If you want to make your money take you further in travel, you need to save every chance you get. Saving $150-$300 on a flight can save your entire food budget. Spending $50-$100 a night by staying in a 3* instead of a 5@* can pay for all of your activities. Even a small savings of $20 on rental car can go a long way if you know how to use it. This is why I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to save money. Recently, I found out about a way to save significant money on rental cars, Autoslash.
NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with Autoslash, and I am not being paid to endorse Autoslash. Heck, I don’t even get paid to do this blog, I just love to travel and love to save money.
What is Autoslash
Autoslash’s goal is to find great deals on rental cars without having to make you work for it; it is a website for travelers by travelers. They does not work like your typical online travel search agency. Generally you can just put your dates into a website like Kayak or Expedia and it will pop out a list of the best prices that they can find. Autoslash works for you. When searching on Autoslash you put in your dates, just like normal, but you include your email, so they can go to work for you. Autoslash system works on the back end to take the pricing and apply the best available, unadvertised, coupons and specials to the rental. This process is not instant, but within 15 minutes you will have the best deals sent to your email. On Average it saves 30%, and the best part is it is free.
Can Autoslash Save on Rental Cars?
I have three trips coming where I am going to need rental cars. So I decided to put Autoslash to the test.
Trip 1: 2+ Days in Maui
When the world went crazy about Southwest’s new flights to Hawaii, stephanie were able to book a cheap weekend getaway on American Airlines’ countersale. Given that we like the freedom to explore and have no interest staying on a resort, we will need a car. On this trip is 2 1/2 days so a three day rental.
Priceline and Hotwire
My go to rental car websites are Priceline and Hotwire. I find that they offer the best prices of all the online travel agencies.
As you can see both Hotwire and Priceline came in at similar rates, $117 for priceline and $113 for hotwire. It is important to note that with Priceline you are booking through Advantage Rentals and Hotwire you do not get the name of the agency until after you book, but it is guaranteed to be Advantage, Ace, or Nu Car Rentals. None of these are the “name brand” car rental companies. Generally I avoid them as they have a bit of a shady reputation. At priceline if you want a name brand like Thrifty or Dollar you will have to shell out $125. At Hotwire the cheapest name brand is Alamo at $136.
With Autoslash I was able to bring that rate down to $105.71 and could book that rate through either Thrift or Dollar. What I found extremely interesting is they were also able to find bookings through priceline, for a higher class of car, that beat the priceline economy price listed when I did my search. Comparing name brand to name brand you save yourself $20 over priceline and $31 dollars over hotwire (16% and 22% respectively). If you go with an off brand you still save $8 minimum. Winner: Autoslash
Trip 2: 2 Days in Miami
In September Stephanie and I are flying to Miami to visit her family in Orlando. Why fly into Miami then? Because it was $111 round trip a $200 savings over flying into Orlando. We are going to need a car to drive from Miami to Orlando (we always rent a car when we visit family anyways).
For Miami we have some radical differences between Hotwire and Priceline. Priceline is $37 dollars cheaper than priceline because they are utilizing Easirent. Easirent is a UK based company that outside Ireland and the UK only has car rentals in Florida. It gets pretty negative reviews online reviews, and honestly I have never heard of them before now. If you want a name brand you will need to jump up to $107 and rent from Sixt.
AutoslashAutoslash also was able to search from Easirent, but only gives them a 2 star rating, YIKES. That confirms what I thought about Easirent. Autoslash was only a $3 cheaper when it came to easirent. However, they were significantly when it came to name brand. They offer a Compact Car through hertz for $87. This same car is $100 more expensive on priceline and about $60 more expensive than hotwire. Comparing name brand to name brand Autoslash saves you $20 dollars over priceline and $28 over priceline (19% and 24%). For fun I did this search for a one week rental and for a Name Brand Company Autoslash was over $100 cheaper than Priceline.
Consider all your options
Winner Autoslash right? No. Remember to consider all of your options, while scrolling through options on priceline, I saw an amazing deal on an Audi A4 rental through Silvercar. Silvercar, is a rental car company owned by Audi that exclusively rents out silver Audi’s. I do not normally look into Silvercar, but how often do get a chance to drive an Audi. I knew that my Chase Sapphire reserve entitled me to 20% off of Silvercar rentals with coupon code “VisaInf20”. So i checked out their website.
Only $10 dollars more to rent an Audi… I am intrigued. I dug some more, I thought maybe I could find a better coupon code. Then I found “AUDIPBFREEDAY”. This dropped it down to $63.13 WHAT!?!?!?! an Audi $22 cheaper than renting an Economy car. SOLD. This is why it pays to consider all of your option. Winner: ME! This is a freak situation and you almost never get a luxury car this cheap, but heck I will take it.
Trip 3: 1 Day in San Diego
Because Delta had flights on sale for $117 R/T, we are going to take a day to see what there is to do in San Diego. We land at 11am but leave at 3pm so our rental is technically 1+ day rental, which bumps up the price a bit.
Hotwire and Priceline come in very close to one another in San Diego. $63 and $60 respectively. Let’s see how Autoslash does.
Autoslash knocks both Hotwire and Priceline out of the park with a $39.09 price over $20 cheaper on a 1+ day rental (over 35%!). I tired to check silver car again, they were $97, lightning doesn’t strike twice. Winner: Autoslash
Autoslash claims to save you on average 30% over the advertised online car rental prices for free, and it works! While you should always do your leg work when planning a trip, do not forget to try Autoslash to save some money!
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