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My AMEX Platinum Saved Me $200 On A Rental Car

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I lucked into a 50% savings on my Hertz rental last week. Normally I use Autoslash to find the best car rental prices and I use my Chase Sapphire for payment (so I get 2x points + primary protection). But since I needed a car for a week, I decided to price the latest airline mileage bonus offers to see if that was a better option.

It wasn’t, but it turned out the American Express Platinum card I had in my profile was. Renting a car for a week in Oregon was pricing out at $400+, but the American Express Platinum discount automatically lowered it to $208.

Sample dates before the AMEX Platinum discount:

Price before the AMEX Plat discount

With the AMEX Platinum Discount Applied

Price with the AMEX Plat discount

Out of curiosity I tried several other dates and locations. Not all resulted in such a significant savings, but often enough it’s worth checking. If you have an AMEX Platinum, be sure to enter CDP 211762 on future searches!

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    December 1, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I believe it’s secondary coverage unless you pay for the premium protection.

  2. jediwho

    December 1, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Amex does not offer Primary coverage on any of its cards (not sure about Centurion). You can definitely buy coverage for $17 or $20 per rental period and is not dependent on whether you have Platinum or SPG of a no fee card.

  3. Keri Anderson

    December 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Ya’ll are right! Thanks for the catch.

  4. Henry

    December 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Great tip on Platinum AMEX. Also a big fan of Autoslash, so after some research it might be best to start with Platinum Amex and then send the reservation over to Autoslash.

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