I’m just amped.

Literally…

  1. Go to usaa.com.
  2. Sign up for a free account.
  3. Click on “Products” on the top menu bar.
  4. Select “Travel Deals” under “Shopping & Discounts”.

Once you’re there, you will see all the ways you can save, including sending that pesky rental car fee straight to hell. Just enter your pick-up location and dates and choose your company and car type. The discount applies automatically. Yay #travelhacks.

As always, comment with questions.

Bye, Bye, Bye

Erica

 

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