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Car Rental Savings
Date: March 21, 2008
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts

Since the beginning of this year, some of the car rental agencies have either dropped their senior discount programs or have changed their terms and conditions.

While most major car rental agencies still offer some form of senior or membership discount, a couple of agencies are now guaranteeing that the lowest rates can be found when booking through their web sites, claiming that their rates will already match any previous or current discounted rates. Car rental agencies are continually offering special offers and promotions, and although most guarantee they will provide you with the best deal available, it is always smart to compare the rates of the current special with those of the senior discount.

You should also compare rates among two or three different car rental agencies. Although many car rental agencies are now owned by the same parent company, the prices can vary by as much as 20%. Comparing prices has become much easier with their online reservation systems, as many car rental web sites will provide the final rental price with any associated discounts already applied.

If you can not locate their senior rates or senior discounts information on their web sites, you may have to have a promotional/coupon code to receive the discount. We have many of these codes listed in the search area on the SeniorDiscounts.com’s web site or you may have to call the company's toll free number to receive the discount.

Below, we have highlighted some of the companies that provide senior discounts. You can see more details and other car rental discounts in the search area on the SeniorDiscounts.com’s web site.

Alamo (800-462-5266)
Alamo offers SeniorDiscounts members unlimited mileage and year-round discounts of up to 10% off Alamo's rates. Request I.D. Number 706768. (50+)
www.alamo.com

Avis (800-331-1212)
SeniorDiscounts Members receive up to a 10% discount. Use Promotional Code D897500 when making a reservation online. Visit the SeniorDiscounts.com web site for restrictions and web site links. (50+)
www.avis.com

Budget (800-527-0700)
SeniorDiscounts members receive up to a 10% discount. Use Promotional Code Y620600 when making a reservation online. Visit the SeniorDiscounts.com web site for restrictions and web site links. (50+)
www.rent.drivebudget.com

Dollar (800-800-4000)
Dollar no longer offers its Dollar's Silver Dollar Club for drivers 50 years and older and they do not offer discounts for AARP members. Dollar now offers its best rate guarantee, which claims that you will receive the best rate available when booking on its web site. If you are able to find a better Dollar rate on any other website, submit a claim and Dollar will give you that rate plus discount it by 10%. Visit the Dollar web site for more details.
www.dollar.com

Enterprise (800-261-7331)
Enterprise used to offer a free upgrade to people over the age of 50, but is no longer offering this promotion or any other senior discount. They do offer a 5% discount off the regular retail rates for AARP members. When booking a reservation with an AARP discount, your 10 digit membership number is mandatory. (50+)
www.enterprise.com

Hertz (800-654-3131)
AARP members receive 10% off Standard Rates and other discount amounts depending on the length of rental and the care type. Visit the Hertz web site for complete details. Hertz recommends comparing the AARP rates with other rates, as lower prices may be available. (50+)
www.hertz.com

National Car Rental (800-277-7368)
Members of SeniorDiscounts can enjoy the benefits of National’s Business Partner Program. Members receive complimentary membership in National’s Emerald Club (a $50 value). Their “Best Rating” ensures you receive the lowest available rate. Visit the SeniorDiscounts.com web site for restrictions and web site links. (50+)
www.nationalcar.com

Thrifty (800-847-4389)
Like Dollar, Thrifty no longer offers a discount for seniors or AARP members. Thrifty now offers its best rate guarantee, which claims that you will receive the best rate available when booking on its web site. If you are able to find a better Thrifty rate on any other website, submit a claim and Thrifty will give you that rate plus discount it by 10%. Visit the Thrifty web site for more details.
www.thrifty.com

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