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stash182 842 1,127 January 5, 2012 at 09:09 PM in Travel (3)
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Last Edited by stash182 January 5, 2012 at 09:11 PM
This is more of an FYI since it has been around, but I didn't see it mentioned anywhere. I needed a large car to move some furniture this weekend and ran across Costco's discount program through the major car rental companies (Avis, Enterprise, Budget, etc). I have literally looked for hours (probably wasted too much time to save a few bucks at this point) and Costco was the best deal by far.

I got a full sized SUV for $88 from Budget whereas the site is $200 even after discount codes. I think it depends on what type of car you want.

Costco also has other programs for car buying and travel.

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#76
Nice thank you. I will remember this .
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#77
Really need some help on a rental for 2/9 through 2/12 at MCO Airport,

Anyone able to help - Everywhere I find wants like $180 for those few days.

Would appreciate it.
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#78
costco saved me about $40. thanks. I got a compact for $120.55 for 10 days. but I'm hoping there is a way to upgrade with a coupon?

Here's the thing.. if you buy your costco membership through entertainment.com they will give you a bunch of free coupons to buy some costco items like, a rotisserie chicken, some bottled water and 2lbs of coffee and supposedly more. When I went to costco tonight to get my membership with this slip, I asked the manager if there was also a discount off the membership, he said ya, if you get the executive membership its $20 discount, in the form of a gift card- useable right there in the store.
I opted for this.
supposedly you could get the basic membership for a $10 gift card as well.

When I came home to book the rental on costco travel website, I didn't see any section to add any coupon codes? members here were saying you could stack coupon codes on top of the costco discount. How? did you call in? or did you do it at the rental counter?
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#79
Does anyone happen to have a link to the sams club website similar to the costco travel one?

Also, I'm not a member myself but my brother and sister are. Do you have to present your membership card when picking up the car? And are you allowed to make a reservation in someone elses name?
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#80
This whole discussion caused me to review Costco Travel for more than just rental cars. I have a trip coming up at the end of next month. Bottom line was they were able to package my hotel and car rental to Hawaii (I have free First Class airfare thanks to a prior Slickdeal with AA promotion), this saved me about $400 off the best prices I could find on hotel and car booking alone. I give up the true flexibility of being able to cancel or make changes (Costco charges a cancellation fee), but I'm set on the trip already.
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#81
Costco may not be the absolute cheapest in every situation known to man for renting a car. But they damn sure come close.. and are well worth it for the extras you get with the easy transaction and flexibility when making reservations. I'm laughing at the people in this thread that go thru a million websites and hoops, searching for hours on end for a coupon code to save $10 bucks more on a rental car. When I can use the Costco website and book in less than a minute.. with no deposit or prepaid amount required. I've booked both ways (using Costco and using coupon codes off the internet) and without a doubt Costco is the better option in my opinion.

Need to change or cancel a reservation? No problem. Need to book in the US, outside the US, last minute, in advance, special needs car. All no problem with Costco. The price is always extremely competitive and the process couldnt be easier. For many of us.. with fulltime jobs, families, biz & personal travel, bigger responsibilities.. time really IS money. And convenience is priceless. Even better with my 65 year old mom on my Costco account.. she can easily call a 1-800 number and have access to a bargain priced rental car whenever she or another family member needs it.
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Quote from cloroxbleach4 View Post :
Does anyone happen to have a link to the sams club website similar to the costco travel one?

Also, I'm not a member myself but my brother and sister are. Do you have to present your membership card when picking up the car? And are you allowed to make a reservation in someone elses name?
Sam's Club discontinued their travel services.
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#83
I've gotten great rates in the past through Costco, but for some reason this time around when booking for Hawaii it was significantly more. Found a rental comparable to Costco's rates in years past at discounthawaiicarrental.com. The website looks a little hokey, but didn't ask for any credit card info and got a confirmation directly from one of the car rental agencies. Check it out.
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#84
I work for Avis, and I can tell you that costco is the absolute cheapest code you can use for renting a car with us. The only exception to that is the absolute top of the line corporate accounts that we associate with (Deloitte employees) etc.

Here's another tip: Always book the cheapest possible car (sub-compact), and then upgrade at the counter. The rental agents work off of commission and basically can set the upgrade rates on the cars. The risk you do take is that the car class that you really want is not available (for instance if you want a small SUV), but those situations are few and far between (especially at the bigger locations).

