Alright, so I am trying a few more of the discounts. Let’s see how they do with rental cars. I need a rental car for about a week when I go to my daughter’s graduation from Johns-Hopkins in May. I need full week because I’ve got to help her buy a car and move to her new job location. What can I say, I try to be a good Dad.
So I normally check on Travelocity to find the rates for all the car companies and then go to individual sites to shop with discount codes. I got rates for Alamo, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, and Hertz and then applied the Veterans’ Advantage discount at each of their websites to compare. Here are the results:
Company Traveocity Veterans Advantage
Alamo $376 $403
Dollar $205 $195
Thrifty $205 $222
Enterprise $214 Couldn’t make it work
Hertz $440 $344
I tried the Enterprise site, but it wanted a corporate code in addition to the published discount code. I probably could have called the Veterans Advantage number for help, but decided to skip it in this case. Too bad as I expected a good military discount since Enterprise was founded by a carrier pilot – hence the name!
So the only result that was less was Dollar, but that was good enough for me. I saved $10. That almost pays for the gas I use to get to the gas station to fill up the car.
Here are some other discounts advertised that I have not taken advantage of:
Verizon – 15% discount on your monthly bill if you have a plan costing $35+ with a data plan of $25+. Pretty good since that is a savings for every month. Unfortunately, I’ve got AT&T, but let me know if any of you take advantage of this one.
Wendy’s – Dave Thomas (Wendy’s founder) was an Army cook who made the rank of Staff Sergeant. They have a special program that you sign up for and then they e-mail you discounts for different things and for special holidays like Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. Probably a good deal for a lot of people, but it wouldn’t help my waistline to go there too often!
I’ll keep working it and let you know what else I find out. Savings to date: $48