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Keep checking those rental car rates!

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by atom, Nov 26, 2012.

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  1. atom

    atom High-Roller

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    I just checked rental rates again for late January. 6 day rental, best rate I had found two weeks ago was $224 from Avis for an intermediate via Costco Travel. Just rebooked, Avis through Costco again, switched to a compact for $138! (intermediate would have been 154)
     
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    clippercfx Tourist

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    I have a Vegas trip booked for January 24-27. I check the rental car rates EVERY DAY. You never know when there will be a sudden, on-day drop in the rates! I used a coupon from the Entertainment Book in combination with the lowest rate that I have found so far: right now I have a midsize reserved through Alamo for ... are you ready? ... a base rate of $10.13 per day! After all taxes and fees the estimated final total is $60.02 for three days (which will be split two ways between me and my friend). Not a bad deal!

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  3. VegasGroove

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    Always do! Everyday! Car rental rates are much like airfares - they fluctuate. I now have a $17.32 a day car rental down from 32.34 three weeks ago. And I will keep checking until the day I leave!
     
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    Very good deal! The best I've ever gotten was Alamo... 3 days just under $50 including taxes and everything. The kicker? I got that rate by rebooking on the night before my trip. I thought it was my lucky trip until I got to Vegas and the VP machines started eating up my savings. :)
     
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    And counting - my rate is now down to $13.66 a day. I just love Dollar!
     
  6. AndyAkeko

    AndyAkeko Time magazine's 2006 Person of the Year

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    This is probably the easiest money-saving tip for travelling. As long as you book directly with the car rental agency, you can keep reserving and cancelling and rebooking cars until you arrive -- for free. You don't need to provide credit card information until you're at the desk picking up your keys.

    I usually use carrentals.com to see the prices (they have all the McCarran rental agencies except E-Z) to compare base prices then go directly to the rental agency's own site to book the reservation.

    You can also find coupon codes online on sites like retailmenot.com. Just copy-and-paste the code and you've saved more money.

    I've learned to book with two companies, in case there is a long line-up at my first choice.
     
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    Andy, I agree. The reservation process is great.

    And here's another tip for you: no need to stand in lines when you've joined the rental company club. I am a member of Dollar Express. I get off the shuttle, go directly down to the car lot, see my name on the electronic board and it tells me which carslip my car is in. The paperwork is already inside, the key is in the ignition and I just pull out. No having to deal with long lines, no having to deal with the desk people and their upsell.

    I'm pretty sure all the car clubs work this way or very similar.
     
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