Looking for a cheap car rental? Your Costco card—the one you use to buy 36-pack rolls of toilet paper and boxes of breakfast cereal large enough to feed your high school graduating class—is also a passport to car rental discounts.
At AutoSlash, we spend a lot of time analyzing car rental pricing. We compare rates, factor in memberships, and crunch the numbers on discounts and deals. Our conclusion: If you're not a Costco member, you're missing out on a wealth of great car rental discount codes that very often beat every other rate out there.
We price checked a rental car with a pickup in New York City at a major car rental company on a summer weekend from Friday to Monday. The price for an economy vehicle? A whopping $413.97. Then we took that same weekend rental and applied the Costco discount code. Poof!—the rate magically dropped to $313.29. That's a savings of more than $100 just for putting in a little discount code.
Even if you never shop at Costco, you should strongly consider joining the club, since the $50 annual membership fee could pay for itself after just one car rental. Costco has partnerships with Avis, Alamo, Budget and Enterprise—so there are often multiple deals to compare.
Of course, it always makes sense to comparison shop before you book. When you ask AutoSlash for a quote, we will always search for the best rates and factor in memberships you have at organizations like AAA and shopping clubs like Costco. That's how you can be confident that you're getting the best price possible.
Note: If you reserve a rental car with a Costco discount code, you will need to show your membership card when you pick up the car. If you can't provide proof of membership, you can be denied the discount.