Book­ing on­line is a headache. How can I get the best deal with­out heav­ing my lap­top out the win­dow?

The Washington Post Sunday - - DEAL HUNTER -

We feel your pain— the jumble of re­sults thatHertz re­turned when I searched for rental lo­ca­tions in the District in­cluded a mil­i­tary base and a pri­vate airfield.

For ease of nav­i­ga­tion, Avis gets the gold star. But don’t let a hard-to-nav­i­gateWeb site de­ter you. Com­pany sites are full of ways to save ex­tra.

En­roll in the free Avis Pre­ferred ser­vice to save your book­ing in­for­ma­tion and skip lines at rental lo­ca­tions. The site’s Deals page of­fers dis­counts, such as 30 per­cent off a week­end rental.

Sign up for Bud­get’s weekly Hot Deals e-mail and check the site’s Last-Minute Deals page reg­u­larly. There’s a free iGoogle gad­get with top rental deals for cities of your choice.

Join Dol­lar Ex­press, which is like Avis Pre­ferred. Check the site’s Spe­cials page, sign up for e-mails and don’t miss out on spe­cials that of­fer a few­dol­lars off or in­ex­pen­sive up­grades.

Sign up for En­ter­prise Plus. It saves your book­ing info and of­fers e-mail spe­cials.

The freeHertz #1 Club saves pro­file in­for­ma­tion and of­fers dis­counts and up­grades via email.

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