Costco Rental Car – We test drive for 2016

Costco Rental Car

What’s the deal with Costco Rental Car?

If you’re a Costco member, you can often save money on travel, and this includes with your car rentals. Members can compare rentals by brand and vehicle or perform a low price search and there’s always coupons featured on the site to help save you dollars. The Low Price Finder Search is across four big brands – Budget, Enterprise, Alamo and Avis. So that you can avoid any nasty surprises, all taxes and fees are clearly shown in the price and you’re not charged any cancellation fees.

We checked out Costco Travel Rental Car here in 2014 and then in 2015, comparing rates with other similar sites. We concluded that it certainly always pays to compare rates before booking and in both of these cases, Costco Car Rental was a clear winner. Let’s see if Costco continues its lead for 2016, too.

Tell me a little about the Costco Rental Car Low Price Search…

When you enter your rental car search criteria here, the site scans any applicable codes, coupons and discounts so that it can find you the best possible available price. In 2015, we checked the prices this way on Costco and then compared directly on the Budget, Enterprise, Alamo and Avis sites to see if being a Costco customer can save you more money. This year, we’re performing these comparisons again.

We chose to pick-up an intermediate car from Los Angeles International Airport on May 10th, returning to the same location on May 16th, 2016, for a driver aged 25+.

Costco Car Rental

We used the Low Price Finder Search and it showed the following prices:

Costco Rental Car

At just under $259 for the 6 day rental, Budget is the cheapest in the Costco search, closely followed by Alamo, with Enterprise and Avis costing a little more. This intermediate car rental with Budget is actually cheaper than renting an economy or compact car with any of the four brands for the same dates via Costco.

Budget Car Rental 

Costco Rental Car

Budget quoted $316.85 for the same booking if you pay now or $350.12 to pay later.

Alamo Car Rental

Costco Rental Car

Searching Alamo directly with the same parameters, the price is $293.02 if you pay now or $323.72 to pay later.

If you join the free loyalty program Alamo Insider, you can also get a 5% discount (but the price will still be more than renting with Budget via Costco in this instance).

Enterprise Car Rental 

Costco Rental Car

Enterprise quoted the total price of $350.08 for an intermediate rental.

Avis Car Rental

Costco Rental Car

The cost of renting directly with Avis for the same booking is $336.29 when you pay now or a whopping $551.95 to pay later!

What else do I need to know about Costco Rental Car?

As you can see, Costco Rental Car reigns for the third year running! If you’re a member, it really does pay to use this option when hiring a car.

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