Like it or not, it's nearly impossible to avoid travel when you're in college counseling. You could be a high school counselor visiting colleges. Or, a college rep visiting high schools. We're all on the road at one point or the other. That's why it's important to make every dollar go a long way - even if you're getting reimbursed by your school.
Having rented over 100+ cars in the last few years, I've learned a lot about how the industry works. Using these tips, I have literally saved thousands of dollars on my professional and personal travel. Plus, these are super helpful for your own travel!
The Best Sites
#1 - AutoSlash @ https://www.autoslash.com/
This is not the most well known site, but AutoSlash gives me the lowest rates most of the time when I do cross-site searching. The way it works is that you put your request in, and you get an email a few minutes with the best prices AutoSlash can find/negotiate. Surprisingly easy and stress-free.
#2 - Costco Travel @ https://www.costcotravel.com/
What can't Costco do? Their rates on rental cars are consistently low and fair.
Other Good Sites
Two other sites - Hotwire and Priceline @ https://hotwire.com & https://priceline.com
I rarely see cheapest prices on Hotwire and Priceline, but I still search on these sites to find the "price to beat".
1. Make sure you search more than one site - I never book without searching across 2-3 sites to make sure I got the best deal.
2. Use a credit card that has primary collision damage waiver insurance...and at the least, secondary.
3. If you are a member of a loyalty program or have a credit card that gives you status, it can be worth going directly to the car rental company's individual site. This way you are guaranteed to get credit to your rewards program, and the prices are usually the same (unless it's a negotiated or opaque site, like AutoSlash or Hotwire).