Travel Safely with Economy Rent a Car

We would like our customers to know what is being done so that they can have the safest, and most pleasant rental experience with Economy Rent a Car. This bulletin aims to detail how we are proactively implementing very strict safety protocols and taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers during these unprecedented times.

Please note our procedures are constantly updated based on federal and local authorities, with the goal to minimize, and ultimately, eliminate the propagation of the Covid19 virus. 

What are we doing? 

  • Our cleaning staff is applying strict health protocols recommended by both local and federal agencies including:
    • Extensive and regular cleaning of areas of high transit as well as rental counter and employee desks.
    • Ensuring that cleaning products are readily available to our staff.
    • Cleaning frequently used items including:
      • Telephones
      • Keyboards and mouse
      • Doorknobs
  • All employees are applying strict protocol, which consists in them:
    • Constantly washing hands especially when:
      • Attending a customer (without gloves)
      • Coming in to work.
      • After sneezing.
      • Returning from lunch or car deliveries.
    • Avoiding touching their face.
    • Using cough and sneezing protocols.
    • Applying social distancing when greeting customers and fellow employees.
    • Using new gloves when possible and properly discarding them immediately after customer interactions.
  • Our car wash and maintenance teams have implemented new procedures including:
    • Using gloves when servicing vehicles.
    • Internal areas are mandated to be disinfected, putting special effort in zones like the steering wheel, handles, gear shift, and doors.
    • Using hospital grade disinfectants to sterilize vehicles 
    • Fumigating cars, when possible, with hospital grade disinfectants.
  • The following changes have been made to the rental facilities to increase social distancing by:
    • Allowing the fewest number of customers and staff in the office during the rental process.
    • Placing acrylic shields on all rental counters.
    • Spacing customers 6 feet apart in lines, seating areas and rental counters.
    • Implementing work-from-home policies for every employee whose responsibilities allow for them to do so.
    • Posting material in prominent locations to encourage customers and staff to take extra precautions and follow company guidelines.
  • To reduce the risk of interactions we have instituted a flexible sick policy and response plan to be proactive in the event of coming in contact with someone who may have Covid19:
    • Monitor employees or customers that presents flu-like symptoms.
    • Asking customers that present flu-like symptoms to wait outside.
    • Asking coworkers with flu-like symptoms to return home.
    • Establishing a safe place for customers who fall ill to wait for medical assistance. 

Finally, we have placed committees in each location responsible for ensuring that these policies are carried out during each shift.

Cancel or modify your reservation

We understand the situation that travelers are going through and the implications it may have on itineraries. That is why, Economy Rent a Car will reimburse its customers for any of the following reasons: 

  • Flight cancellation and/or customer could not get to the rental location
  • Natural disaster prevented travel
  • Illness prevented travel
  • Death in the family prevented travel
  • Jury duty prevented travel
  • Economy was unable to fulfill the customer reservation (example no vehicle available)
  • Any action due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a customer chooses to change the date of their reservation the handling fee will be waived but may be subject to a rate adjustment. For date change please contact 1 877 326 7368. To process a refund if you have any problems with your reservation please email customercare@economyrentacar.com.

The entire Economy family is thankful for the doctors, nurses, first responders, researchers, and public servants who are working to make others’ lives better and get us all through these difficult times.

Going forward we will continue to look for ways to improve our service and rise to the challenge that this moment in time presents. 

7 alternative activities to do during the quarantine

If you are going through the quarantine at home and feel like there is nothing else to do apart from watching series and movies, here is a list of different and entertaining things you can do:

1. Take out your board games

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Now that your family is staying at home, it’s the perfect time to dust off your favorite board games and gather them all to play. Just don’t get too competitive and let your family members win once in a while. This can be an activity that helps you get together as a family and have a good time.

2. Do exercise

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Take advantage of the fact that fitness apps now have offers or are even free, to encourage people to stay at home. For example, Chris Hemsworth during this quarantine period put his routines for free in the Centr app. Sign up before March 31 on their website: https://centr.com/join-us. There are also gyms that are making live videos on their different social networks, to keep you active during this quarantine

3. Put your things in order.

You might always postpone tidying up your room or your desk at home because your work or studies were taking your time, but now is the ideal time to do it. To inspire you, here you have a video with hacks to organize your room.

4. Read a printed book

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A totally screen-free activity. Take advantage of the sunlight and sit in your favorite chair to read that book you always wanted to start or finish, while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.

5. Cook new recipes

Bring out your inner chef and dare to try new food recipes. You can try recipes from the Middle East, Europe… the world is the limit. Here you have the Tasty channel, where you can find thousands of quick and easy recipes. 

