In years past when I needed a rental car, I viewed it much the same as finding cheap airfare. It seemed as though everywhere I looked the price would vary by a few dollars for the same exact itinerary. Eventually, I would find a site that I trusted and would go back to when I needed flights (such as Travelocity, Priceline, RentalCars.com, etc). However, the evolution of AutoSlash.com made the process of searching for rental cars much, much easier. It aggregates results from several websites and factors in any memberships you have, such as loyalty programs, AAA discounts, or wholesale club memberships, and within a few minutes emails you with the lowest rental options for your criteria. I began using this with much success until I found a better site with lower prices for the same rental.
Since I hold credit cards with Chase that earn Ultimate Rewards, I logged on to the Chase Ultimate rewards portal to book through the Chase. I searched for a round-trip rental for an upcoming trip to Sarasota, Florida on both AutoSlash and Chase, and found the price to be much, much lower through Chase. The cheapest options from AutoSlash were via Priceline, so for ease of comparison I’ll use the Priceline example versus what I found with Chase.
Priceline listed a compact car for $219 while Chase offered the same car for $181.83. These two prices are for prepaid rentals, so the pay-at-pickup option with Priceline was slightly higher. Across the board on all car categories there was a minimum of a $34 savings with Chase. In looking at a full-size car, the savings was over $50!
However, when booking through Chase you must know two things. First, they do not allow one-way rentals. Second, all of their options are prepay only, so you’re subject to cancellation fees if you cancel within 3 days of the pickup date. The rentals do include unlimited mileage, which is good. If you’re a Chase cardholder, check the Ultimate Rewards portal first when searching for a rental car