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Cheap Car Rentals – Let AutoSlash Do The Work

Cheap Car Rentals – Let AutoSlash Do The Work

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Autoslash used to be one of the best ways to save money on a car rental.

Cheap Car Rentals Series:

The way it worked is that you would first make a refundable rental car reservation at Hertz, or Avis etc.  You would then have Autoslash track the price of the rental (in case it decreased) by entering the confirmation number in Autoslash.

Let Autoslash Do The Work

Autoslash would then track the rental and send you an email every time the price decreased and give you the option to rebook.  You could also book directly through Autoslash and have Autoslash automatically rebook you at a lower price if the rates went down.

But the rental companies didn’t like how Autoslash was saving money for consumers and no longer let Autoslash work for their car rentals.  So you won’t see most car rental companies when you search for car rentals on Autoslash.

More importantly, in my experience and in the posts on this FlyerTalk thread, Autoslash no longer tracks car rentals made elsewhere.

Bottom Line

It isn’t clear if Autoslash is reliably tracking cheaper car rentals any more, but it doesn’t hurt to enter in your confirmation made elsewhere and hope that Autoslash can find you a lower rate.

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I have a long rental coming up during high season and Autoslash saved me $279 overnight!! Thank you so much!!

I discovered recently that they use Travelocity to book and their cheaper offerings may not really be comparable. The one they found didn’t cover a spouse.

For Cruises: Cruiseshark.net (used to?) track cabins and prices, but they seem to have closed. “Cruise fish (dot) net” seems to be a replacement? Haven’t used ‘fish’ — used the ‘shark’ but never got a better price (but then, we were already in a Grand Suite… {wink} ).

Hanging out on cruisecritic (it’s a com) — esp. the ‘rollcall’ for the cruise you want — is a great way to track cabins, if not always prices… We often posted a planned cabin change — so rollcall buddies could catch it when we dropped it. And folks on the rollcall would announce new coupons or discounts or price drops when they learned of one. But, obviously, you already had to know which cruise you were planning on.

Each rollcall thread is single-cruise specific: you ‘meet’ the folks who will be on your cruise. We always arranged a sail-away party (and I made nametags) (and often a *pre*-cruise dinner ashore for the folks arriving a day ahead); someone else arranged a golf tournie; and usually someone(s) would arrange cheaper bus tours or other excursions for our group, and so on. (We were, for instance, the “Oasis Camels” on… what else? … the Oasis; the “Icy Jewels” on the two-stops-in-Iceland Transatlantic; and the “Diamond Heads” on the LA to Hawai’i and back.)

I am planning a week in LA, including a two-day hop up to Sonoma County. Is it better to rent a car for the whole week in LA and leave it sitting in the LAX parking lot for two days? (I have rented a car through Budget/Costco — thanks for the tip! — up in Sonoma for the two days around the wedding) . Or is it better to rent Tues through Thurs in LA, turn the car in for those two days, and then rent anew when I return on Sat night through Tuesday’s flight home?

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@Elenor – It depends on how it prices out. If 2 separate rentals are cheaper and you don’t mind spending the extra time (though you will save on 2 days parking fees), you could do separate rentals. Thanks for the tips on cruising. I’ve never been on a cruise (yet), but I’ll check out cruisecritic when we do!

Daraius,

I used car rental company “Fox Rent A Car” in Orlando. I paid around $7.50 /Day.

They have a good selection of cars with a big lot.

http://www.foxrentacar.com/

Website has hot deals for few locations.

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