While saving my sanity during my holiday travels might be a lost cause, I figured the next best thing I could do was save money. By using my American Express card’s extended rental car protection plan, I was able to do just that.
My expensive lesson about car rentals and credit cards came after a couple of accidents, one involving a rental car. And the luck of the draw — in this case which credit card my husband drew from his wallet to pay for the rental car — cost us $600.
I got an expected but still surprising reminder this week of the South Florida vacation I took a month ago. It was a $7 charge on my credit card for tolls on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike.
Rental car companies should warn customers that automated toll plazas may be encountered in a city and that those charges, plus administrative fees from both the toll collector and the rental car company, will be billed to the credit card. Had I been given a heads up by the car company, I would have taken steps to avoid the toll road. There are alternative routes that take longer but avoid the tolls.