Frequent Renter Programs

How to Get the Most from the Alamo Rent a Car App

Alamo Rent a Car app

Renting a car from Alamo? Download the rental car company's new app before you go for access to your reservation info, loyalty program points, customer service and more. Launched in September 2018, the app already has an impressive user rating in the app store.

The Alamo app was created by the same developers who made the Enterprise Rent-a-Car app and National Car Rental app for Alamo's sister companies. Unsurprisingly, there are similarities.

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National's One Two Free Promo for Free Rental Days

National One Two Free

Car rental loyalty programs aren't known for their incredible generosity, but once in a blue moon a promotion stands out. National’s annual One Two Free Promotion is that happy exception.

Every year, National offers an opportunity to earn a free day certificate for every two rentals you complete within the promo period—this year, it's a six-month period from August 23, 2018 to February 28, 2019.

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Priceline Replaces "Name Your Own Price" for Rental Cars with Express Deals

Priceline car rentals

In March 2018, Priceline ended its iconic "Name Your Own Price" option for rental cars, where a customer could propose a price and the vendor decided whether to accept the bid or not. That process was replaced with Express Deals. The big difference? Now, rather than bidding on rental cars and finding out later if you have a reservation, you know your price before booking and immediately get your booking confirmed.

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The Lowdown on Avis Preferred

Avis Preferred

When Avis originally launched its motto "We try harder" in 1962, what it really meant was that it tried harder than Hertz, its rival and market leader. Today Avis has ditched the tagline and dropped a peg to the third largest rental car company in the industry. Avis offers a full suite of services primarily aimed at the frequent business traveler.

Avis's loyalty program, Avis Preferred, has two parts: an express rental program that lets you bypass the rental counter and a rewards program to earn free days. It's free to sign up for Avis Preferred, so there's no reason not to. Having said that, the program is not generous enough on its own to compel you to rent from Avis unless you're getting a great rate. And if you're a value-conscious leisure traveler, you might find that Avis's prices tend to stray on the higher side.

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The Lowdown on Budget Fastbreak

Budget Fastbreak

Budget's frequent renter program targets the price-conscious occasional renter rather than the frequent business traveler. Budget Fastbreak offers some—but not all—of the benefits associated with sister company Avis's Preferred service, and usually at a lower daily rate. Like the Alamo Insiders program, Budget Fastbreak is mainly an express rental service rather than a rewards program.

Signing up for Fastbreak is free and only takes a minute or two, so there's absolutely no reason not to do it.

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