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USAA Rental Car Promotion Doesn’t Offer Huge Savings

USAA Rental Car Promotion

The USAA rental car promotion is a bit of a bust, after testing the pricing for an upcoming trip.

About a week ago, I received a flyer from USAA with a list of the USAA rental car promotion, which is in effect until 12/31/2014 (Enterprise does not have an expiration date, and I believe you can always book Enterprise through them).  However, after doing some playing around with the promotion, the savings are not really that great.

I have an upcoming trip to Seattle in November, so I used that trip to compare the regular prices with the promotional prices.  Here’s the breakdown on how the promotions work and whether they really offer any savings:

Avis: There is actually a minimum number of days required under this promotion in order to get the discount from them.  Their requirement is five days, which may work for some people, but I rarely need a car for that length of time.  Therefore, I was not able to get a promotional value for my weekend trip to Seattle.

Budget:  No deal here, the price was exactly the same with the promotion than it was when I didn’t enter the promotion code.  The promotion was a bust for me to try and use it for the Seattle trip through Budget.

Enterprise:  The weekend I was looking at did not have any difference when I tried to book it through the USAA website and the regular website.  The price was exactly the same.

Hertz:  This is the only company that legitimately offered a “discount.”  There was about a $6 savings if I booked through them using this promotion, which isn’t a huge savings, and it was still more expensive than Avis and Budget, even with the discount.

Overall, I’d say the overall discount factor for this promotion is a bit of a bust.  However, there are other benefits that some people might find beneficial:

  • Free enrollment in priority programs so you can skip the lines
  • Unlimited mileage on most vehicles
  • No additional driver fees for spouses or USAA family members
  • Young driver fees waved for USAA members ages 18-24 (Hertz) or ages 21-24 (Avis, Budget, and Enterprise)
  • Primary liability coverage included

Some of those benefits are pretty good, but I think if you are looking to really save money, this promotion doesn’t really get you much in that respect.

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