I’m quite often asked how I find the cheapest rental cars. I rarely rent cars because when I travel I’m either taking public transportation or Ubers/Lyfts and because I simply don’t drive a lot when I’m on the road. I’m usually doing work in the hotel, and I tend to walk everywhere. However, when I do rent a car (a couple times a year), I do know it’s generally cheaper to search all the different agencies instead of just one. Of course, searching each site takes a lot of time so I check the online travel agencies, as well.
Until last year, I used to almost always bid for rentals on Priceline. Then last year, I started using AutoSlash, which I really like—but some readers have complained that they don’t like AutoSlash’s format (you have to sign up, put in your info and then wait for them to email you 15-30 minutes later).
If you’re someone that likes to see your car rental options immediately (and want a great price), you should add RentalCars.com to your list of favorites. (Full disclosure: I signed up to their affiliate program so I do get a small commission when you use them, but I would be writing about them either way as they offer a great product. It’s just an added bonus when a company pays you for a referral fee.)
RentalCars.com is part of Booking Holdings Inc. which owns Booking.com, Priceline.com, Kayak.com, Agoda.com, and OpenTable.com. So it’s not surprising that they operate the world’s largest ground transportation platform, which generates over eight million annual bookings across 50,000+ locations in 165+ countries. They don’t charge cancellation fees, you can book now and pay later, and you can book a car within 60 seconds (including one-way rentals).
Have you used RentalCars.com? How do you like them? What’s your secret for getting the cheapest and easiest rental cars?
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