Cheap Car Rentals: Part 11 – Car Rental Savers

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CarRentalSavers is a good substitute for folks who don’t have a Costco membership and can’t book rental cars through Costco Travel.

And sometimes, Car Rental Savers finds the cheapest rate for a car rental!  They also find rates on more car rental agencies than Costco.

Save Money With Car Rental Savers

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Link:   Car Rental Savers

You do NOT have to pay in advance to get the lowest rates, but pay for your rental at the reservation counter when you pick up your car.  This is better than other sites like Hotwire which requires you to pay in full when you make your booking.

I compared the rates on Car Rental Savers with Costco, Hotwire, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Alamo, and the rates on Car Rental Savers were among the lowest.

I tested Car Rental Savers for about 2 months before posting about it, and they usually had lower rates than Costco Travel, but lately their rates are around the same.

Car Rental SaversCostco TravelHotwireUltimate Rewards Mall
2 Weekend Days Rental in Columbus, Ohio in August 2013$36$36$37$68
Step 1 – Search For A Rental Car

Go to and enter your rental information.

Enter Car Rental Information

Step 2 – Choose a rental car

I found lots of choices for a rental in Columbus, Ohio.  Emily and I don’t need a truck or SUV so I chose the economy car.

$36 Weekend Car Rental From Car Rental Saver

Step 3 – Select a car

I chose the cheapest option.  An economy car from Alamo for $10 per day or $36 for the weekend with taxes.

I was given the option to upgrade to a compact car for an additional $3.  Even though “it’s only $3,” a compact car means higher gas costs, so I declined.

Review Total & Continue

Review your selection and then click “Continue.

Review Your Total & Click Continue

Step 4 – Enter Your Personal Details

You can even add your frequent car renter information so that you can go straight to your car!

Enter Your Frequent Renter Information & Go Straight To Your Car

Price comparison

Over the past few months, Car Rental Savers has been significantly cheaper than Costco Travel, but for this rental it was the same price of $36.

$35 Economy Car From Costco
Hotwire wanted $11 per day or $37 for an economy car.
$37 From Hotwire

The least expensive economy car from the Ultimate Rewards Mall was $68!  But an economy car from Car Rental Savers was only $35.

Ultimate Rewards Wants $68

Week long Rentals

I was curious to see how Car Rental Savers performed for a week long rental in Hawaii…and Car Rental Savers had the second lowest price for a week long rental in Hawaii!

Car Rental SaversCostco TravelHotwireUltimate Rewards Mall
7 Day Rental in Maui in August 2013$207$271$287$168

Hawaii is one of five featured destinations on Car Rental Savers.  This means that there could be extra discounts in the drop-down menu “Car Rental Destinations” for Europe, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

Use the “Car Rental Destinations” For Car Rentals in Popular Destinations
Use The “Car Rental destination” tab  

Bcause of restrictions on how Car Rental Savers can present discounts, using the destination tab could save you more money compared to making a reservation under the general booking tab.

I searched for the same economy car from the general booking tab and it cost $273 or $67 more than when I used the destination tab!

Using the “Car Rental Discounts” tab 

The “Car Rental Discounts” tab also allows you check prices using other discounts such as AARP, AMEX, BJs, Last Minute and other discounts.

Us the “Car Rental Discounts” to Compare Discounts

After you’ve selected the discount you qualify for, follow the instructions on the discount screen to apply your additional discount.

Because these discounts are not available to everyone, the discount codes must be individually applied.

Using the “Car Rental Coupons” tab

You can also use the “Car Rental Coupons” tab to see if other discounts apply to your booking.

Use the “Car Rental Coupons” For More Car Rental Coupons

Bottom line

Car Rental Savers is easy to use, and more importantly, will save you time and money by providing the lowest car rental rates for all participating companies without limiting your choices.

You can enter your frequent renter information so that you don’t have to wait in line to pick-up your rental.

If you have time, don’t forget to use the “Car Rental Destinations” and “Car Rental Coupons” tabs to see if you can save even more money!

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