FTU DFW 2015: The Secrets of Renting Cars at Home and Abroad

Here is my Rental Cars presentation from Frequent Traveler University, Dallas in April 2015. For those who have seen previous versions of this talk, the updates are relatively minor, incorporating new developments since December.

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  • eponymous coward

    Alamo doesn’t usually have huge mileage promos, but getting 1K AA miles isn’t so hard.

    https://www.alamo.com/en_US/car-rental/partners/partner-details/affinity/7015732-american-airlines.html?customerNumber=7015732

    They’ve had 1K UA mile promos in the past.

    Alamo’s probably best at generating WN RR points:

    http://travel.southwest.com/specialoffers/offerDetails.html?id=62206454

    On a two day rental, 1200 points is a net rebate of $17 at 70 RR/dollar redemption value. That’s not bad if you can score offseason rental rates.

    On a one day rental, WN69 on a midsize is pretty good at Thrifty (same 1200 RR point rebate):

    https://www.swabiz.com/html/rapidrewards/promotions/thrifty-1.html

    I’d probably take 1200 RR points over 1K VS.

    The problem I find with the Hertz/Avis/National triad is the bonus miles usually never pencil out against just buying miles for cash from the company and paying a lower rental rate… if you’re in effect paying 2-3 cents per mile, it’s probably not a good deal.

  • E Marks

    I found using http://www.autoslash.com after booking the best price I can find saves me another 10-15%

  • Up&Away

    Thanks for sharing. Reserving rental cars is hands-down my least favorite part of trip planning.

  • I’m always happy to read your slideshows on car rentals. You reiterate some important stuff from previous presentations, and add new tidbits.

    I learned about the Capital One portal through your website a couple of years ago and have used it several times to save quite a bit of money, most recently on a one-way rental. The only problem with Capital One is that it is hard to find your way to the correct page on their website.

    Thanks!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Up&Away – and often costly.