Here’s Something Different: Renting a Car on the Cheap.
I actually haven’t rented too many cars in my day, but I’m needing to rent a sweet set of wheels on my upcoming trip to San Fran/Napa. I’m thinking an Escalade. That’s practical, right?
Since I really haven’t rented many cars before, I wanted to make sure I was living the miles high life and getting full value for my rental. I want a redic low rate, or to earn some miles in bunches, OR both. I want it all. You can also rent cars with miles, but I’m choosing not to this time. I need to save those for flights and hotels.
Also, I wanted to see if I could get some kind of free Elite Status with a program in efforts to get an upgrade or any other car renting perks. I love the perks.
Here are the two options that I found:
Avis and the AWD code
A friend of mine has booked an Avis car numerous times using an Avis World Discount (AWD). All you do is plug in a code and check the quote. Super easy. But where do you get these codes? Simple. Just google Avis AWD, and you will find plenty of sites pimping these codes. Also, there is a thread in flyertalk dedicated to Avis discount codes. Now you may have to try a few to find the price you want, but the savings are there.
When we went to Europe, we rented a car for 12 days for $350. That’s pretty good in my book. I have plugged in some of the codes for my upcoming trip and have been able to find a car for 5 days for only $128 (excluding taxes)! That’s less than $30 a day. Respect.
There are also upgrade codes and coupon codes where you can save even more. I love sweet upgrades! Here are some of the codes that I have been playing around with for my upcoming trip.
UUGA029 – Coupon
MUWA130- Coupon $35 off at the counter
As you can see, there are a lot of options when trying to find a code that saves you money. They are all just a google search away or you can just come to Noobtraveler.com
Hertz and the free Gold Status
Currently, there is a Hertz and American Airlines promo going on.
Hertz will give you 4 American Airlines miles per $1 spent at Hertz until Sept. 30. Plus, you will get 35% off your bill! This is a deal worth looking into.
Also, you can get free Hertz Gold Status. You have until June 30th to take advantage of the $60 waived enrollment fee. Some of the Hertz Gold Status Benefits are:
- Faster service by not having to wait at the counter doing paperwork
- Spouse will not longer have to pay an additional fee to drive the car
- Faster car return- just sign the slip and go
- Mobile update and alerts
These are a couple car rental programs and a couple ways to find a good value when you are renting a car domestically or overseas. I saved over $10o by adding an Avis code on my upcoming trip. It’s almost too easy people. I’m thinking convertible.
I hope this helps, and best of luck planning any upcoming trips you may have.
— Noob Master