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Remember the $49 hot rates hotel deal with Hotwire last week? A day after I made hotel reservations, it sent me an email asking if I wanted to rent a car. So I decided to look at their hot rates for car rental. My car rental in SFO was $15 a day at Dollar for a Nissan Sentra with under 5k miles. Heck yea, I took it.

Even today as I'm doing some price comparison, I am still seeing Hotwire's hot rates beating Costco Travel. My screenshots below and unfortunately, they are reduced in size because I couldn't fit the entire page on the screen nicely. It may not be the $15 a day that I got last weekend but still....I'm just saying it's cheaper than Costco Travel.

My example....
San Francisco International Airport
Pick up: Friday, July 6
Drop Off: Sunday, July 8

On Hotwire I got $23.04 a day while Costco quoted $34.04 a day for Intermediate. Their economy car is actually a bit more and they will always highlight the cheaper price.

Just saying it's definitely worth looking into Hotwire's Car Rental [hotwire.com] section. Their site is actually easy to use and easy on the eyes.

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Looking at a one way rental and their prices are crazy good
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How is their cancellation policies
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Watch for fees that they tack on. Usually Costco travel is the best deal for trips I've booked, including the current rate that I just compared
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Costco Travel may be the better call after fees here. Head to final checkout on Hotwire and read the fine print to see your price out the door. I've gotten some killer pricing on car rentals this way before, however.
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Watch for fees that they tack on. Usually Costco travel is the best deal for trips I've booked, including the current rate that I just compared
there were no fees for me when i used hotwire for my car rental. not sure what fees you're talking about.
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Hotwire hide their additional fees in the taxes and fees section. That is how they make their money on prepaid rentals. You have to look at total price, not per day rate.

You are comparing Apples to Oranges - these are prepaid rates that are non refundable, can't be changed, you don't know what agency and require you to go to the counter. Costco rates are postpaid, allow you to skip the counter (or use loyalty in most cases) and can be changed or canceled.

In some cases it may make sense to prepay if the savings are enough and your plans are not going to change.

Saying that I did find comparable postpaid rates at carrentalsavers under their weekend specials tab. Alamo and Thrifty were similar and at SFO you can skip the counter with both using online check in and Blue Chip respectively.

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