Archive for July, 2012
Since cheap flights are so cheap, low cost carriers usually make up for profit they have lost by charging their passengers through other things i.e. a certain amount for food, seating preference or even leg room. Other extra charges that are considered by many customers as hidden charges in cheap flights include baggage costs. With these in mind, how can you keep your low cost flight cheap?
Wars often force big changes. Some produce bigger countries by conquest, others turn the borders into fortresses. Before World War I, people could travel all around Europe and into Russia without having a passport. There might be a mass of smaller countries nestling in the midst of larger Empires, but there was trust between the people. Even though Britain and Russia fought each other, this did not change. But, come 1918, there was a complete loss of trust, and both passports and visas became necessary to pass from one country to another. After the end of World War II, there was a general sense that nationalism was a bad thing, so people came together and formed the United Nations. Trust between countries improved and many allowed people to pass across borders without passports. In Europe, the key moment came in 1985 with the signature of the Schengen Agreement.
Although car rental companies have the same basic procedures for renting a car, many of them also can first ask you a few questions in order to serve their clients better and offer thet make and modelmost appropriate for a customer’s needs. And what is great about these companies is that they usually give their customers a rundown on what vehicle is available for rent.
Marketers are a wonderful group of people who earn their money by persuading you to part with your money. Remember, this process is always about separating you from your money, so everything possible is done to make the prize look attractive. It all starts with the headline prices. Like everyone else, you are looking for cheap car rental. That’s why there’s big print at the top of the page promising you can rent a vehicle for as little as $6 a day. Look around the internet and see how many rental companies appear to be offering rates less than $10 a day. It’s amazing! Now comes the painful part of this article as we have to get into the math. Suppose you see an advertised rate of $9 for a day or part of a day. That would mean the rental company could earn a maximum of $279 in a 31 day month. Except, of course, it’s unusual for a company to be able to rent out each vehicle for 365 days a year. Most only manage about 80% of the days, i.e. about 24 days a month, giving an income of $216 per month. Now ask yourself whether any commercial organization could take $216 and cover the cost of the vehicle, insure it, repair and maintain it, and pay someone to sit in an office and have you pay to drive it away. The answer, of course, is “No!” It’s impossible.