Big Online Summer Car Rental Deals for Early Bookers

March 26, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
March 26, 2011 -, a leader in online rental rate comparison, is giving UK holidaymakers a big heads up by showing that hire car rates almost double when you book at the last minute. Travellers who have made their summer vacation plans already, should reserve their hire car as well and enjoy up to 50% off the rates they'll pay in August.

Managing Director of, Gareth Robinson, said: "If you've already booked your travel itinerary for the summer holidays, you can save even more by booking car hire early. Our research shows that customers who book their rental cars in the same month they travel pay as much as 50% more."

"What's more, when you make your rental reservation early you get the pick of the crop. August is a very busy month for holidaymakers, and popular rental cars are often sold out well in advance. Extras like baby seats and sat navs are also hot items, and only available in limited numbers. Customers who wait often find there's little to choose from."

At the moment, you can go online and secure a rental car for half the cost you will pay in August. The car rental prices in Alicante is now just £16* per day. Last year, people who waited until August to finalise their bookings paid around £31 each day. That's a savings of nearly 50%.

Some of the UK's most popular summer travel destinations like the Costa del Sol and the south of France are a bargain for car hire rates. is showing daily and weekly rates that are half as much as they'll be in four months' time. Why pay more if you already have your travel plans in place?

"Another perk of acting early is the chance to take advantage of special deals on larger rental vehicles like minivans," Gareth adds. "Since compact cars are so popular in the summer, many car hire firms offer incredible deals on their bigger vehicles. Be sure and check out those rates as well when you are shopping for your rental."

During March and April the weekly rental rates on a variety of hire cars at popular airports is shockingly low. Book soon and you can get a car for around £17* a day at Malaga Airport, £13* per day at Barcelona Airport, £18* per day at Larnaca Airport or £16* at Lisbon's Airport.

All of the latest rental rates on hire cars are available at They show the prices from big names such as Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Avis and many more. Visit their website at to see the latest rental rates.

*Prices based on a one-week rental from 20 August 2011 and are subject to change.