6. Dedicate yourself to art

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Painting and drawing is not just for the little ones. This activity will bring you many benefits: it will help you relax and improve your concentration. If you have a printer and colored pencils, here is a page where you can download and print images of all kinds to color.

7. Share time with your pets

We bet that, at this moment where you spend your time indoors, your pets are happy and in a good mood right next to you. Don’t forget about these little ones and take time for them. Find their favorite toys and play with them, give them a bath with warm water or even go further and practice new activities with them such as doing yoga with your pet. 

What other activities do you recommend doing in this quarantine?

5 movies to fuel your wanderlust

We’ve selected some of the best travel movies ever for you. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, you can’t go wrong with this collection of amazing movies:

1. Into The Wild

This is a great move for you if you’re a nature lover who likes camping and exploring outdoors. Christopher, the main character, travels to Alaska to live in the wilderness. This movie is a powerful exploration of human desire and the kindness of strangers.

2. Little Miss Sunshine

This movie will take you back to your family road trips and to your very firsts adventures. This comedy portrays a family as they come together to jump in a VW bus to drive the youngest child on a cross-country trip to the finals of a beauty pageant she’s competing in..

3. Y tu mamá también

This is a coming-of-age road trip movie. The story will remind you about your firsts trips and adventures with your friends. It’s a classic movie from contemporary Mexican cinema that turned Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal into international stars.

4. The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries is based on a motorcycle trip taken by two friends in 1953 from Brazil to Peru. The two characters explore South America and find themselves reconsidering their own values. This story certainly fuels your eagerness to explore.

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel 

This film will transport you to amazing snowy landscapes and towns with spectacular architecture. This funny story is a great motivator for you to start planning that Eurotrip that you’ve always wanted.  

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 What other travel movies do you recommend? Tell us in the comment section!

7 camping tips for beginners

If you seek for adventures and experiences, by doing camping you can have one of the most memorable times of your life. However, being prepared is what makes the difference between a great experience or a disaster trip.

Below you have 7 tips for beginners and first-time campers to explore the great outdoors:

1. Choose your campsite and explore the facilities

Book a campsite with high quality facilities and a town nearby so you can buy supplies if you forget something.

2. Make a list of what you need to purchase

You may need to purchase equipment such as: tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, pillows, blankets, chair, stove, fuel for stove…

3. Try out your equipment beforehand

Put your tent up at least once in your backyard, try the flashlight…Reading instructions on how to work something at the campsite itself it isn’t a good idea.

4. Plan your meals

Plan what you’re going to eat and how you’re going to cook. Also check campsite rules to see if you’re allowed to start a campfire. Need some ideas for your meals? Take a look at these healthy snacks ideas.

5. Bring a first aid kit

It’s essential to your well-being to have a camping-appropriate first aid kit. Prepare your kit with this recommendations.

6. Prepare for the drive

You’re likely to drive some long distances to get to your campsite. Plan your route before hitting the road. Do you need to rent a car for your camping experience? Book with us now!

7. Remember that it’s meant to be fun for all

Things may not go the way you envision them to go, but try to go with the flow and focus on the fun things of this new experience.

If you have another useful camping, let us know in the comments!

5 of the best spring road trips

If you’re dreaming of a road trip this spring break, we’ve got some ideas for the best road trip ever. Here are some of the most iconic and scenic highways we recommend you:

1. Iceland’s Ring Road

You’ll get the chance to drive through surreal landscapes full of geysers, lava fields, glaciers and dreamy waterfalls.

Approximate length: 1.200 Km

Check out our tips for taking a road trip in Iceland.

2. Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon

Drive from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge and on to volcanic Mount Hood. The road is pleasant and the beautiful river offers great views full of waterfalls.

Approximate length: 170 Km

3. Road to Hana, Hawaii

Discover landascapes of extreme nature suchs as tropical forests, waterfalls and volcanos.

Approximate length: 105 Km

Ready to drive through Hawaii? Book a car with us now!  

4. Furka pass, Switzerland

Take this road trip to have amazing views of the Alps and great experience of Swiss nature.

Approximate length: 28 Km

5. Chemin du Roy, Quebec

The Chemin du Roy or King’s Road connects Repentigny, Old Québec City and Charlevoix Region travelling through small history towns along its way. This route takes you through Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve, a great spot for nature lovers.

Approximate length: 260 Km

Looking for a vehicle to drive around Quebec? We have the one for you

What other road trips do you recommend for spring? Tell us

The definitive plan to save money for your dream trip

It doesn’t matter if you want weekend trip or travel for weeks or even months … we’ll show you an effective plan to save money for that trip you’ve been craving so much.

