In this hobby where everyone is keen to unearth the hidden fare, discounts and promotions,  its easy to lose sight of the low hanging fruit. Many loyalty programs promote car rental discount codes and bonuses from partners, which allow members to save money and earn points at the same time.

Discount codes and bonus miles for car rentals

Here are some currently on offer:

Loyalty Program (airline) Rental Company Offer (click for details) Discount Codes Valid Until
Aeroplan (Air Canada) Hertz 35% off + 3000 miles on rental of 3 days or more CDP 221417, PC 107940 31-Aug-16
Hertz 35% off + 500 miles on rental of 1-2 days CDP 221417, PC 107940 31-Aug-16
Hertz 35% off + 3500 miles on weekly rentals CDP 221417, PC 107940 31-Aug-16
Hertz 35% off + 5000 miles on monthly rentals CDP 221417, PC 107940 31-Aug-16
Avis 25% off + upto 1500 miles on rental of 3 days or more AWD C682369 31-Dec-16
Avis Up to 1750 miles for Avis Signature series rental MCAA001 31-Dec-16
Mileage Plan (Alaska) Hertz Upto 35% off + 4x miles CDP #321739, PC #180143 30-Sep-16
Budget Upto 30% off + 3X miles coupon # MUAZ024, BCD # U072203 31-Dec-16
Aadvantage (American) Avis Upto 30% off + 500 miles on 3+ day rental coupon # MUAA062, AWD # K817165 31-Jul-16
Budget Upto 30% off + 500 miles on 3+ day rental BCD # U072411, coupon # MUAZ056 31-Jul-16

I recently used two of these promotions at Hertz (through Aeroplan) in San Diego and netted 4500 Aeroplan points along with the 35% discount on fares. I value 4500 AP points at ~$85 CAD using valuations as posted here.

4500 AP points for Hertz Car Rental in SAN

4500 AP points for Hertz Car Rental in SAN

Take Away

Take note of the expiry dates on the promotions, some expire end of July while others last until Dec 31st. These discount codes are easily accessible online though loyalty program accounts and are available to everyone regardless of their status within that program. Using these promotions is also a good way to keep an account active or top up account balance.