Paying more than we need to when we travel can range from embarrassing to downright unnecessary. The holiday season is here and that means lots of travel coming up.The three biggies in travel expenses are airfare, hotels, and car rentals. For two of those I’ve got surefire ways of making sure I don’t overpay. Today’s story is about how what many people do to monitor their car rental rates simply isn’t necessary to get the lowest rate.
Ric Garrido at Loyaltytraveler.com was checking rates on his upcoming rental car again and again to save money. Now I’m all for saving money, but something about his advice didn’t make sense to me.
I never check rates after my initial rental car booking. I give my reservations to Autoslash and let them do the heavy lifting for me. I’ve written about Autoslash many times and still use them.
Ric uses Costco when he rents cars. He checked his current rental reservation 4 times. His point is to re-check rates for price drops. One of the comments on his post reminded him to use Autoslash and so he did. And his price did indeed drop.
I want to remind you all of the same thing. In fact I reached out to Autoslash because Ric is a savvy guy and I wondered if maybe the reason he didn’t use Autoslash was that it doesn’t include Costco in its price searching. But turns out they do. Here’s what the guys at Autoslash told me:
“The prices we at Autoslash find should either meet or beat the price found on Costco Travel. During the quote request process, we ask if you have a Costco membership so we check if those discount and coupon codes help save money on your request. That means, Ric could start with a quote from our site and get the same rates he would find on Costco or even better. He could also book the lowest rate he finds on Costco Travel and submit that reservation for price tracking so we can let him know if a lower price comes along.”
Save yourself time, save yourself money, and just use Autoslash. The other money saving/time saving site I use is when I book hotels. Pruvo works wonders!