Several months ago I wrote 10 Great Ways to Save Money on Rental Cars.
The simplest and most powerful advice is to use the free service AutoSlash.com, which I’ve been covering for the past five years. For instance,
- I Just Saved Over $173 – 58% – On an Upcoming Car Rental. Here’s How You Can, Too..
- Always Enter Your Car Rental Confirmation Numbers into Autoslash for Savings – It’s Free!
The major rental car companies don’t like that AutoSlash will keep checking for lower rates on your car rental and help you rebook. So they don’t let AutoSlash display prices on their website directly.
What I’ve been doing for quite some time is making a cancellable reservation, on a car rental company’s own website or at Orbitz, and then entering the confirmation details on the AutoSlash website so that they’d track my rental and find me lower prices.
It turns out that you can skip that step. Yesterday they tweeted,
I never knew about the quote feature.
AutoSlash will actually make your initial booking for you.
I’ll likely still make my own initial reservation, that way I specify the tradeoffs in terms of vehicle size and preferred agency and then turn them loose to do the rest of the work. But this is good to know, and many will want to go to just one place for their reservations.