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How to Get Cheap Rental Car Deals
Rental-car prices can add up in a hurry once taxes and fees come into play. To get the best deal on your next rental car, compare prices from several companies, and then click through to the checkout stage to determine the total inclusive price. Look for coupons and discounts directly from the companies as well.
Compare Travel-Deal Website Prices
Select your rental dates and location on a site such as Kayak, Hotwire or Expedia. These sites aggregate deals from major car-rental agencies, showing the best potential options for the dates and city selected. Once you've found a reasonable deal, click it to pull up the rental-company information and full price, including taxes.
Use the best rate shown as a benchmark to compare rates at actual rental-car websites such as Alamo or Budget. For instance, a recent search on Expedia showed prices for a one-day Minneapolis car rental at $43 per day from Sixt, while the Sixt website showed $33 per day for the same time frame. The time spent researching several options can save you loads of money in the long run.
Look for Discounts From the Rental Companies
Rental-car companies often offer discounts or deals that can save a chunk off your rental bill. Click the "deals" or "offers" tab on your favorite rental-car company's site to see if any of the deals apply to your travel needs. Hertz, for instance, has deals such as renting for three days and paying for two, or saving 15 percent when renting over a weekend or for an entire week.
If you aren't sure which company to choose, visit deal site RetailMeNot to see all available discounts from rental-car companies.
Stay Away From the Airport Rental Office
Even though the airport may be the ideal place to pick up your rental car when you arrive in town by plane, it's not the best place to find a deal. Airport car-rental locations typically charge more per day per vehicle. Top that off with airport concession fees and taxes, and your rental bill can quickly get out of hand. Instead, save money by choosing a rental-car office away from the airport. The savings for a multiday rental are well worth the price you'll pay for a cab or Uber ride to a rental location just a few miles away.
Even so, it's still worthwhile to compare an airport car-rental rate with another nearby rental location. If you only need a car for a day or if the nearest offsite rental location amounts to a hefty cab fare, renting from an airport location may make sense.
Book Through Costco Travel
Costco members are in luck: The company's travel website finds discounts and deals from Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise, showing price options for different vehicle classes based on your travel criteria. Click through an option that appeals; in some cases, you'll get an even better deal by selecting a higher car class. Costo Travel also offers optional extras such as car seats and GPS units to rent for the duration of the trip. To lock in the Costco Travel deals, you'll have to input your Costco membership number. No credit-card information is required to book through Costco Travel, and there are no cancellation fees.
Rent Over a Weekend
Including weekend days in your rental can save a load of cash off the daily rate. If your schedule is flexible or if you need the rental car in your hometown, renting from Friday to Monday can net you a deal for under $10 per day, not including taxes and fees. Enterprise offers weekend deals from select locations when you book directly on the company's website. Even if you need the car for a little longer than Friday through Monday, select the weekend rate option, then input your travel dates. You may pay a higher price for the nonweekend days, but you'll get the discount for Friday to Monday.
- If bidding on Priceline, use rates on Hotwire as a guide to make your bids.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.
Does AARP offer car rental discounts?
Yes, as an AARP member, you can get 30% off base rates at Avis and Budget Rent A Car, 5% off rentals from Payless Car Rental and discounts from other car rental companies through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
Which car rental companies offer a discount for AARP members?
- Does Budget offer an AARP discount?
Yes. You can save up to 30% on base rates—plus, you can get an upgrade on your compact through full-size car class booking (based on availability), add an extra driver at no cost and more.
- Does Avis offer an AARP discount?
Yes. You can save up to 30% off base rates and get an upgrade on your compact through full-size car class booking (based on availability). And you can add an additional driver at no cost.
Yes. Members can save 5% on leisure daily, weekly, weekend and monthly base rates, plus get a free upgrade on compact through full-size car bookings and add an extra driver for free.
- Does Enterprise offer an AARP discount?
While AARP doesn’t offer a specific discount with Enterprise, members can save on car rentals through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- Does Hertz offer an AARP discount?
AARP doesn’t have a specific discount at Hertz, but members can save on car rentals from Hertz through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- Does National Car offer an AARP discount?
AARP doesn’t have a special discount with National Car, but no worries. You can still save on your next National Car rental by booking through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- Does Dollar Rent A Car offer an AARP discount?
No, AARP doesn’t have a discount with Dollar Rent A Car. The good news? Members like you can book with Dollar Rent A Car through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- Does EZ Rent A Car offer an AARP discount?
There’s isn’t an official AARP discount with EZ Rent A Car—but you can still take the road trip of a lifetime with savings on EZ rentals through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- Does Alamo offer an AARP discount?
