Having a membership to BJ's Wholesale Club can help you save big bucks when stocking the fridge or pantry. But did you know it's also your ticket to a cheap car rental? Here's how you can score huge discounts on your next reservation.
A basic BJ's membership starts at $55 per year. You can often recoup this fee after a single car rental. And if you rent a car a few times a year, you're guaranteed to save money over the long haul.
How BJ's Can Snag You a Cheap Car Rental
BJ's has a reputation for offering some of the lowest deals in town on everyday items like food, cleaning supplies and electronics at its warehouses. However, it also has a travel division that provides members with incredible deals on cruises, hotels, vacation packages—and yes—car rentals. BJ's provides a variety of discounts at eight rental car brands: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Payless.
Two standout partners for BJ's discounts are Avis and Budget, which provide discounts of 30% for BJ's members and up to 35% at certain locations. Members can also redeem free upgrades, and Avis is offering a coupon to take an additional $25 off of rental fees.
BJ's also offers discounts at Dollar and Payless, which already have low prices to begin with. The discounts there aren't as deep as some of the other brands. Payless only offers 5% off for BJ's members, but it can still add up when considering the total rental cost.
But Sometimes BJ's Can Be Beaten
While a BJ's membership can help you save money on car rentals, there just might be a better deal out there. Each rental car company has its own list of discount partners, whether it be other membership chains like Costco and Sam's Club or organizations like AAA. These offers are constantly changing, so the best deal one week may be trumped by another the next.
If comparing all of these prices seems overwhelming, don't sweat it. AutoSlash can do the work for you to find the best deal on a rental car based on your membership discounts, special prepaid rates and any special discounts the brands are offering. Just ask AutoSlash for a quote on your next rental car reservation, which will take into consideration all possible discounts.
What Else to Know About BJ's Car Rental Deals
Here are some other things to keep in mind when renting a car with a BJ's discount:
You will be asked to show your BJ's membership card at the rental car counter to prove eligibility for discounts and upgrades. Otherwise, you may be denied the discount.
Read the fine print carefully to know which types of cars they apply to and whether there are any limitations. Some deals may exclude high-end vehicles or apply to a specific car class. Be sure to clarify which discounts will be applied before finalizing the rental car reservation.
Discounts are taken off the base rate of the rental, which means you'll still be required to pay for all taxes and fees. Also, some rental partners (like Payless) may not honor the discount on one-way rentals.
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