The best American Express car rental discounts are 15% - 25% off from Avis and National Car Rental. American Express offers cardholders discounts on rentals from 6 of the top car rental companies, along with benefits like vehicle upgrades and membership status.
The discounts are automatically applied when you pay for the rental using your American Express card. The discount benefit is separate from Amex’s rental car insurance.
American Express Car Rental Discounts:
Avis: up to 15% off
Budget: 5% off
Dollar: 15% off
Enterprise: 5% off and complimentary one-car-class upgrade
Hertz: 10% off standard rates and complimentary one-car-class upgrade
National Car Rental: up to 25% off rentals, $15 off 3-day weekend rentals, and Emerald Club Executive Status (after enrolling in Emerald Club, which is free)
Those discounts can be found directly on the rental agencies’ websites, and through American Express. It also never hurts to ask the rental agent what discounts they offer for Amex cardholders. In general, you should avoid going through third-party sites for car rental discounts, since those likely won’t be as reliable.
American Express offers lots of discounts for their cardholders, on purchases ranging from rental cars to concert tickets. They also offer plenty of other benefits, including rental car insurance. Amex car rental insurance covers damage or theft of the rental vehicle up to $50,000, and can also provide secondary coverage for medical expenses that result from an accident, up to $5,000 per person. To receive Amex rental car insurance, be sure to pay for the rental using your Amex card and reject the insurance offered by the rental agency.
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