drive more, pay less
There’s no reason to pay full price for car rental — ever. Not only do discounts abound, you can save as much as 35 percent just by working in a certain profession or being a member of the right club. There is plenty of fine print, of course. These discounts apply only to the base rate (the daily or weekly rate for use of the vehicle), not to the whole bill, which also includes taxes, fees, and any extras. Many companies promise discounts “up to” a certain amount for a preferred group, or don’t specify a percentage or dollar amount at all.
Cheapism.com has confirmed the discounts at the companies listed here, but it’s always worth checking for similar promotions if you’ve found a cheap rental car elsewhere. And be sure to compare the different types of discounts available to you. You might score bigger savings by flashing one membership card instead of another, or taking advantage of perks such as no fee for an extra driver (as much as $13.50 a day), 24/7 roadside assistance (typically $7 to $10 daily), GPS or in-vehicle Wi-Fi (as much as $17 or more per day), or use of a car seat (around $13 or $14 a day). Those savings can really add up, especially on multi-day rentals. And sometimes, discounts available to the general public are more generous than anything offered to a particular group (as a general rule, offers cannot be combined).
Discounts are subject to change. Restrictions (such as blackout dates) may apply.