Did you know Costco members can save money booking car rentals, vacation packages, and cruises?
The Costco Travel program can be a great option for folks who book paid travel instead of redeeming miles & points. Because you might save lots of money compared to booking through an online travel agency like Orbitz, Expedia, or Priceline.
For example, team members Jasmin and Harlan each booked week-long car rentals through Costco Travel and saved $100 off the prices shown on other sites. And you can potentially save much more or get extra perks with other travel packages!
Planning a Cruise? Costco Members Might Save Money or Get Extra Perks Booking Through Costco Travel
I’ll share details about the Costco Travel program. And explain why some folks might benefit from booking a trip with the warehouse club!
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When you book your next car rental, check if you can save money!
AutoSlash is a fantastic website that tracks your car rental reservations for price drops. The site can re-book the reservation automatically or notify you if your rental gets cheaper. Plus it’s free to use!
AutoSlash can potentially save you hundreds of dollars! Several Million Mile Secrets readers use the site with great results.
AutoSlash Can Potentially Save You Lots of Money on Car Rentals Because the Site Automatically Monitors Prices for Cheaper Options
I’ll show how you can get a discount car rental using AutoSlash.
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Update: The card offer in this post is no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
I wrote that the increased 75,000 Hilton point sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton Visa expired yesterday.
There’s good news! You can still get the increased bonus, along with a $25 statement credit for a $200+ car rental!
Citi says this deal will expire October 31, 2015.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission from this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!
You Could Use 75,000 Hilton Points for a Stay at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Arizona
I’ll explain the new offer!
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Did you know you can redeem the cash back you earn from the Discover It card for discounted travel gift cards?
You can save 10% to 50% on gift cards to certain hotels, all-inclusive resorts, car rental agencies, cruise lines, and tour companies.
Sounds like a good deal, right?
Not necessarily! You won’t always save money!
You Might Get a Good Deal Using Discover Cash Back for Discounted Travel Gift Cards – but NOT Always!
I’ll explain what to look out for and why it’s often not a good deal!
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I wrote that a new American Express rewards program, called Plenti, was coming soon.
Now you can sign-up for free and start earning points at certain stores. What I like about this program is it’s easy to double and triple-dip to save money!
You Can Use Your Plenti Points to Save Money on Gas
I’ll show you how it works!
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Via the Washington Post, some rental car agencies have been charging very high fees for using their transponders, up to $15 per toll!
Enterprise and Dollar Rent a Car Are Being Sued for Charging Customers an Extra ~$15 per Toll
I’ll tell you how to avoid these fees and save money while renting a car.
Rental car companies charge more for drivers who are under the age of 25 than those over the age of 25. And drivers under 21 years find it very hard to rent cars by themselves. Blame it on the statistics!
Statistics show that drivers under the age of 25 have more accidents. So car rental companies charge more for drivers 25 years or younger. You also have to be at least 21 years to rent a car from most companies, except in Michigan and New York where state law bans this practice.
She’s Happy Because She Didn’t Pay Extra Fees For Renting a Car!
But young drivers pay for the privilege of renting a car by paying surcharges ranging from $14 to $73 a day! Continue reading
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Enrolling in car rental frequent renter programs (such as Avis Preferred or Budget FastBreak) is quick, free, and easy.
The biggest benefit of these free programs is skipping the long line at the rental counter at the airport and going straight to your car.
You can also earn free rental credits and/or miles. Award Wallet is a great tool which will store your rental car program information!
Skip The Lines For Free At Airports When You Enroll In Frequent Car Rental Programs
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1. Earn 10,000 Club Carlson Per Two-Night Reservation
Loyalty Lobby reports that Club Carlson has a 10,000 points bonus for each stay of 2 or more consecutive nights, from May 13, 2013 to July 21, 2013. Registration is required before the stay, and can be done here.
Club Carlson Two Nights 10,000 Points Promotion
Per the Terms and Conditions, the rate booked must be eligible for earning points, so reservations made through third-party sites like Priceline or Orbitz may not be eligible.
Club Carlson is the hotel loyalty program for Country Inns and Suites, Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, and Park Plaza, so points you earn can be redeemed at any of these hotels.
2. Rental Car Promotions
Deals We Like highlights a boatload carload of current rental promotions for Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz. Continue reading
Having Big Travel with Small Money and getting almost free flights and hotel stays is great, but sometimes you’d like an almost free car rental. Or learn where to find the lowest priced car rental.
So I’ll share my tips & tricks on saving money with car rentals over the next few weeks!
Hotwire & Costco Travel
There are lots of sites to check for rental cars, but I find that Hotwire and Costco Travel are useful to see the most which a savvy rental car shopper should pay. So I start off by checking those two sites for car rental rates and then see if I can find cheaper rates elsewhere. However, Hotwire bookings can’t be cancelled or refunded, so I almost never make a booking via Hotwire since I can usually get a refundable rate elsewhere.
Thanks to Rapid Travel Chai for steering me to Costco Travel!
The table below compares the price of three separate rental car reservations made on the same day.
- ~6 days in Tampa, Florida
- ~1 day during the week in New York (LaGuardia)
- ~7 days in Mauii, Hawaii
| ||~6 Days Rental in Tampa||~1 Day Rental in New York (La Guardia)||~7 Days Rental in Maui||Cancellation Policy
|Hotwire||$286||$131||-$362 Economy Sedan|
|VERY Restrictive. No refunds, cancellations or modifications after booking.
|Costco Travel||$330||$117||- $401 Sedan|
- $386 SUV
|Can cancel, change, or no-show with no penalty