Last Updated on January 31, 2021 by Elizabeth
Wondering where and when to find the best auto rental discounts? The best strategy is to book an auto rental and then track it for price drops right up until you pick up the car.
Most renters save 30% simply by tracking their reservation.
How to Get the Best Auto Rental Discounts
There are generally two kinds of auto rental discounts. The first is offered by the rental car companies for meeting a specific criteria. For example, you might get a discount for booking for a certain length of time—perhaps a week or a weekend. You might get a discount if you are in a certain age group—like if you are a senior. There can also be auto rental discounts for certain locations. These discounts are typically available through coupon codes; if you apply the code to your rental reservation, you’ll get the discount.
The second type of discount is one that comes as a benefit, typically because of membership in a club or organization that has partnered with a rental car company. For instance, members of AAA, AARP and USAA can often land a nice discount simply by using the organization’s discount code when booking an auto with a given rental car company. If you belong to discount shopping clubs like Costco or BJs, you can also get discounts at certain rental car firms.
To get the very best possible rate, empty your arsenal to find the biggest discounts for your specific rental needs. This homework can be time consuming if you do it on your own. But if you ask AutoSlash for a quote, we’ll factor in the best discounts and coupons from auto rental companies plus all of your eligible memberships when we search the Internet. Sometimes your membership will deliver the best rate, another time we may find a better deal with a coupon code, and sometimes we’ll be able to find a low rate through a combination of the two types of discounts.
But booking your car rental at a low rate is just step one.
How to Track Your Reservation for Price Drops
Like airfares and hotel rates, auto rental rates are always going up and down based on supply and demand. So it’s very possible to book a rental car on a Wednesday and find out that there was an even better rate available by the time you picked up the car on Saturday.
It can be a major headache to watch for price drops from the time you make the reservation until the time you pick up your car. Happily, it takes only a few moments to ask AutoSlash to track your reservation. We’ll stay glued to fluctuations of rates and discounts and, if we find you a better deal before you pick up your rental car, we’ll shoot you an email so that you can rebook at the lower price. This service is 100% free.
Tracking your reservation is a no-brainer, since AutoSlash customers save an average of 30 percent on rates simply by asking us to track for price drops.
Getting the best rate on an auto rental is a two-step process: Book a reservation using the best discounts available on the Internet and then track your reservation for price drops.