Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Kristin
Heading to Hawaii? We strongly recommend renting a car during your stay, which will give you the freedom to explore must-see beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes and hiking trails. While rental cars can be a significant expense, they don’t have to break the bank. Use these five tips to get a discount on a Hawaii car rental and say aloha to affordable rates.
Join Loyalty Programs
There’s a good chance you already have a key to unlocking a great car rental rate in your wallet or email inbox: memberships to loyalty programs. These are not just limited to car rental programs like Budget Fastbreak or Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, but memberships in organizations like Costco, AARP and AAA.
Check for Coupons
Finding a discount code to lower the price of your Hawaii car rental might be easier than you think. When you ask AutoSlash for a quote on a rental car, we automatically scour the internet for discounts and coupons.
Ask About Weekly Rates
If you’re planning to stay on one of the Hawaiian islands for a while, be sure to see if your rental car provider offers long-term discounts for a week or more. If booking with one of the major car rental chains, modify your travel dates to span seven days or more to see whether a weekly discount applies to your reservation. Snag one of these rates and you may be able to afford to spend more time on vacation than you had thought possible.
Book in Advance
As an island, Hawaii always has a limited amount of rental cars and inventory tends to be tight around major holidays. No matter what time of the year you plan to travel, booking well in advance is highly recommended to avoid issues with finding a rental car once you reach the island.
To get a better rate, travel at off-peak times of the year. If you must book during the holiday season, be sure to make your reservation well in advance and ask AutoSlash to track your reservation for price drops. You can always rebook later if you find a better rate.
Consider Pre-Paid Rates Carefully
One way to save money on rental cars is by paying in advance for your rental instead of when you get to the counter. These “Pay Now” rates are usually significantly cheaper than those available through standard reservations, and can be a good option for last-minute plans when cars are limited. However, be careful with this option because the fees to cancel or change the reservation can be exorbitant. Use this option only if you’re sure about your travel plans, and only after looking at the above-mentioned tips for finding discounts.