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What’s the deal with Costco Car Rental?
We’ve written about Costco car rental before. If you’re a Costco member, you can save big on car rentals, as when we previously looked at one-way options, Costco was the clear winner when compared with booking online with Budget or Car Rental Savers.
Costco members can compare car rentals by brand and vehicle or perform a low price search. The search is across four distinct brands – Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise. All taxes and fees are clearly shown to be included in the price and there are no cancellation fees charged.
Tell me more about the Costco Car Rental low price search…
Costco car rental’s low price finder lets you enter your rental car search criteria and the site scans all applicable codes, coupons and discounts in order to find you the best available price.
This time, we’re checking out the price of Costco rental cars and comparing rates with Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise to see if being a Costco customer really can save you money by not booking directly.
We chose to pick-up from Miami International Airport on July 20th and returning to the same location on July 27th, 2015, for an intermediate car for a driver aged 25+.
Costco Car Rental
We used the low price finder to search and it showed that only Alamo, Avis and Budget have airport locations, with Enterprise not available within a 10 mile-radius. By selecting the former three brands, Costco gave us these prices:
At just over $300 for the week’s rental, Alamo is the cheapest in the Costco search, closely followed by Budget, and with Avis costing over $100 more.
Alamo Car Rental
Searching Alamo directly with the same parameters, the price jumps up to $349.76 if you pay now or $382.59 if you pay later:
However, if you join the free loyalty program Alamo Insider, you can get a 5% discount.
Avis Car Rental
The cost of renting directly with Avis for the same booking is $311.95 when you pay now or $367 to pay later.
Budget Car Rental
Budget quoted $354.12 for the same booking if you pay now or $386.46 to pay later.
Enterprise Car Rental
Enterprise let us book a rental from Miami International, so maybe the Costco site has a glitch. However, the total price was $386.42.
What else do I need to know about Costco Car Rental?
As you can see, it always pays to compare rates before booking. Simply being an exclusive member doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the best price, but once again it seems Costco Car Rental is a clear winner!