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Jackal has been hard at work on an analysis of the frequent renter programs all the major rental companies. So far we've got Dollar Express, Thrifty Blue Chip, and Enterprise Plus posted to the site. National Emerald and Hertz #1 Club will be coming very shortly.

Check them all out and see what you think. We don't have the ability for people to comment on our site yet, so we'd love to get feedback here, especially from those of you who have lots of experience with the various programs.

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Posted : February 20, 2011 1:46 pm
sobore
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AutoSlash, post: 93994 wrote: Jackal has been hard at work on an analysis of the frequent renter programs all the major rental companies. So far we've got Dollar Express, Thrifty Blue Chip, and Enterprise Plus posted to the site. National Emerald and Hertz #1 Club will be coming very shortly.

Check them all out and see what you think. We don't have the ability for people to comment on our site yet, so we'd love to get feedback here, especially from those of you who have lots of experience with the various programs.

AutoSlash.com
We automatically slash your rental rates!

Will do thanks!

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Posted : February 20, 2011 1:51 pm
Sweet Willie
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AutoSlash, post: 93994 wrote: Jackal has been hard at work....

he's an ok guy:D;)

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Posted : April 14, 2011 2:14 am
gleff
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Please let us know when additional writeups are posted!

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Posted : April 14, 2011 10:37 am
Bob Smolinsky
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What the he11 is a Z Representative?

Skywards Gold, OK+ Gold, FB Silver, Hertz 5*, Hilton Gold, PC Plat Amb, and some others 😉
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Posted : April 14, 2011 1:06 pm
jackal
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gleff, post: 331902 wrote: Please let us know when additional writeups are posted!

Oops, sorry! A couple more have been posted, and the last couple are in the pipe...

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Posted : April 24, 2011 4:13 am
2soonold
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waiting ...

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Posted : May 11, 2011 12:51 am
KyRoamer
(@kyroamer)

Looks nice, but how do you make money? It is going to take a lot of volume and expensive servers and custom software to make this work. I would not mind paying a low booking fee just to have your tracking service watch for lower rates.

You spend hours to find the best rate, great a fun game. But then you rarely look back and rates are almost as irrational as airfares.

Good luck.

Have a great day. 🙂

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Posted : June 3, 2011 11:26 pm
AutoSlash
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KyRoamer, post: 514107 wrote: Looks nice, but how do you make money? It is going to take a lot of volume and expensive servers and custom software to make this work. I would not mind paying a low booking fee just to have your tracking service watch for lower rates.

You spend hours to find the best rate, great a fun game. But then you rarely look back and rates are almost as irrational as airfares.

Good luck.

We actually make a small commission on each booking made through our site. Our volumes are quite good now thanks to the positive press and superb word of mouth we get from our customers who are saving a ton. We have toyed with the idea of a booking fee, and while we won't rule it out completely forever, we're committed to a free model for the time being.

The great thing about the cloud computing revolution is that you don't need physical servers anymore. The entire company runs on a combination of virtual servers hosted by Amazon (EC2) and on hardware provided by our booking partner which costs us nothing. I can tell you that our monthly hosting bill is in the hundreds--not thousands of dollars, and we've never shelled out even a dime for hardware.

Analyzing each rental for savings and tracking the rate multiple times a day is done by proprietary systems that we've developed over time and we pretty much have it down to a science now. It took a lot of hard work to get to the point we're at now, but there are definitely economies of scale once you get it right.

Agree completely that rates can be somewhat irrational. That's actually what makes a service like AutoSlash so compelling. Let's say you book at $350 today for a rental next month. Two weeks go by and the rate basically remains unchanged. Then all of a sudden, the rate drops to $225 for two days and then jumps up to $400 after that. Believe it or not, the scenario I just outlined happens all the time. Someone who is booked with another site is probably going to be paying $350 unless they're diligent enough to check rates every day. Someone booked with AutoSlash is going to be paying $225 since they were re-booked at the lower rate the minute we found it.

AutoSlash.com -- We automatically slash your rental rates!
Automatically apply the best discounts, track your car rental rates, and rebook when they drop!
See how our pricing monkeys continually slash your rates! -- AutoSlash on ConcourseZ

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Posted : June 4, 2011 2:03 am
gleff
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AutoSlash, post: 514173 wrote: Someone booked with AutoSlash is going to be paying $225 since they were re-booked at the lower rate the minute we found it.

(Emphasis mine.)

Someone asked me a question the other day that I didn't know the answer to.

