Monday, June 16, 2008

InsureMe Highlights Ways to Save on Car Rentals during the Holidays

InsureMe Highlights Ways to Save on Car Rentals during the Holidays

Insurance shopping service gives tips to save time and money.

DENVER (PRWEB) December 22, 2005

The rental car industry, which raked in over $17 billion in 2004, is likely to see a spike in auto rentals over the holidays as travelers scurry to reach their destinations. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates that more than 30 million Americans will travel over the holiday season.

To help consumers save time and money on auto rentals, InsureMe, a consumer-agent link to finding insurance online, is providing some tips for saving time and money at the rental counter.

When it comes to getting the most affordable rate on a rental car, good prices come to those who shop. Many travel sites now offer online rental shopping, making it easy for consumers to compare rates.

In addition, consumer travel sites like FreeTravelTips. com emphasize the importance of asking about discounts for members of auto clubs, as well as government, military and corporate employees. Frequent flyers may also be eligible for discounts when renting a car.

Drivers can also save money by avoiding unnecessary insurance coverage on a rental car. While rental car companies sell liability, personal injury protection and uninsured/underinsured coverages, many consumers don’t bother to consult their personal policies before purchasing rental coverage—resulting in duplicate coverage and wasted money.

To avoid overlapping insurance coverage on rental cars, consumers should consult their insurance professional regarding coverage in rental cars, namely if their personal policy will cover damage caused by the insured, damage caused by uninsured/underinsured drivers and provide protection from any medical claims arising from passengers or other motorists in the event of an accident. If these coverages are not transferable from personal policies, supplemental coverage should be purchased through the rental car agency.

Consumers are also advised to investigate rental car coverage under major credit cards. While rental coverage is often a benefit to the cardholder, most credit card companies only offer secondary coverage, which means that they will look to the cardholder’s personal insurance to cover claims that arise during the rental period. Calling the credit card company is the best way to obtain a summary of rental coverages under the card.

To speed the rental process during the holiday season, booking the car ahead of time is essential. And, to ensure quick processing at the registration desk, consumers should be prepared to give their confirmation number, driver’s license, insurance card and any coupons they wish to put toward the rental fee.

About InsureMe

InsureMe, an Englewood, Colorado-based company, links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. Specializing in auto, home, life, long-term care and health insurance quotes, the InsureMe network provides thousands of agents with insurance leads every year. For more information, visit www. InsureMe. com.


Orecast. com Offers Fashion For Any Forecast

Orecast. com Offers Fashion For Any Forecast

Innovative new web site Orecast. com answers the age-old question, "What should I wear today?" with the simple click of a mouse. The site helps users find and select clothing and gear suitable for the current and upcoming weather in their area.

New York (PRWEB) February 26, 2009

Newly launched fashion web site Orecast (www. orecast. com) puts fashionable, handpicked goods for any weather at shoppers' fingertips, effectively answering the age-old question, "What should I wear today?" with the simple click of a mouse. The unique online shopping resource allows consumers to enter their hometown zip code to receive recommendations for the best apparel, accessories and other goods based on the current and upcoming weather in their area.

"Fashion and weather are two things that are always changing, so I wanted to create a place where people could track them together to help manage and inform their daily fashion choices," said Katherine Leu, founder of Orecast. com. "Orecast aims to not only provide users with fun, practical advice for dressing according to the weather forecast, but also help them discover new, independent labels, designers and products on the web."

Whether they're headed to the airport, the office or the park, all consumers will find a wide range of stylish items for any weather on Orecast. com, including apparel, outerwear, footwear, sunglasses and other fashion and lifestyle accessories, along with weekly weather forecasts to help plan their daily wardrobe. Users can sort products according to style and type of attire (business, casual, active, etc.), and each item is coded with colored icons indicating its performance in a variety of climate conditions, such as temperature, humidity and wind.

Travelers who are planning business or personal trips to U. S. cities with different weather patterns will find the web site extremely useful when preparing what to pack, and they can also shop for items that are specific to the elements of their destination city, such as a waterproof windbreaker for camping in the mountains or the hottest new sunglasses for a trip to sunny California.

Additionally, Orecast. com offers a password-protected area, where users are able to create a username and password and set preferences to receive personalized product recommendations. Users are also invited to sign up for the Orecaster newsletter, which is slated to launch later this year and will serve up free weekly weather forecasts and tips on what to wear.

Items featured on Orecast. com are currently handpicked and recommended by a team of design insiders, including Leu, who is a graduate of New York City's Cooper Union. The web site also welcomes submissions from brands via the web site.