Never Pay Full Price for a Rental Car Again! – 5 Ways to Save on your Rental Car

I’m aware this is not the most exciting topic when it comes to Family Travel on a Budget.  BUT, as the holiday season approaches, many of us are making travel plans, and renting a car is often an essential part of those plans. Plus I am ALLL about finding these little ways to save and maximize your spending to get you traveling more for LESS! So let’s dive in to the best hacks to save on your rental car!

Here’s 5 Ways to Save on your Rental Car:

1. Autoslash

This website combines all the discounts and savings from your loyalty and membership programs all in one place to get you the absolute lowest rate. My favorite feature is the price tracking so you can be notified if the cost of your rental car goes down. 

2. Turo

It’s the Airbnb of rental cars. Turo is a peer-to-peer car sharing platform that allows individuals to rent out their personal vehicles to others. Don’t worry, Turo provides insurance coverage options for both renters and the car owners. I have found some rock-bottom rates for rental cars through this website!

3. Rent through your Favorite Airline 

When you reserve your car rental through your airline’s website (I usually use Southwest.com), not only is there a built in discount, but you will also get FREE airline miles back in your pocket for future flights

4. Go through your Credit Card Portal

With my Capital One Venture X Card, I get ten times the points back in my pocket for car rentals through the portal. Plus a $300 annual credit to reduce the cost of my rental.  Rates through the portal are often comparable to those on Expedia or Rentalcars.com, so if I’m looking to earn more points, this is where I go. 

5. Book your Rental Car with the RIGHT Credit Card

This one is So Important! You need to purchase the rental car using a credit card that has PRIMARY auto rental CDW (collision damage waiver.)  This credit card already has “primary” car rental insurance built in, which means, if you do happen to have a wreck, you DON’T have to file with your normal car insurance first, you can file directly with your credit card and avoid insurance rate hikes long term. Decline the rental company’s collision insurance and charge the entire rental cost to your card. It will provide reimbursement up to the actual cash value of the vehicle for theft and collision damage for most rental cars in the U.S. and abroad. I rarely book a rental car without using this card!

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Hopefully these are some new and helpful tips you can use to save money on your next rental.  Remember to always read the terms and conditions of your rental agreement carefully to avoid any surprises or hidden fees. 

I hope you have a great weekend! Happy and safe travels!

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