Lowest Car Rental Prices with Capital One Travelocity
When I wrote about how to get a free honeymoon convertible car rental, I mentioned using Costco Travel to search for a cheap car rental since I’ve been using that for years, and it consistently gave some of the lowest prices. A couple years ago, however, I learned that the Capital One Travelocity portal may offer even lower prices than Costco Travel thanks to this investigation by Rapid Travel Chai.
The only issue is you need a Capital One miles rewards credit card to access this special Travelocity search engine, and I only had a Capital One cash back credit card. Recently, however, I opened the Capital One Venture credit card during a promotion where I would receive 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500 towards travel charges) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. After personally testing the Capital One Travelocity portal, I can say that it does in fact offer some of the lowest car rental prices available.
Capital One Travelocity
To access the Capital One Travelocity portal, simply go redeem your rewards for “New Travel: Powered by Travelocity.” You will be directed to a search page where you can search for flights, hotels, and car rentals similar to what you would find at Travelocity.
For some reason, however, this special Capital One Travelocity portal offers ridiculously low prices on car rentals. As an example, I searched for several one-day weekend car rentals in Manhattan, and the results were often $39.43 all in! For those not familiar, that is an insanely low price that even my previous company’s corporate rate could not beat. I did another search for a four-day car rental in April at CLT (Charlotte Douglas International Airport), and the Capital One Travelocity portal offered the lowest prices again.
Although you have to go under redeem rewards to access this booking engine, you don’t actually need to make a rewards redemption to book the car. As you can see from the picture below, I only have 53 miles in my account. I don’t have enough miles to redeem for the car rental, but I can pay for the car rental directly with any credit card, even a non-Capital One credit card. What this means is you can charge the car rental to the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeem part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus to get the car rental for free.
One negative aspect of using the Capital One Travelocity search engine for car rentals is that you have to pay for the car rental at the time of booking. You are allowed to make only one change or cancellation per booking, and you do have to call, which is slightly annoying. In contrast, Costco Travel lets you reserve a car and lock in a price without even providing a credit card number.
The Main Point
The Capital One Travelocity portal doesn’t provide the lowest car rental prices 100% of the time but more often that not, you can count on it to offer the lowest price for your needs. All you need to access this booking engine is a Capital One miles rewards credit card, and I recommend opening the Capital One Venture credit card when a good signup bonus rolls around. The card is similar to the Barclays Arrival in that it offers 2 miles per $ spent on everything, and you can use these miles to redeem for any travel charges. Having said that, the Barclays Arrival credit card is still better since it gives a 10% rebate on any redeemed miles essentially giving you 2.2 miles per $ spent on everything.
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