November 17, 2021

How to Save Money When Renting a Car


If you’ve been on an airplane since travel resumed during the COVID-19 pandemic and needed to rent a car at your destination, the chances are high that your rental car bill was higher than your airfare.

When the pandemic began, many rental car agencies sold some of their fleet in order to stay afloat, and now, a computer-chip shortage has led to fewer cars being available from manufacturers. In addition, companies are trying to recoup lost costs from 2020 and even 2021 when travel hasn’t been as popular as it was before the pandemic.

With the holiday travel season looming, Oneida Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has three ways to save money on your next rental car agreement.

  1. Look for Corporate Discounts

There are a number of places to get a corporate discount on a rental car, including very common places like AAA or through a credit card company. In addition, large employers may offer discounts, and many collegiate alumni associations do as well. The point is, discounts are readily available and you probably qualify for at least one.

  1. Book as a Combo Deal Through an Airline Portal

After booking a flight, airlines will generally ask if you would like to rent a car as an add-on to your flight purchase, and that bundle will usually include a discount. This is also the case for sites like Orbitz and Expedia that offer flight prices from a number of different carriers.

  1. Use an Alternative

If you’re traveling to a larger metro area, try a crowdsourcing-type service like Turo. Best explained as the AirBnB of car rentals, you essentially borrow someone else’s car for your trip. This also comes with increased options like pet-friendly and electric vehicles along with one-on-one assistance and support from \"hosts.\"

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