I just rented a car for an upcoming non-Disney trip and found the following to be notable:
- For the first time in a long time Avis had the best deal for me; usually they come nowhere near the best
- I also really hate how Avis (and Budget) show prices excluding taxes, airport fees, etc while every other company I checked show rates inclusive of those
- I despise that so much that Avis not only has to have the best price, but must beat the next by a significant amount like 15% or more to get my business
- For this rental, after finding out the true full cost, Avis came in at right about 20% off the Hertz rate I get with the Platinum card which is almost always my best rate
- Avis is offering up to 30% off for prepaid rentals right now (unclear how long this lasts). The penalty if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance is $50. My prepaid discount offer was 20% and was substantial enough to make it worth my while. In contrast, Hertz offered just $7 per day if I prepaid on a 3 day rental which enticed me not at all.
- The Honey discount code service/extension was amazingly well integrated into the Avis website, showing me I'd save $x on car type A and $y on car type B, etc.
- The Avis prepay discount is stackable with their Amazon Prime discounts and benefits
- Alamo, National, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise and Dollar were not even competitive with Avis or Hertz. I realize part of this is due to affinity deals I have with those 2 (AmEx for Hertz, Amazon for Avis) but I still don't get how the other companies almost never are competitive when I check
- Anyway, if you are an Amazon Prime member and haven't bothered looking at Avis rates in a while, it might be worth doing so.