Many people are familiar with the fact that you can save a bundle on your car rental
by being a member of organizations such as AAA, Costco and AARP, but most people
are not familiar with the organization USAA.
What exactly is USAA? USAA is an 88-year old organization with 7.7 million members
dedicated to providing financial security to the US military community by offering
them highly competitive financial products and services. USAA also happens to have
relationships with a number of car rental companies to offer their members great
discounts and other benefits not usually available to the average renter.
While USAA primarily caters to the military community, it's actually not necessary
to be a member of the military (or family of military personnel) in order to qualify
for membership. On their Become a Member page, USAA goes in detail
about eligibility requirements. If you look at the very bottom of the page, you'll
see Other Individuals, which basically covers everyone else not associated
with the military. If you support our troops, read on!
Once you're signed up as a member (it's free), you'll be able to access USAA's page
of discount page for car rentals and other services like flowers, diamonds and jewelry
and other travel services. Some of those other discounts are quite good. I recently
used their car buying service to purchase a car below dealer invoice cost.
USAA members can get discounts on vehicles from Hertz, Avis and Budget. These discount
rates are some of the best around. In a
previous blog article we talked about the benefits of using your Costco
membership for car rental discounts. While researching this article, I did a number
of sample rentals with Avis, and found that the USAA discount code beat out the
Costco code (a great performer) in a number of instances. Hertz and Budget also
offer USAA members some of the deepest discounts and best deals around.
Cheap car rental rates are not the only benefit of USAA membership. How about:
- No additional driver fees for spouses and other USAA members (can be up to $45 per
- No young driver surcharge (typically $25 per day)
- Unlimited mileage (on most car classes)
- Enhanced liability insurance coverage
The deep discounts alone make USAA membership a no-brainer when renting with Hertz,
Avis or Budget, but the benefits above can really drive home the value. AutoSlash
advises everyone to check out this organization for great car rental rates and other
Once you're a member, you can apply your USAA discount codes to your AutoSlash rentals.
We'll then track the rate, and let you take advantage of any price drops that occur
right until your pickup date. At AutoSlash, the price you initially book at is the
highest price you'll pay for your rental.