Check Your Discounts
Days of the week matter a lot with car rentals. Martinez says some agencies discount Tuesday through Thursday rentals while others make weekends cheaper. Your best bet is to use a comparison site, but make sure the price you’re seeing is the final price including all taxes and fees. Goldman specifically started his site because most of the major comparison sites didn’t show the final price, just the per-day.
Pick up spots can change a price too. In some cities, the airport is your best bet. In others, it’s a mid-city locale. If you’ve got some flexibility, it’s worth searching around. Finally, Martinez says to always ask about discounts. Members of AAA and AARP get reduced rates almost everywhere, but other organizations may have partnerships too. Finally, don’t forget to ask if you can earn frequent flier miles with your car rental.