Back last year, I wrote about my Top 10 miles and points tools (you can also view the miles and points tools honorable mentions for useful tools that just missed the cut). #2 on that list was Autoslash, which is a great tool for getting a great deal on a car rental. With how awesome it is, you could probably make the argument for Autoslash at #1, if Award Wallet wasn’t so dang useful!
I’ve written about Autoslash before (Using Autoslash to save a ton on your next rental car), but basically the way that it works is that you just put in the dates for any upcoming trip, and it gives you its top price. I haven’t found that the prices they initially give you are anything world-breaking, but the real magic comes from the fact that once you submit your request, they constantly scan the different car rental agencies looking for better deals, and will email you if/when it finds one
Booking a car to go to #FT4RL (for HALF OFF!)
I am once again attending the Family Travel for Real Life conference, which is in Orlando in April. I’m actually flying down a day earlier, so I can make some progress in my travel bucket list goal to visit all 3,143 counties in the United States
In fact, it was these exact same tickets which got so many angry commenters on my post Southwest just PAID me to take the same flight!
I originally entered the car rental information into Autoslash a few months ago, and I originally was quoted $81.75 for a 3 day rental. Not a horrible price, but I knew I could get better. A few weeks ago, I got an email that my price had dropped to $66.29. Even better, my rental had automatically been canceled and re-booked at the new price, without my having to do anything!
Then, this morning, I got another email from Autoslash!
Nearly 50% off!
Past successes with Autoslash
This is not a unique experience with Autoslash either – this has happened just about every time I use it. Last summer, on our epic family roadtrip to Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone, we used Autoslash to book our rental cars (that’s cars in plural, because we’re a 2 rental car family!)
We ended up with a 7 day rental for a little over $100 total, and when we returned the car, the agent at the car rental place said “You got a great deal-I’ve been renting these for $100 / DAY!”
Have you used Autoslash before? Share your killer deals in the comments!
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I have had great luck with Autoslash as well. Thanks for introducing them to me. Their customer service is excellent and I have always saved more with them than anywhere else.
I’ve used Autoslash several times with good luck. However, my last rental at SJC from Fox was a nightmare when they refused to honor the Autoslash quote I reserved. Autoslash customer service was poor and I spent an hour at the Fox counter when I returned the car to get the excess refunded. I still like Autoslash but I won’t use an off brand rental company from them again.
That stinks! I’ve never run into that but I can see how it would happen with some off-brand companies. I assume you showed them a printout or documentation of your rate / confirmation number?
Everything looked in order on the electronic reservation Autoslash sent me. But, it did not break out a daily rate, only the total cost of the rental. Fox claimed their best daily rate resulted in a higher total than what Autoslash quoted. My other rentals from Autoslash, from national brands such as Budget, have been fully itemized by Autoslash. I finally got a refund from Fox to match the quote from Autoslash, but it was painful. I have another rental through Autoslash next month at SMF from Budget for a super low rate. Fingers crossed!
wow, thank you for this tip! R.eally useful
Cool map of your travels! Did you make that yourself, or is there a place where I can get a blank one? Thanks!
You can enter in all your counties at http://www.mob-rule.com/home
Great tip – I have reserved from them and currently have them monitoring for a summer family trip to CO. Any tips for getting my wife added as an additional driver for free on the lower cost agencies (Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo).
AutoSlash is fantastic.
Thanks for this post, which I read while I was in Cape Town, South Africa. Had a car reserved with Budget through Costco for a two day rental from MIA to AVL for $251.74 (incl. taxes/fees) for an intermediate car. Autoslash found us an intermediate car from National for $114.25 (incl. taxes/fees). Plus, National upgraded us to a Hyundai SUV so we had lots of room for all of our luggage from our 6 week trip. I wish I could upload a picture I took of our car. This was an unbelievable deal.
That’s so awesome! I’m glad it was able to work out for you!