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Car Rental Prices Up for Holidays, AutoSlash Offers Money-Saving Strategies

November 17, 2021

Car rental inventory is tightening and rates are rising for holiday travel © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

How much will your holiday car rental cost? 

Since Labor Day, travelers have seen lower car rental rates and better availability. Prices, which were averaging near $100 per day during the summer, had come down to a more reasonable $50 to $75 per day during September and October.

But with the holidays just around the corner, AutoSlash – a leading site for budget car rentals – is seeing sky-high rates coming back. And with inventory tightening in the coming days and weeks, the company expects average rates to top $100 per day in many parts of the country (for example, rates in the NYC metro area are $125 – $150 per day over Thanksgiving, and rates exceed $100 per day at major Florida airports).

Jonathan Weinberg, CEO and founder of AutoSlash says travelers can protect themselves from higher rates and a general lack of availability with a few simple money-saving strategies, including:

  • Plan as far ahead as possible and always book a pay-later car rental so you have flexibility if your plans change and can secure a lower rate if a better deal comes along
  • Check all discounts that you qualify for, such as AAA, Costco, AARP, USAA, frequent flyer programs and credit cards
  • Rent at off-airport locations to avoid higher rates, taxes and fees typically charged by airport car rental locations
  • Sign up for rental company loyalty programs so you can skip the counter and avoid long lines, check in online and get on your way quickly
  • Be strategic about add-on options. Fill up the car yourself at the end of the rental, look for deals on child car seats, and more.

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