Sign Up for Car Rental Rewards

The Benefits of Membership

Car rental loyalty programs might not seem worth your time, since some don't even give you free car rentals with membership. The perks, however - shorter lines, reserved cars, partner programs - make signing up for car rental rewards programs well worth your time. This list can get you signed up before your next road trip, and hopefully save you time and frustration at the rental counter. From my business travels, I've definitely found that it makes sense to sign up for car rental rewards programs.

  • 01 of 09
    Man Driving Australian Car
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    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    - Free car rental
    - Free upgrade
    - Roadside assistance
    - Travel discounts

  • 02 of 09
    ••• Car rental in Miami. David A. Kelly

    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    Designated members-only lines
    Partner rewards only, including 250 Hilton HHonors points per qualifying rental or 50 miles per rental day towards partner airline rewards programs

  • 03 of 09
    ••• Photo Copyright Flikr.com user: jeffwilcox

    Avis Preferred
    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Faster reservations and lines, less paperwork
    • Lowest mileage cars
  • 04 of 09
    ••• Budget Car Rental. www.flickr.com/atomic taco

    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Budget's Fastbreak service provides renters with a faster reservation and rental experience.
    • Faster reservations with saved profiles (and signature)
    • One-Click Booking feature at budget.com
    • Choice service at counters - skip the lines and look for your name on the board.
    • FastBreak counters at the airport allow renters to simply show their license and go!
    • With "Rent More, Save More", earn 10-20% or more off all future budget.com rentals after first rental
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  • 05 of 09
    Man Driving Australian Car
    ••• Car rentals. undefined

    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Earn points with renter rewards partners including Best Western, United, American Airlines, and Southwest
    • 50% off upgrades
    • Designated members-only lines.
    • Earn one credit per rental day (receive one free rental day for every 16 credits)
  • 06 of 09
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    ••• CoPilot GPS App for iPhone. CoPilot

    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Earn points
    • Up to 15% off rentals
    • Designated members-only lines and reservation numbers
    • Partner rewards are available, including Choice Hotels and airline rewards
  • 07 of 09
    ••• Car rental. David A. Kelly

    #1 Club
    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Faster reservations and rentals
    • Special savings on rentals
    • Car selection

    Hertz #1 Club Gold
    Cost: $60/year
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Add a second authorized driver free of charge
    • Discounts of up to 15% on rentals
    • Designated members-only lines, choice rentals
    • Earn points toward air, hotel and rail program partners
  • 08 of 09
    parking in NYC
    ••• NYC Parking Spots. Copyright: Phil Dolby, Flickr, (CC BY 2.0)

    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • Bypass the counter and choose your own car
    • E-receipts
    • Choose free rental days or airline miles as your reward (earn one rental credit per paid rental or for every four consecutive paid days)
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  • 09 of 09
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    ••• Car rental. David A. Kelly

    Cost: Free
    Benefits/Rewards:

    • 50% off upgrades
    • Speedy service with designated members-only lines
    • Rentals can earn points towards future car rentals or airline or hotel partner rewards

While most business travelers know that it's worth it to earn frequent flyer points, they don't always take the time to sign up for rental car rewards programs. From my experience, it's definitely worth it any time you take a business trip. Edited by David A. Kelly