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AARP should review Rental Car discounts

I recently traveled to Seattle and needed a rental car. I shopped with the AARP discounted rates from both Budget and Avis. The rates, if they were not  discounted as claimed, and were higher than rates I could get shopping on my own through other car rental company websites.

I saved more money by using Expedia.

AARP should review the arrangements with these companies, and revoke their endorsements if the facts and promised discounts don't prove to be what is claimed.

K A Bolin

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I just received my AARP membership and I was curious how much I could save by renting a midsize SUV in a place like Denver where we travel often. It turned out for the same travel dates, Budget gave us the price at $826 + change. That’s already discounted on the quote. Then I searched on Southwest Airlines website that I’m a member as well, the quote for rent from Budget is $547 + change. What the hell? I do know whether the vendors are fooling older people or what? That’s ridiculously higher… almost $280 higher, are you kidding me? What kind of benefits AARP could claim in this particular case, esp. on the unsuspected elderlies? I’m waiting for an answer from their PR or representative. I have the quotes from both to verify my argument. Let me see when I’ll get a reply on that. I’m kinda annoyed… might just cancel the card for a refund. 

Lewis

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Hi @LewisL643149. With Avis and Budget, AARP Members save up to 30% off base rates (for Avis & Budget), plus get an upgrade on compact through full-size car class bookings based on availability, an additional driver at no cost, and more. The AARP discount for Avis and Budget are indeed discounted as advertised above and on the AARP website. However we cannot, unfortunately, guarantee that rates in our programs will always be the lowest in every possible situation or compared to every other company. This means that while you may find a lower cost with another company, you will always get the lower cost and extra benefits included with the AARP provider program. You are strongly encouraged to evaluate and determine based upon your own needs and circumstances, whether a particular product is valuable to you. AARP’s endorsement of products or plans from a particular provider does not mean that the products or plans are the right choice for every AARP member, so we do encourage our members to shop and select the products and pricing which best suit their needs. While competitive pricing is a major concern in offering products to our members; value, service and availability are equally important in the development of our programs. I hope this helps clarify.

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Hi @ddsbolinka, here to help clarify. With Avis and Budget, AARP Members save up to 30% off base rates (for Avis & Budget), plus get an upgrade on compact through full-size car class bookings based on availability, an additional driver at no cost, and more. The AARP discount for Avis and Budget are indeed discounted as advertised above and on the AARP website. However we cannot, unfortunately, guarantee that rates in our programs will always be the lowest in every possible situation or compared to every other company. This means that while you may find a lower cost with another company, you will always get the lower cost and extra benefits included with the AARP provider program. You are strongly encouraged to evaluate and determine based upon your own needs and circumstances, whether a particular product is valuable to you. AARP’s endorsement of products or plans from a particular provider does not mean that the products or plans are the right choice for every AARP member, so we do encourage our members to shop and select the products and pricing which best suit their needs. While competitive pricing is a major concern in offering products to our members; value, service and availability are equally important in the development of our programs. I hope this helps clarify.

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I've been looking for a rental car in Las Vegas and AARP discount is at least $100 more than going through other sites (some up to $400 more) . Also a couple of the locations are permanently closed. 

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