Car Rentals and Bonwi: A Winning Combination

The gorgeous Vasco da Gama bridge between Lisbon and Alcochete, Portugal.
The gorgeous Vasco da Gama bridge between Lisbon and Alcochete, Portugal.

Bonwi might be better known at this point for the best way to accumulate points for hotel stays, but it’s also one of the best ways to accumulate points for car rentals.

You can use Bonwi points for car rentals that you accumulate after simply booking a hotel (at a great price) using Bonwi.  You can not only use them to rent car in cities like Denver Colorado, but you can also find car rentals down under…in Lisbon!

Salema is a small beach village on the Atlantic coast in Portugal's Algarve. It's the kind of place you really need a rental car to reach, and you can find one at Bonwi.com.
Salema is a small beach village on the Atlantic coast in Portugal’s Algarve. It’s the kind of place you really need a rental car to reach, and you can find one at Bonwi.com.

Portugal is a great country for a road trip. We just returned from a trip that took us from swingin’ Lisbon town down to the famous Algarve, in the bottom of the country. Not on the Mediterranean, it’s on the sparkling Atlantic.

One of the places we really enjoyed was the village of Salema. It’s a small village with seafood restaurants right on the beach, and just a few tiny hotels and BnBs. But it’s also not connected any major cities by bus or train. You really do need a car to enjoy a place like Salema, or other parts of the Algarve like Faro or Lagos.

There are so many small towns like Salema that are unique and make for the kinds of experiences everyone wants on their vacations. The freedom of the open road, being able to stop whenever you like, and most of all, not paying a fortune for your rental car.

One thing that you’ll want to do on the trip is to allow the rental car company to take care of the tolls that occur quite frequently on the A2 and other motorways. There is an option at places like Europcar that you give them a credit card and they are automatically charged…the other way to do it is to stop and pay within 24 hours of passing by the toll gantry. But for most people, it’s a no-brainer to allow the tolls to be paid by credit card.

So the next time you’re in the mood for a road trip, consider using your Bonwi. First find a hotel at a great price, and then use the points you get to book a car rental for peanuts!