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$259 a day for a rental car? Here’s how to rent one this summer without blowing your budget

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$259 a day for a rental car? Here’s how to rent one this summer without blowing your budget

Car rental prices in the U.S. are soaring as popular tourist destinations struggle to keep up with demand from travelers emerging from a year-long pandemic. Nationwide, the average daily car rental rate is $109, up 90% since 2019, and in some markets there simply are no cars left to be rented. “If you were to plan a trip to Alaska right now, you would have to go without a rental car,” said Jonathan Weinberg, founder and CEO of AutoSlash, a company that helps consumers track car rental prices.