Sheesh. The pricing methods on car rentals are even worse than airline
tickets. I always find this stuff facinating though – I wonder what are
the formulas behind this?
We’re going to rent a car for eight days when we visit my sister-in-law
(near Seattle) in a few weeks. I have two coupons for National car rental,
one for $15 off and one for 15% off.
I go to nationalcar.com and plug in all the info, first without any
coupon, to see what the regular rate is.
Then I go back and use the $15 coupon.
- The rate I am quoted (before discounts) is $20 lower than without
- I get the $15 discount
- I get an additional $23 discount – no explanation
The rate is still over $100 so 15% should be better than $15, right? I go
back and use the 15% coupon.
- The rate I am quoted (before discounts) is $50 higher than with the
- I get the 15% discount
- no other discount So it costs way more with the bigger “discount”
When I booked the next day with the $15 discount, it cost $4 more than it
did the previous day.