When we get an email asking us to confirm whether we'd like you to make a change, e.g. a cheaper rate with another provider, do you actually make a reservation for us to lock in that rate before we say yes? (And then only cancel existing one once we confirm.) Or do you wait to book it until you hear from us? In the latter case I could imagine a rate you found being gone by the time we got your email and replied. So guessed y'all had to make a reservation immiedately on the chance we'd want it. But could be wrong, didn't know, and was curious. 🙂

Thanks for all you do!

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Posted : June 4, 2011 12:19 pm
AutoSlash
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gleff, post: 514381 wrote: When we get an email asking us to confirm whether we'd like you to make a change, e.g. a cheaper rate with another provider, do you actually make a reservation for us to lock in that rate before we say yes?

Good question gleff. If we offer a better rate with a different company, we don't re-book until we receive confirmation from the customer. In better than 95% of the cases, rates have not moved by the time the customer responds, but there are a small percentage of cases where rates have gone up, and we have to explain to the customer that rates fluctuate often and are not guaranteed until booked.

At some point we may put a disclaimer in the offer email, but so far, people have been understanding when this happens, and often if there is still some time before their pickup date, we can catch another drop down the road.

We're happy to be of service!

AutoSlash.com -- We automatically slash your rental rates!
Automatically apply the best discounts, track your car rental rates, and rebook when they drop!
See how our pricing monkeys continually slash your rates! -- AutoSlash on ConcourseZ

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Posted : June 4, 2011 1:12 pm
HaveMilesWillTravel
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Hmmm, this discussion has gone quite off-topic ... and yet it's been useful 🙂

I thought of AutoSlash as a way to find a cheaper rental, but whenever I tried it, I never found a rate that was better than what Hertz (my standard go-to) and Travelocity/Orbitz/Expedia were offering, ie, I never came across "secret" discounts. Not sure if that was my bad luck or not. But what I learned here in this thread -- that AutoSlash continues to monitor and then rebooks -- is actually something that I have been doing manually so far. So I guess it's Yapta-for-cars with rebooking feature. Nice!

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Posted : June 4, 2011 8:20 pm
KyRoamer
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HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 514779 wrote: Nice!

I agree with nice. Problem as you point out is that it isn't always cheaper.

Suggestion: Since you are not always cheaper, let me book elsewhere and register price with you giving companies acceptable to me and a minimum rate at which you could rebook me. I'd be responsible to cancel original reservation and if there is a cancellation deadline would limit your shopping period.

Then people like me who do there on shopping, but not monitoring, would have you there for them.

Have a great day. 🙂

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Posted : June 4, 2011 8:58 pm
AutoSlash
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Hmmm, this discussion has gone quite off-topic ... and yet it's been useful 🙂

I thought of AutoSlash as a way to find a cheaper rental, but whenever I tried it, I never found a rate that was better than what Hertz (my standard go-to) and Travelocity/Orbitz/Expedia were offering, ie, I never came across "secret" discounts.

Yes, we have gotten a bit off topic. I think this thread may help clarify things for you. Here's a quick snippet from that thread:

The rates we initially show are no better than what you can get elsewhere. The savings come *after* you book.

Once the rental is booked, we go to work to analyze which coupons/discounts will yield the lowest possible rate. Most of our customers receive an email within a few hours of booking that looks like this. Likewise, we keep price checking that rental against all available discounts multiple times a day, so you may receive multiple price drop emails between the time you book and the time you pickup the rental.

AutoSlash.com -- We automatically slash your rental rates!
Automatically apply the best discounts, track your car rental rates, and rebook when they drop!
See how our pricing monkeys continually slash your rates! -- AutoSlash on ConcourseZ

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Posted : June 4, 2011 8:58 pm
AutoSlash
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KyRoamer, post: 514825 wrote: Suggestion: Since you are not always cheaper, let me book elsewhere and register price with you giving companies acceptable to me and a minimum rate at which you could rebook me. I'd be responsible to cancel original reservation and if there is a cancellation deadline would limit your shopping period

We basically offer this now. See our homepage and look for the tab labeled "Track a rental you'd booked elsewhere". In all honesty we're still working the kinks out of this service, and our main priority for obvious reasons is to service the reservations booked directly with us, but we we will track non-AutoSlash reservations and companies that can't even currently be booked with us.

AutoSlash.com -- We automatically slash your rental rates!
Automatically apply the best discounts, track your car rental rates, and rebook when they drop!
See how our pricing monkeys continually slash your rates! -- AutoSlash on ConcourseZ

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Posted : June 4, 2011 9:04 pm
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