Though we're all hunkered down amid the COVID-19 crisis, health officials and economists alike are looking ahead to summer as a likely time when life may start to return to normal. With that in mind, it's a great time to book a car rental for later in the year and track it for price drops right up until you pick up the car.
If you need a rental car sooner for essential travel, here's what you need to know.
How to Get Money-Saving Rental Car Discounts
There are generally two kinds of rental car discounts. The first is offered by the rental car companies for meeting a specific criteria. You might get a discount for booking for a certain amount of time—like for a week or over a weekend. You might get a discount if you are in a certain age group—like if you are a senior. There can also be discounts for certain locations. These discounts are typically available through coupon codes; if you apply the code to your rental reservation, you'll get the discount.
The second type of discount is one that comes as a benefit, typically because of membership in a club or organization that has partnered with a rental car company. For example, members of AAA, AARP and USAA can often land a nice discount simply by using the organization's discount code when booking a car with a given rental car company. If you belong to discount clubs like Costco or BJs, you can also get discounts at certain rental car firms.
When you want to get the very best possible rate, the trick is to use everything in your arsenal to find the biggest discounts for your specific rental needs. This research can be time consuming if you do it on your own. But if you ask AutoSlash for a quote, we'll factor in the best discounts and coupons from rental car companies plus all of your eligible memberships when we search the Internet. Sometimes your membership will deliver the best rate, another time we may find a better deal with a coupon code, and sometimes we'll be able to find a low rate through a combination of the two types of discounts.
But booking your car rental at a low rate is just step one.
How to Track Your Car Rental Reservation for Price Drops
Like airfares and hotel rates, car rental rates are always changing. They go up and down depending on supply and demand. So it's very possible to book a rental car on, say, Monday and find out that there was an even better rate available by the time you picked up the car on Friday.
If you're a reasonably busy person, it can be a major pain in the butt to watch for price drops. You would need to stay glued to your computer from the time you make the reservation until the time you pick up your car. Happily, it takes only a few moments to ask AutoSlash to track your reservation. We'll stay glued to the ups and downs of rates and discounts and, if we find you a better deal before you pick up your rental car, we'll shoot you an email so that you can rebook at the lower price. This service is 100-percent free.
Tracking your reservation is a no-brainer, since AutoSlash customers save an average of 30 percent on rates simply by asking us to track for price drops.
Getting the best rate on a rental car is a two-step process: Book a reservation using the best discounts available on the Internet and then track your reservation for price drops.
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