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What’s the scoop with Priceline car rental vs. Expedia car rental?
The Priceline Group and Expedia Inc. are continuing to dominate the online travel market and this includes the business of car rental. We take a look at hiring a car online with both sites and compare prices with a hypothetical booking to see if there’s a clear winner between the two OTAs.
Both Priceline and Expedia are comparison sites when it comes to car rental. They both use well-known car companies as well as lesser-known ones. so you’ll see big names like Sixt, Alamo, Hertz, Budget, Avis, National and Thrifty as well as smaller ones including E-Z and Fox.
Tell me more about Priceline car rental…
Hiring a car with Priceline is a simple process as the site is easy to navigate and clearly laid out.
You can also use Priceline to ‘name your own price’ with car rentals and you can often get a cheaper deal this way. We’ve written about Priceline’s ‘name your own price’ hotel service in the past, as bidding on hotels can often save you money. However, as Expedia doesn’t offer this service, it wouldn’t make for a fair comparison, so this post is just about comparing standard car hire, without any bidding involved.
Tell me more about Expedia car rental…
Expedia’s car rental search facility is easy to understand and use, so booking a car rental is painless. There are flexible options and you can reserve a car and collect it at an airport, in the middle of a town or somewhere in the suburbs, while some other sites only offer airport and city locations.
The car rental comparison…
We checked out both Priceline and Expedia for an economy car rental for 8 days, picking up from Orlando International Airport on July 20th and dropping off at the same location on July 28th. We were surprised to see exactly the same results for the cheapest rental:
- Priceline’s total was $195.20 for the cheapest economy rental with Fox Rent a Car, including taxes and fees, which works out at $24.40 per day.
- Expedia’s total was exactly the same price for a rental with the same company!
The next Priceline alternative was EZ Rent-a-Car, for $222.93 total, while Expedia’s second result was Dollar at the cost of $244.30.
What else do I need to know about Priceline car rental vs. Expedia car rental?
Despite this result, it always pays to compare sites when you’re looking to hire a car, even if it means comparing comparison sites!