Sharon and I go to Texas a couple of time per year to visit Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels. As the Austin/San Antonio area has been growing significantly, prices of airfares and rental cars have also been increasing. Because of this, I’ll try to lock in a rental car as soon as I remember to. I do have a list of ways to book a cheap rental car, I’m now only doing one of those steps.
I go to www.AutoSlash.com
Just by putting in some information about my rental, I quickly receive an email back showing the best prices for my rental.
This one, the news didn’t look that good.
The best rate for my 4-day rental was showing at $329.76 and that was for an SUV. Every other car class from Economy to luxury was costing even more
I went right back to AutoSlash and had them track my rental. For a few weeks, it didn’t look good. The only less expensive rental was from E-Z, Fox and Advantage and I’ll pay more to not rent from them.
Finally, I got a notification of a price drop, and this one was significant. Clicking through to Priceline, I noticed that all classes of cars had fallen in price. I went and rebooked us into a Mazda 3 (or similar) for $173.76
This was about the same price as our last rental in the area. While expensive for a four-day trip, it’s what I’ve come to expect. I still registered the new rental price and car type with AutoSlash. IMPORTANT: You need to do this every time you rebook so AutoSlash can keep looking for lower rates.
Just four days later, another email notification arrived from AutoSlash.
From the starting price of $329 to the $149, I ended up renting for, AutoSlash saved me over $180 on this car rental alone.
Best of all, using AutoSlash is totally free. It’s become the only took I use to book rental cars for the majority of our trips. Only if the pricing seems to be very high do I look for prices elsewhere.
And unlike booking hotels through online travel agents, you can still get your Frequent Renter number linked to your reservation and have access to the fast checkout lane.
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