Back up rental car ressies?

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by TandEsMommy, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. TandEsMommy

    TandEsMommy Mouseketeer

    Mar 24, 2009
    I've seen a few posts mentioning having a "back-up" reservation for rental cars. How does this work? Is there no cancellation fee if you don't show up for your reservation? Does this vary between rental companies? Why would you even need one?

    Sorry if this is common-sense or has been explained before; I've never rented at DW before and don't understand why this might be necessary. TIA!
  2. WeLuvTink!

    WeLuvTink! DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2006
    Hello TandEsMommy! :welcome: to the DIS!

    In most cases, rental car reservations are made without your credit card number, hence they can't charge you for not showing up. In practice, rental car agencies know that several reservations will be no-show and plan accordingly.

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    Have a great trip. :hippie:
  3. lost*in*cyberspace

    lost*in*cyberspace DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2005
    It is absolutely unnecessary to make a back-up car rental reservation and I cannot imagine why anyone would recommend doing so.
  4. richmo

    richmo DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2007
    One reason is that sometimes (rarely) they run out of cars. As mentioned earlier, the agencies have a pretty good idea of what percentage of people show up for their reservation, but sometimes they guess wrong. People sometimes extend trips, wind up dropping the car off somewhere else and sometimes cars go down for mechanical reasons and sometimes they give cars away to walkups.

    When they run out of the car class you requested, they will usually try to upgrade you at the same price, but sometimes the only inventory is a downgrade...which may or may not be acceptable, depending upon your circumstances.

    I haven't personally been shut out, but it does happen...

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