While I don’t rent cars all that often (because usually I find it’s easier to just Uber), when I do rent cars in the US, it’s through Silvercar. They’re typically a bit more expensive than the “big guys,” but renting with them is a joy.
They have an all Audi fleet, excellent customer service, and use technology well to make the rental experience better.
One of the things that takes the sting out of Silvercar’s higher prices is that it has been possible to get a discount with a Visa Infinite Card, the most popular of which is the the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card.
When using promotion code VINFINITE, you could receive 30% off rentals of two or more days, which is significant. I’ve used this benefit just about every time I’ve rented from Silvercar.
Unfortunately it appears that this promotion code has expired as of November 8, though the good news is that there’s a new promotion code. This benefit has changed, and it’s not all bad news.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve now offers 20% off Silvercar rentals, though there’s no longer a minimum rental period. So you can receive 20% off on a one day rental, while previously you wouldn’t get any discount on a one day rental.
The new promotion code is VISAINF20.
Also keep in mind that this is stackable with Silvercar’s generous referral program, where you can get $25 in cash after your first rental if you’re referred by an existing customer. If you enter my code, BSCHLAPPIG, at the time you sign-up for Silvercar, you’ll get that after your first rental (and I’ll get the same).
Just go to the top right of silvercar.com and click on “sign-up,” and then enter your email address and password. Once your email address has been verified you can log-in and enter the above referral code.
On balance I’d say this is probably a slightly negative change, since all of my Silvercar rentals have been more than one day. However, for those who make one day Silvercar rentals with any frequency, this is a positive development.
(Tip of the hat to @OHTravelDad)