How to plan a last-minute vacation

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  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    July 12, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    There is another trick I love for saving money. If you are going to an area that is served by more than one airport, the price of rental cars can vary a lot from airport to airport. I just checked on prices for renting an economy car from July 15-19 in the Bay Area from a major car rental company:

    San Francisco: $710
    San Jose: $772
    Sacramento $877
    Oakland $369
    Monterey $393

    You can also save lots of money by not renting at the airport. For example, the San Francisco airport charges an obscene amount in fees for rental cars. You can just take public transportation downtown (about $10) and find a city office of the car rental company and sometimes save really big bucks.

    Shop around.