The Best Car Rental Tip to Avoid Nasty Credit Card Bills – Part 2

How to avoid nasty “surprises” in your credit card statement?

In previous article we looked at airport surcharges and how they can affect your total bill. Now, let’s have a look at other components that can add to your total credit bill.


Your rental car comes with a standard insurance liability of between $2900 and $3300 depending on a car rental supplier. This liability can be further reduced by paying an extra daily charge of between $25 and $27. However, since the price of insurance is almost half of what you pay for you car, I recommend that you check your credit card/travel/car insurance to make sure it doesn’t cover you in a rental car.

Gasoline Charges

For your convenience most car rental companies provide cars with a full tank of fuel. However, be assured that if you don’t return the car with a full tank you will pay a higher price for petrol used to fill up the empty tank. Most car rental companies these days offer the option of purchasing a full tank of gas when you first take the car, enabling you to return the car with as much or as little fuel as you wish.

Please note that there is no refund for unused fuel, so it’s likely you’ll be paying a little extra for the convenience of skipping the trip to the gas station.

Drop-Off Charges

An extra fee is usually charged if a car is returned to a different location than where it was picked up. This fee varies by location; in some instances there is no charge, while you could pay $300 or more for cross-country drop-offs. However, some companies do not require a charge when dropping off in-state at many Queensland and New South Wales locations.

The 24-Hour Clock

Car rental industry operates on a 24-hour clock rate. However, there is also a 59-minute grace period before hourly charges apply. To give you an example, if you rent a car at 12:00pm on Tuesday and return it by 12:59pm on Wednesday, you will be charged for one day only. However, if you return the car after 27 hours (in this case after 15:00) you’ll then be charged for the full extra day. Hourly charges apply between 25-27 hours.

Early Returns

When you rent a car for a particular number of days, you sign a sale contract for that period. So, just like with any other contracts out there, if you break your contract you must pay cancellation fees. Since, car rental companies set their rates based on the rental period, the longer you keep the car the cheaper the daily base rate. If you managed to reserve a car for 7 days using one of these “hot” weekly specials and then decide to bring the car two days earlier, you might get charged at a default daily rate and your total car rental charge for 5 days might end up costing you more than if you kept the car for 7 days. Therefore, please don’t forget to ask a car rental agent if you pay different daily rate for earlier returns.


Travel With These 5 Healthy Foods

The 5 selected foods will boost your energy, control your blood sugar levels and even provide you with the antioxidants you need to combat the stress of traveling or the change in sleep schedules.

The selected snack items require little to no refrigeration and contain a variety of nutrients. They also travel well and take up little space.

Apples – This easy fruit has great fiber and is very refreshing when traveling. I call apples natures toothbrush, with my teeth always feeling cleaner after I’ve eaten my apple. Apples will stay fresh for over a week, minus any bruising. The fiber will balance your blood sugar levels, cleanse your digestive tract and has few calories.

Raw Nuts – Having a variety of raw nuts on hand will give you a powerful punch of minerals, vitamins and good quality fat and protein ratios. I also like to add Goji Berries with my raw nuts, which is considered a superfood. Goji berries offer protection from cancer, increasing longevity, boosting the immune system and lowering cholesterol. Since all dried fruit has higher amounts of sugar, I always consume with a fat and protein, such as raw nuts to slow the glucose load. Other foods to add to your raw nut mix are cocoa nibs, shredded coconut and any seasonings to add flavor to your mix. My favorite is nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

Hemp Seeds – can be purchased in sealed foiled bags for easy transport. They have been used for over 2000 years as a healing and tonifiying food in treating a number of ailments. Hemp is protein rich, gluten free with great omega fatty acids and fiber.

Chia Seeds – More and more people are becoming aware of Chia Seeds and the healthy properties they hold. They contain great omega 3 fatty acids, hunger satisfying protein and lots of antioxidants. Mix 2 tbsps of chia seeds per 16 oz of water and you’ve got a hydrating power pack snack.

Carrots or Pea pods – the art of chewing is sometimes great to pass the time while traveling. So if you must chew, chew on fibrous veggies that will provide nutrients. This crunchy snack doesn’t need refrigeration for an entire day and is rich in vitamin A and K and other antioxidants.

This is a good start on high nutrient dense foods to carry with you while traveling. Simple yet effective ideas. So, what’s your favorite traveling snack?