If anyone has any questions about anything related to renting a car with avis, feel free to pm me.
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#85
Does the car rental company ask to see your Costco card at the time of rental?

I am trying to book a car under my sister's membership. I wonder if they'll need to see the card.
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#86
I got into a wreck last week with the wifes car (I was T-Boned at an intersection) and I have insurance that also covers a rental car.

How does that work if I want to use a code or something to get the most out of my rental.....?

My insurance company (state farm) only gives $25 a day for a rental and they gave me a choice between Hertz and Enterprise (or national, I can't remember, but I think the former).

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Quote from GoliathALi View Post :
I got into a wreck last week with the wifes car (I was T-Boned at an intersection) and I have insurance that also covers a rental car.

How does that work if I want to use a code or something to get the most out of my rental.....?

My insurance company (state farm) only gives $25 a day for a rental and they gave me a choice between Hertz and Enterprise (or national, I can't remember, but I think the former).

Any advice would be appreciated.
I'm not sure about the insurance part, but Hertz actually has some great deals out there. If you click the "Special offers" link on their homepage, they will give you some good codes. I combined it with my AAA discount and scored $6/day + tax on a 3 day rental. Good luck
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Quote from geminimagk View Post :
Does the car rental company ask to see your Costco card at the time of rental?

I am trying to book a car under my sister's membership. I wonder if they'll need to see the card.

I have Costco membership and just booked for 5 days in Hawaii. The booking agent didn't even ask for my member account number. Wondering the same if Budget will ask for my Costco card when picking up the car.
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Quote from Shannontmbg View Post :
I'm not sure about the insurance part, but Hertz actually has some great deals out there. If you click the "Special offers" link on their homepage, they will give you some good codes. I combined it with my AAA discount and scored $6/day + tax on a 3 day rental. Good luck

I'm a AAA member also.
What code are you using and does it work for a full sized sedan.

I hate the age differential charge. $15 a day just because I'm 21Mad

I feel more inclined to do a burnout in it or rev the engine more often and hit the brakes harder if I'm going to pay an extra $15 a day just to rent a car. I might as well get my money's worth.

Edit: I hate how gas prices keep going up lately. Then this has to happen. SMH Mad
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#90
Just thought I would add a note to help protect you when renting cars. Having rented cars dozens of times over the years, I want to share a tip that I do on every rental. Sorry for the length of the post.

Most important: before driving off in car, do a walk around at least 2 or 3 times and check for damage and scratches etc. Also check the windows, carpeting, drink holders, spare tire and upholstery.

Many times, a rental agency may not list the damage in detail or they list it as “minor”. I got burned badly in LA about 30 years ago, and paid a lot out of my pocket for damage I did not do. I now check every time.

If you do not do a pre-check and you later find your windshield had a crack, the seat is ripped or carpet majorly stained, the drink holder or carpet mats are missing or worse, a dent or large scratch somewhere... if it is not noted (in detail) on your rental slip when you initially took the car, you stand a high chance of having it charged to you when you return the car.

The agent that rents you the car may say” I did not list it because it is a minor dent and don’t worry about it” may not share the same philosophy of what is “minor” when the vehicle is returned an someone blames the damage on you. Saying “but your agent said….”does not help you. Do not fall under the suspicion that your platinum charge card will cover the damage every time; there is a lot of small print.

I frequently rent in smaller airports where there may not be an agent in the garage when I return the vehicle for a 6 am flight. I take pictures of the car if necessary. I don’t was some garage jockey to later move the rental I returned and while getting it ready for the next rental, back it into another car or pillar in the garage and then state the car was damaged by me when I returned it.

Yes there are many legitimate and ethical rental agencies and employees that would not do this. Sadly, there are some that would blame it on you so they do not get in trouble, or the agencies records on previous damage are not filled out. If I see damage not noted to my satisfaction when picking the car up, I have the security guard itemize the damage and note it on the slip as I leave the garage, and I make sure to get their name and note their name and the time of day in case I need it later. Yes I may be too detailed, but I prefer not to get charged for damage the last guy was already charged with.
Oh, and check for a valid spare tire and jack before leaving.

It is amazing how many people just get the keys and go.
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