What are you doing Memorial Day weekend? The three-day weekend marks the unofficial kickoff to summer, so make sure you squeeze out as much fun as possible.
Memorial Day weekend is also one of the top travel days of the year. Last year, the AAA estimated that more than 41.5 million Americans traveled over Memorial Day weekend. That means if you're thinking of renting a car, you should reserve early, as some locations might run out of cars.
Unsurprisingly, some of the most popular U.S. destinations for the the long holiday weekend are the nation's top beach and mountain destinations, as well as cities with plenty to explore.
How to Get a Cheap Rental Car for Memorial Day Weekend
Book early. The best time to book your rental car is soon as you know are going away for the long weekend. Unlike airline tickets, rental car reservations can usually be canceled without a penalty. A smart strategy is to ask AutoSlash for a quote weeks beforehand, and then watch to see if prices go down.
Track your reservation. It's a time-sucking chore to constantly check for lower rates but, AutoSlash will do this for you at no extra cost. After you book your car, ask AutoSlash to track your reservation. We'll let you know if there's a price drop so you can rebook at the lower rate.
Make the most of a weekend rate. Car rental companies can offer very attractive weekend promo rates—but there are often some strings attached. Knowing a little about rental car logic will help you get the most bang for your buck out of a weekend rental.
Check both on and off airport. Flying into an airport rental might be convenient, but it might also be pricey. A short Uber ride to a nearby neighborhood rental location could cut your rate in half. But off-airport rates aren't always cheaper, so it pays to check both.