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Site with Historical Rental Car rates?

dakels 185 55 August 4, 2015 at 09:56 AM in Travel (4)
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Does anyone know of a site which tracks historical rate data for rental cars? Like a camelcamelcamel for rental car prices or how many travel sites show historical and future rates for flights?

Trying to figure out when is the best time to lock in a rate for West Palm Beach.
I know my local market (NYC) nuances but I don't know for other destinations. For my area, airport rates plummet the closer you get to the weekend, but neighborhood rates skyrocket Friday-Sun.

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Not the tool you are looking for, but I find that the earlier you look, the better. I never prepay a rate unless I am absolutely sure it won't go lower -- last one I locked in was Cancun for $70/wk. I found out it was an error, but they honored it. I stick with the major car rental sites where you do not have to prepay and then cancel when I find a better rate. Sometimes, I have a code for extra savings. I usually look at http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ca...vices-392/ and see if there are any deals that they know of. Here is another: http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/h...s/1159499/ I've done well with a couple of prepays that included insurance in Florida here: http://www.ebookers.com/
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thanks for the feedback. I use Hotwire and http://www.rentalcarmomma.com/ often. I also have some corporate codes for Budget and Avis. I was thinking of locking it in and just pay the $25 difference if I have to cancel for a cheaper rate. Airports seem to be cheaper closer to the weekend. Hot rates from hotwire are pretty good if they have a large supply closer to the date. I just wish I could look at a 1-2 week historical. I often just check and note it myself but I haven't had the time lately.
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Somewhat on topic here, what's the best way to get the best deal on a rental car? I'm looking for something in September for 7-10 days. Any tips or tricks? I'm flexible on dates, so if a Monday start is better than Friday, or anything I should know would be appreciated. Thinking a std size, but could go smaller.
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Somewhat on topic here, what's the best way to get the best deal on a rental car? I'm looking for something in September for 7-10 days. Any tips or tricks? I'm flexible on dates, so if a Monday start is better than Friday, or anything I should know would be appreciated. Thinking a std size, but could go smaller.
I'm still hunting for a full size suv, budget has a premium suv that would be a navigator EL or a suburban. Best deal I found was with code U112000 & MUGZ165.
MIght be costco, i don't know. If you break the prepay before the last minute it's $10 with budget.
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I'm still hunting for a full size suv, budget has a premium suv that would be a navigator EL or a suburban. Best deal I found was with code U112000 & MUGZ165.
MIght be costco, i don't know. If you break the prepay before the last minute it's $10 with budget.
Are those corporate discount codes or something? And what about Costco? Can I book through Costco? Sorry, I've never done this before.
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Are those corporate discount codes or something? And what about Costco? Can I book through Costco? Sorry, I've never done this before.
I don't know where it came from it's been a few weeks since I was crunching numbers. probably here somewhere http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/t...start=6240

It looks like it's a friends and family code. I don't expect to be caused much problems. I'll tell them my cousin works for budget in chicago. Then play dumb. But I doubt they ask anything,. They will just be wanting to get the forms and paperwork filled out as quick and possible and move on the the next customer.

Most corporate codes don't let you rent much more than 4 door car and maybe a small SUV. I had an AT&T corporate code that I used all the time at AVIS. This time around I need the SUV and the avis code didn't help at all. (for what it is worth the AVIS code is A666600) I was never asked about the code or if I worked for at&t.
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oh my god, i love you guys for posting the costco thing. I never knew you could book through costco, i've always gone through hertz and used AAA code. I need a minivan for vegas trip next month and through costco i found it for more than 50% cheaper than hertz. <3 <3
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I got questioned once by eBookers -- but I've used them many times -- they are based out of Great Britain and I have a US driver's license. I told Junior at the desk (Dollar rental in Florida that time) that I wanted to talk to the manager about their giving better rates to citizens of other countries and he just gave me the keys and the rate I booked.

Look carefully at rates if you look there sometimes they are bundled and other times it is a straight rental. I got one that bundled in insurance and a tank of gas for not much more than the other quotes I had. In the past, I found them to be very competitive. You do have to prepay and I think there is a $50 cancellation fee.
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