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Budget brings back the Wendie Deal for Weekend Rentals

Monday, August 12, 2013

This must be the perfect time to announce Fall and Winter deals on weekend car rentals. Last week, Enterprise announced the return of their popular $9.99 Weekend Deal and today Budget is stepping it up with the return of its own special offer for weekend rentals. While it may seem hard to beat a $9.99 per day deal, the Enterprise deal has a few shortcomings (not valid at airports, 100 mile per day limit).

So, What's the Deal?

Also known as the Wendie deal (thanks to Budget spokesperson Wendie Malick who features in the commercials), Budget is offering
  1. Economy or Compact car for $17 per weekend day or $119 per week
  2. Intermediate SUV for $22 per weekend day or $139 per week
The deal is valid at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. from August 15, 2013 through December 15, 2013. Weekend rental period begins Thursday at noon and car must be returned by Monday 11:59 p.m. Thursday and Friday checkouts require a Friday night overstay.

What's the Catch?

There's always a catch - usually a number of them
  1. Unlike the Enterprise weekend deal which is valid only in neighborhood locations, this deal is valid only at airport locations. So, if you're thinking of picking up a car at the Budget location around the block this weekend, this deal is not for you. 
  2. Rental cars at airport locations tend to have higher taxes than similarly priced rentals at neighborhood locations.
  3. The deal is only valid at participating locations and specifically exclude New York and Hawaii. You were expecting that, weren't you?


Sure, this sounds like a pretty good deal, but it may not work for everyone for a variety of reasons, including the ubiquitous mention of participating locations in the fine-print. Luckily, most major rental car companies offer a variety of Weekend deals
  • Special weekend rates like the Enterprise $9.99 weekend deal
  • Free Weekend rental day offer by Avis, Budget and National
  • $10 - $20 off coupon for weekend rentals. The best part is that the coupon can be combined with a contract code (AWD, BCD, CDP) to double up on discount and save even more!

Deal or Dud?

A pretty good deal that has been around for a few years now (excluding the summer months) that has the potential to save you a lot of money on your next weekend rental. This is a pretty good DEAL.

Please note that most of us have different car rental requirements - location, date, time, vehicle, etc. As a result, we see different standard and discounted rates. Just because a promotion works well (or doesn't) for one person doesn't necessarily imply the same result for everyone else. The only way to find the best deal for your unique requirements is to try em' out for yourself.

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