Alamo doesn’t offer an AARP discount — but you can still get on the road at a better rate by booking Alamo through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- Does Thrifty offer an AARP discount?
No, AARP doesn’t have a special discount with Thrifty. But you can still search for Thrifty rentals that fit your needs (and your budget) through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
How do I use my AARP discount on a rental car?
If you are ready to travel, you can save on travel with AARP car rental discounts. You have a few options.
- You can book your trip online.
Car rental discounts can be found online through the AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia.
- You can get help booking by phone.
An AARP rep is available to chat at 1-800-675-4318.
- You can book directly with the car rental company.
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What’s the best website to use when you want to rent a car? The quick answer is that there’s no one best car rental booking site, but there are a bunch of great ones worth comparing prices on. And the best ones for you will depend on what exactly you’re looking for in a car rental.
As with so many other travel buys, like the best hotel booking sites and the best airfare booking sites, to find the very best car rental deals you’ll need to cast a wide net. Still, some places tend to do better than others, at least some of the time.
The Best Car Rental Booking Sites in the U.S. and Europe
Here’s a quick roundup of the candidates for best car rental booking sites, based on detailed car searches in both the U.S. and Europe. (Find more details below on the perks and downfalls of each.)
I tested base rental car rates by searching only for economy or compact cars, for a rental period of one week, and only for picking up and returning the car at the primary airports for a number of city destinations in both the U.S. and Europe. All quoted rates (except for opaque rates that hide car specifics until after you purchase their lower-priced deal) are fully cancellable, although some require an advance payment with the option of a refund given upon cancellation. Some vendors offer lower non-refundable rates. All rates include air-conditioning and all U.S. rates include automatic transmission; European rates are for manual since automatic comes at a premium there.
For the most part, the search-and-buy sequence is roughly the same for all car rental booking sites. No one rose out of the mix as especially easy or dropped as especially difficult. Therefore, my comparisons are based almost entirely on my ability to locate the best deals.
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Overall, AutoRentals.com is an excellent place to start a search. It’s a metasearch system that displays a matrix of prices for up to 25 model options available through more than two dozen different sources, including a mix of other metasearch car rental booking sites, online travel agencies, and rental company home pages. Price displays include both the posted daily rate and the all-up cost of the requested rental. The display also indicates which rental locations, if any, are off-airport—which is important. This matrix feature is especially helpful in comparing options quickly.
Pros: Coverage of major cities is worldwide. Once you select an option to check, AutoRentals links you through to the vendor’s web pages to make your booking, and it includes many rental companies and search systems you’ve probably never heard about, let alone would find on your own.
Cons: Some of the “best deals” reported are not actually the true total price; they exclude some taxes and fees. And some are not fully cancellable—they’re either nonrefundable or entail a cancellation fee. This information is not disclosed until well into the booking process, and even then you have to dig for it.
Rentalcars.com consistently yielded good prices for my searches, though it didn’t always win every test. The site covers rentals in 160 countries worldwide.
Pros: As with AutoRentals.com, Rentalcars.com is a metasearch system that makes it easy to compare offers. In some cases it offers opaque rates for lower prices if you don’t mind not knowing the exact car type.
Cons: Because some of the booking sites Rentalcars.com works with may be unfamiliar to you, the site shows user ratings for each so you can decide whether you’re comfortable booking. Unfortunately, some of them don’t have particularly high ratings (in one search, many of the results on page one were from providers rated just 5.9 out of 10).
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Car rentals on Hotwire offered some of the lowest rates by way of “opaque” rates in most of my U.S. tests. Opaque means that you don’t find out about the rental company until after you pay the nonrefundable price. Given the sameness of cars, however, you risk very little disappointment with an opaque rate.
Pros: Hotwire’s leadership in low rates is confirmed by the AutoRentals matrix, where it shows up as the best buy on a regular basis.
Cons: I did not find as many opaque rates for Europe on Hotwire.
Like Hotwire, Priceline car rentals list opaque rates as the lowest options in many U.S. cities. Although Hotwire posted lower ones more often, Priceline was a winner in some cases. So if you’re looking for the lowest, you have to try both.
Pros: The chance of it having the true lowest price. If you already use this site for hotels or airfare, it’s also easy to add on a car (as with the other big search engine booking sites).
Cons: I didn’t find any opaque rates for Europe in my Priceline searches.
Expedia consistently offered or matched the lowest or near-lowest rates as frequently as Priceline and Rentalcars.com did. Plus the option to bundle with your airfare or hotel is easy and could save you money (as with other price comparison engines), if you already use Expedia for those, as many do.
