Wouldn't it be great if there was something in your wallet that gave you instant access to low, low rates at rental car companies? One or more of your everyday memberships can deliver significant savings on your next rental car.
Getting a stellar deal on a car rental can sometimes seem like a daunting task. Major rental companies issue tons of discount codes through various channels and partners, but how is an ordinary consumer supposed to figure out which ones can really save the most?
It turns out that a small handful of organizations top the list when it comes to getting the deepest discount.
AAA Membership Savings on Rental Cars
It won't surprise most people that AAA membership can save you money on a rental car. What might surprise you is that Hertz and its sister companies, Dollar and Thrifty, are the only car rental companies that currently partner with AAA.
Many people believe that Hertz's rates are almost always higher than those of other rental companies, and very ofte that's true. However, after applying the AAA member discount code, Hertz's rates can often meet or beat rates from most companies.
For example, if you apply the AAA discount code to a one-week December rental of an economy car in Orlando, the $237.16 rate beats out Avis, National, Enterprise, Budget, Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty by at least $35. Hertz's AAA rate even beats Advantage, its own discount brand. by a decent margin, and it's a whopping $107.06 less than Hertz's standard published rate.
AARP Membership Savings on Rental Cars
While most rental companies don't specifically offer a senior discount, they often offer a discount for AARP members. Rental car discounts for AARP members are available from the brands owned by the AvisBudget Group, which include Avis, Budget, Payless, and ZipCar.
Costco Membership Savings on Rental Cars
Are you one of the millions of Americans who shop at the warehouse club Costco? If so, industrial size packs of toilet tissue are not the only things you can save on.
Costco offers member discounts with four car rental companies—Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise—that can provide significant savings on your rental.
BJ's Membership Savings on Rental Cars
Another shopping club, BJ's, partners with seven rental car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. In some cases, these codes can be deep fixed-rate discounts of up to 35 percent, so that when the going rate for a midsize car is over $100 a day on a peak weekend, you can plug in a BJ's discount code and drive away for literally a third of the price.
USAA Membership Savings on Rental Cars
Military families know about USAA, an organization with 8 million members dedicated to providing financial security to military personnel and their families. USAA offers its members great rental car discounts not available to the general public.
Once enrolled, you are eligible to use USAA's discount codes for up to 25 percent savings with Enterprise, Hertz, Avis and Budget.
Quick Tips: Membership Savings on Rental Cars
It goes without saying that you need to be a member of any organization for which you apply a discount code. You should be sure to bring your membership card to the rental car location when you pick up your car. While rental companies don't always check, you could be in for a whopper of a bill if your discount is denied and you are charged the walk-up rate.
Want to always get the best rate? Always include all your memberships when you ask AutoSlash for a quote. We will automatically apply all the coupon codes and check to see if we can find a better deal. Then ask AutoSlash to track your reservation for price drops. If we find a better rate, you can cancel your reservation and rebook for less.