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Florida Tolls Are a Rental Car Gotcha

Florida toll pass

Do a fair amount of driving in Florida, and you'll run into a toll road. When that happens in a rental car, it can be a pricey gotcha.

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Can You Use Your E-ZPass in a Rental Car?

E-ZPass in a rental car

You never want pay more than you have to for a rental car. Does your route include a lot of toll roads? There's no reason to pay through the nose for the rental company's expensive toll pass. If you have your own E-ZPass transponder, just bring it along.

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The Lowdown on Avis Preferred

Avis Preferred

When Avis originally launched its motto "We try harder" in 1962, what it really meant was that it tried harder than Hertz, its rival and market leader. Today Avis has ditched the tagline and dropped a peg to the third largest rental car company in the industry. Avis offers a full suite of services primarily aimed at the frequent business traveler.

Avis's loyalty program, Avis Preferred, has two parts: an express rental program that lets you bypass the rental counter and a rewards program to earn free days. It's free to sign up for Avis Preferred, so there's no reason not to. Having said that, the program is not generous enough on its own to compel you to rent from Avis unless you're getting a great rate. And if you're a value-conscious leisure traveler, you might find that Avis's prices tend to stray on the higher side.

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The Lowdown on Budget Fastbreak

Budget Fastbreak

Budget's frequent renter program targets the price-conscious occasional renter rather than the frequent business traveler. Budget Fastbreak offers some—but not all—of the benefits associated with sister company Avis's Preferred service, and usually at a lower daily rate. Like the Alamo Insiders program, Budget Fastbreak is mainly an express rental service rather than a rewards program.

Signing up for Fastbreak is free and only takes a minute or two, so there's absolutely no reason not to do it.

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Why and When You Should Buy Travel Insurance

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More and more Americans are buying travel insurance these days, according to a recent AAA survey. In 2018 travel insurance sales have risen over 20 percent year-to date, while sales increased by 13 percent in the previous year.

Should you buy travel insurance for your next trip? Here are the factors to consider.

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