Car Rental Tips: Save Money & Earn More Rewards

Love to travel, but need to do it on a budget? Here are some car rental tips to help you increase savings and reap more travel rewards.

Love to travel but need to do it on a budget? Here are some car rental tips to help you increase savings and reap more travel rewards.

Find the Best Gas Prices With Gas Buddy

The price of fuel can vary by as much as 10 percent within a few blocks. As you hit the road for vacation, hack your way to the cheapest refueling option near you with the help of GasBuddy, a free app available for devices operating on iOS and Android. When you’re ready to fill up, open the app and allow it to access your GPS location, or manually enter your ZIP code or city name. According to your location, GasBuddy will find the best-priced refueling options near you.

Save 5 Percent By Joining Alamo Insiders

Join Alamo’s loyalty program, Alamo Insiders, to save five percent off the retail rate for your rental.* Signing up is simple and super fast. First, visit the Alamo Insiders page to provide your name and email address, create a password and agree to the terms and conditions. Then, click “Join.” Voila! Five percent off the retail rates of all your future Alamo rentals vanish off the bill and reappear in your pocket.

Online Pay = A Secret Save

Actually, this hack is hiding in plain “site” if you’re booking a car online. Do you know when and where you’re going and what type of car you want to drive? Then hack your way to savings by pre-paying online. If you’re already booking online, why not pay at the same time to save 5 percent? By pre-paying, drivers save 5 percent off the rental rate and make vehicle pickup an even more time-efficient experience.

Treat Yourself and Hack into MORE Rewards

Alamo already helps you explore amazing destinations, but did you know that Alamo can accelerate the speed at which you earn rewards with airlines, hotels and other travel companies? It’s simple: Hack your way into a variety of special offers from Alamo’s Travel Partners. Each provides a unique opportunity for renters to earn more travel rewards on existing and future Alamo rentals. Just attach your Partner Rewards Program number when making a reservation. When determining which reward you should choose, think about your travel plans. Some travel partners provide a certain number of miles per day. Others provide a certain number of points per rental. See which offer works best for your schedule and preferences, and then treat yourself.

*Alamo Insiders save 5 percent off retail rates for rentals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Pay Now discount may not be combined with any other discounts.



Is Alamo open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Yes. Alamo is an essential services provider that remains open to meet critical transportation and personal mobility needs.

How do I rent a vehicle from Alamo during the COVID-19 outbreak?

You can make reservations via our website or Alamo mobile app. To save time at the rental counter, you can check in online with your driver’s license information and rental confirmation number.

To streamline your rental experience further and enable you to safely practice social distancing when picking up your rental vehicle:

  • You can skip the counter (for select locations) in advance after activating Online Check-In. Then, you can go straight to your car without visiting the counter or kiosk.
  • Another option is Alamo’s Self-Service Kiosk at select locations. All you need to check in is your driver’s license and credit card. When you’re finished, just show your rental agreement and driver’s license at the exit booth before you hit the road.

What steps are being taken to clean the rental cars?

Clean vehicles have always been important to us, but at this moment in time, we know vehicle cleanliness is even more critical. Each rental vehicle is thoroughly cleaned between every rental and backed with the Complete Clean Pledge. This includes washing, vacuuming, general wipe down, and sanitizing with a disinfectant that meets leading heath authority requirements, with particular attention to more than 20-plus high-touch points including:

  • Key / key fob
  • Steering wheel
  • Steering column
  • Seat belts
  • Center console
  • Door interiors
  • Door pockets
  • Interior door handles
  • Exterior door handles
  • Seat pockets / seat surfaces
  • Areas between seats & consoles
  • Areas between seats & doorjambs
  • Cupholders / compartments
  • Instrument panel
  • Accessory panel / touchscreen
  • Rearview mirror / side mirrors
  • Visors / visor mirrors
  • Dashboard / vents
  • Gear stick / gear shift
  • Trunk release
  • Among other high-touch areas

As part of the Complete Clean Pledge, we've also extended our already rigorous cleaning protocols to our shuttles and rental locations.

Read more COVID-19 FAQs.

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