Booking Strategy Road Trip

Rent a Car, Get an Amazon Gift Card

You order everything else on Amazon, so why not add a rental car into your shopping cart? If you use your Amazon log-in to rent a car with Avis, you’ll save up to 30 percent off of base rates, plus get up to 20 percent of the rental price back in the form of an Amazon gift card.

If you book the car through Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, you’ll get 20 percent back (available later this month), or get 10 percent back if you book without using Alexa (available now). The gift card will be emailed to you within 48 hours of completing your rental. To reserve a car through Alexa, you’ll need to enable the Avis for Alexa skill on your Alexa device, and then simply say: “I need a car at Boston Airport at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.”

You don’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of this offer–you simply need to have an Amazon account.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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