How I Saved 91% on My Last Rental Car

  1. $3,000 rate was found by a general rental car search between PDX (Portland Oregon airport) and IAD (Dulles airport). That general search was done on a major search engine (probably Expedia). I suspect the rates were higher than usual (they are about $1,200 right now) because of the forest fires at that time.
  2. $380 rate was found on my next search. That was a very fast rate reduction but my years of savvy travel expertise knew what to do. I used Costco Travel to look for a car between Corvallis (my ideal pickup spot) and Tysons Corner Virginia (my ideal drop off spot). I also looked at several combos around Portland and dropping off in Northern Virginia. Here are my tips for booking travel on Costco Travel.
  3. $320 rate was sent to me. After making a booking (the $380 rate above), I registered my itinerary with Autoslash. Autoslash continually looks for better rates and found one through Hertz. Here are my tips for using Autoslash for car rental discounts.
  4. I then found the $290 rate. The Autoslash info wanted me to book a Hertz rate through Priceline which I did. But then I went directly to Hertz website I tried one of my own discount codes. That gave me a rate of $290.
  5. Woo hoo!

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