Pros: In almost all cases, rates were the same as through the rental company’s own system. And if you already use this site for hotels or airfare, it’s easy to add on a car.
Cons: Expedia doesn’t seem to offer opaque rates, which is only truly a con if you’re looking for them.
Low-Cost Car Rental Booking Sites
In general, prices directly from low-end renters such as Alamo, Payless, and Thrifty were always less expensive than the top-name rental companies, usually with a difference of $100 or more per week.
Pros: The obvious benefit is you’re paying a lot less. But…
Cons: The trade-off is that the low-end outfits and third-party agencies generally don’t include the bells and whistles that top-end company loyalty programs provide. I also sometimes found lower rates on metasearch sites such as AutoRentals.com or Rentalcars.com than I did when booking directly through the low-cost car rental booking sites.
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Sixt Rent a Car
For European cities, the Sixt booking site is proof that higher-end companies occasionally offer specials better any other source. At the time of my search, the German company was running a “special” found to be the cheapest option in some cases, but didn’t specify the rental company.
Pros: Another strong chance of finding the lowest price.
Cons: The blaring black and orange color scheme of the results page is a bit difficult to read.
If you qualify for them, AARP’s car rental partnership with the Avis Group (Avis, Budget, and Payless) promises discounts up to 30 percent, and in some cases I did find prices lower than those I’d seen anywhere else.
Pros: AARP rates could end up saving you money over all your other options.
Cons: Even with a “discount,” you might not be getting the lowest rate, so you still have to shop around.
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In Europe, Auto Europe generally matched all other sources, including self-described “discounters,” for offering the lowest rates. Think of it as the AutoRentals.com or Rentalcars.com of Europe.
Pros: I’ve used Auto Europe in the past, and found its customer support to be outstanding. It can also help with difficult rentals, such as finding a rental agency in Ireland that accepts drivers over age 70. It’s a good place to start any European rental search.
Cons: As you’d expect from its name, Auto Europe is best for bookings in Europe. This car rental booking site does offer rentals in the U.S. and elsewhere, but usually won’t get you the best price for them.
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Rentcars.com is another metasearch system that raises similar results to those search engines that were included in my original tests. Like the others, it manages to dig out some good deals.
Pros: It scans more than 100 rental car companies and confines the search display to the most useful prices.
Cons: As with many other sites, the best prices it finds are sometimes pay-in-advance, including full or partial nonrefundability, meaning you need to know ahead of time that your plans are concrete unless you want to lose prepayments.
Kayak is best known for airfare metasearch, but it offers a good product for car rentals as well. It searches numerous car rental agencies and booking sites and came up with some of the best prices in my tests. It includes opaque options advertising a “surprise agency” if you’re willing to take a risk.
Pros: The site has lots of handy filters, including “pay now” and “pay at counter” as well as an option to show only hybrid vehicles.
Cons: Kayak works with a wide variety of booking sites, which means you’ll sometimes be pointed to companies you’re not familiar with. Search for reviews before booking with vendors you haven’t used before.
CarRentals.com is owned by Expedia, but it didn’t show the exact same results as its parent company in the tests I ran, so it’s worth checking both. (Neither one came out consistently ahead of the other.)
Pros: The site has some interesting filter options, including “station feedback” on clean cars and friendly staff, and the ability to reserve without a card.
Cons: Making a booking through this site automatically signs you up for emails about “special offers,” with no way to opt out until the first email arrives.
Autoslash is a one-stop shopping site for discounts. When filling out your dates, you also check off any rewards programs or memberships you have, and let Autoslash do the searching for you. Within minutes, you will get an email with a link taking you to your best rate.
Pros: Ability to search all rewards programs and membership discounts at once. If you’ve already booked through another site, you can enter your confirmation number, and they will let you know if there is a better deal available.
Cons: You may have to pay in advance for the best deal, and you may have to book with a lesser-known car rental company.
The Car Rental Booking Site Gotchas to Avoid
No matter where you rent, you have to check out the terms and conditions of any rental before you make your final purchase. Among them:
- Great-looking deals that are nonrefundable or entail a stiff cancellation penalty.
- Cancellable deals that require upfront payment rather than payment at the end of a rental.
- Best deals that apply to tiny “economy” or “mini” cars that are not practical for anything other than running errands around town.
- Occasional deals with a mileage cap instead of the unlimited mileage you normally expect.
- Supposedly all-up prices that exclude some local taxes and fees.
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Consumer advocate Ed Perkins has been writing about travel for more than three decades. The founding editor of the Consumer Reports Travel Letter, he continues to inform travelers and fight consumer abuse every day at SmarterTravel.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2019. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Sarah Schlichter contributed to this story.
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