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How to create your own coupon collections

Thursday, February 09, 2017

You may have come across a number of coupon collections on Zalyn, most of which are organized by
  1. Car rental company, e.g. Enterprise car rental coupons
  2. Membership or Affiliation, e.g. Costco car rental coupons
  3. Vehicle, e.g. Minivan car rental coupons
  4. Rental type, e.g. Weekend car rental coupons or One-way car rental coupons
Up until now, there was no way for you to create and use your own custom coupon collections and we're changing it with the introduction of our newest feature - User Collections.

Why do we need User Collections?

Lets say you work at IBM and travel for business as well as leisure. IBM has negotiated special rates with multiple car rental companies for employees on official business. In addition,  the rental car companies also offer exclusive discounts to IBM employees on leisure trips.

When you're going on a business trip, you're required to use one of the Business Travel discount code on your reservation, since it offers pre-negotiated discounted rates as well as other perks (such as insurance). However, you may have the flexibility to choose which company you want to rent with. By creating a collection of Business Travel discount codes, you can easily compare official discounted rates across rental agencies to see which one works best for you. Here, you're only searching based on coupons in your Business Travel collection.

On the other hand, when you're headed for a vacation, you would like to compare discounted rates based on your IBM leisure discount codes, in addition to other discounts you qualify for (e.g. publicly available coupons, your AAA discount, etc) to see which one works best. This can be done easily by adding your IBM leisure discount codes to your Default Collection, which is included in all of your standard searches.

User Collections can also be an effective way for you to share your list of recommended coupons with others who can benefit from it.

How to add a Coupon to a Collection?

Find the coupon and click the Add to Collection button (highlighted in red). You'll see a popup with all your current collections, including the ones that already have this coupon.

Here you can,
  1. Add coupon to an existing collection by checking the box next to the collection name. 
  2. Remove coupon from an existing collection by unchecking the box. 
  3. Create new collection & add coupon to it, by typing in a collection name and hitting the ADD button.

Where do I find all my collections?

Go to your profile and click on the Collections tab. Click the collection name to see all of the coupons that are included in the collection.

What if the coupon is not on Zalyn?

If the coupon is not currently on Zalyn, you can submit the coupon & it'll be added to your default collection. Go to your profile & look for the coupon you just added. You'll find it under the Coupons tab on your profile. You can also find it in your default collection on your Collections tab.

Once you've located the coupon, you can easily add it to a collection in the same way as described above.

How do I update my collection?

Go to the collection page and look for the EDIT button at the top. Hit the button to update the collection name and description. You can also set the collection as your default collection by clicking the star icon button. If you no longer want this collection, you can remove it by clicking the trash icon button.

How to search using collections?

You can use collections in two ways:

1. To augment coupons included in your standard search

Whenever you search for rental cars on Zalyn, we include the following coupons
By adding coupons to your default collection, you can include coupons that Zalyn is either unable to verify (e.g. your employer discount) or doesn't currently support (e.g. Zipcar member discounts). These coupons will show up in your search results along with other relevant coupons. 

2. To limit your search only to coupons in the collection

Go to the collection page you're interested in. You'll notice that the search form at the top of the page includes Search Options, which indicates that your search will only include coupons in this collection. Now simply enter your rental details and hit the search button. Once the search is complete, you'll be taken to the search results page where you can use and compare the coupons as your normally do.

What do you think of this new feature? Go on and create collections that others would find useful. We would love to see what you come up with.

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