To get started:

Track your spending

Try to track of how much money you spend weekly or monthly. You can use an excel file or mobile apps like Dollar Bird to keep the record. You’ll realize how much you spend on things that aren’t that necessary.

Make a budget

You could define an amount for your monthly expenses and divided it into general items such as: food, nights out, trips, clothing, transportation, among others.

Set realistic goals

Ideally, this budget should be less than what you normally spend. Saving 10 or 15% of your monthly income is a good goal.

Tips to save money

So, you already established a budget and savings goals … Now you may be asking yourself: “how do I make it work?” We present the tips for you to achieve your saving goals:

1. Cook more

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Avoid going out to dinner or ordering express food. Isn’t it fun and healthy to cook with your partner and/or  friends?

2. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions

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You don’t need to be subscribed to media or streaming services that you barely use.

3. Buy less clothes

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Do you need that quantity of shoes or so many scarfs? Maybe you don’t get to use them that often or at all.

4. Walk more, use the bicycle or public transportation

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No doubt using your car may be more convenient but using other forms of transportation can help you to save money an to stay healthier!

5. Reduce weekend nights out

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You can watch movies at home or invite your friends and family to visit you instead of going out and spend money.

We hope that the trip of your dreams come true with this plan we designed for you. Remember, you can count on our cars. Book here.

5 Spring Break Destinations

1. Cancún, México

In Cancún we’re located right in the International Airport:

 

2. San José del Cabo, México

You can find us at Los Cabos International Airport:

 

3. Punta Cana, Dominican Rep.

You can find us at Punta Cana International Airport:

 

4. Jamaica

We’re located in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital:

 

5. Puerto Rico

Our office is located conveniently located at San Juan Downtown, the capital of this beautiful island:

 

Have you chosen your spring break destination? Rent a car with us here!

Let’s discover Los Ángeles with Economy!

One of the most important touristic destinations in the world is the city of Los Ángeles and that´s why a location of Economy Rent a Car must be there.

Our office is located less than 5 minutes away from Los Ángeles International Airport (LAX), on 5280 West Century Boulevard.

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How do I go to the office?

Despite being quite close to the airport (less than 2 miles away), walking that distance with your bags on you could be quite exhausting. That´s why we offer you a shuttle service from the airport to our office. To take this transport you must go outside of the arrival area (on the inferior level) and find the blue sign that says “LAX Shuttle Airline Connections”, and take the “Greenline Shuttle” to the Car Rental Deposit. Once there, go to first spot and there the Allied Shuttle will be waiting for you. In case you need further assistance you can call us at 866-700-7368 or at 877-326-7368.

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What vehicle can i choose on this location?

No matter what you need, either a compact vehicle to travel on your own, a SUV to ride with your whole family or a convertible to feel the sun, at Economy Rent a Car we offer a wide fleet for all your needs. At this link you can watch the vehicles we have available in Los Ángeles: https://www.economyrentacar.com/vehicles/los-angeles-car-rental

Business Hours:

Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 23:00

Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 – 23:00

Remember that your best option is always Economy Rent a Car, both in quality and good prices. To reserve your vehicle you can do it through our website (www.economyrentacar.com) or calling any of our numbers: https://www.economyrentacar.com/contact-us

 

5 healthy snack ideas for your next adventure

Whether you’re going for a beach or hiking day, or even for a long trip in Asia, it’s good for you to bring your own snacks. In this post we’re going to tell why and provide with ideas for the snacks of your next adventure.

Preparing and packing your own snacks may help you to save money and to keep up with your diet or your lifestyle. Remember that traveling requires a lot of planning for all to go the best way possible. Check out these tips to take care of your health on your next trip.

Let’s go with ideas for your next adventure!

1. Veggies and Fruits

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You can take them chopped in cups or as smoothies:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Broccoli florets
  • Baby carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Celery sticks
  • Radishes
  • Cherries
  • Clementines
  • Apples

2. Lemon Basil Hummus

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Ingredients

  • 2 15.5 oz cans chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained, juice reserved
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Take a look how to prepare hummus.

3. Cheese Popcorn

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Ingredients

  • 1 full-size bag microwave popcorn (alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup of whole kernels on the stove to make your popcorn)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)

4. Oven-Dried Sweet Potato Chips

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Ingredients

  • Two large sweet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices.

5. Vegan Wraps

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Ingredients

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons of hummus
  • 1/4 avocado (sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts (or a few leaves of green lettuce or both)
  • 2 to 4 tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices

What’s your favorite travel snack? Let us know!