"I went on line for a vacation here a week ago and it was a short vacation and it took me four different websites and I kind of laughed and thought that's expensive for a simple car."
We met Phil Vonberg in the rental car parking garage at the Salt Lake International Airport. He says he got a deal on his flight but not on his ride.
"I called Hertz, sold out. And two other places were sold out this weekend and that was my question, are rates high because of a conference perhaps? And they said, no, it's just the way it is right now," Vonberg says.
As a matter of fact, the New York Times is reporting that rental car prices are up as much as sixty five percent from this time last year.
"They've decreased their fleet sizes, it's supply and demand. They don't have as many cars to sell so they are able to sell for more," says Jennifer Dunyon from Get Away Today Vacations.
Fleets have decreased this summer, but Dunyon says people are also putting off renting their cars until the very last minute.
"I think the reason why is, people forget that step in their vacation planning. They look for the best airfare then don't think about rental car until a week or two before their vacation," she says.
Dunyon says you have to plan ahead. And when you get to the counter don't get dinged on add ons like car seats or car insurance. You may already have that through your credit card company anyway. And always ask for upgrades.
Phil Vonberg says in this economy you can't afford not to.
"A lot of times you go on the internet and find discount codes for the car you are going to use and that's the best way to do it. You have to get the best bang for your buck."
More advice for fall travel? Dunyon says try to avoid key travel weekends and if you are planning a trip over Thanksgiving or Christmas, book it now to get the best deals. For more travel tips you can visit getawaytoday.com