Budget Rent a Car is an American car rental company headquartered out of Parsippany, New Jersey. They are the child company of Avis Budget Group which also owns Avis Car Rental, Budget Truck Rental, Payless Car Rental, Apex Car Rentals, Maggiore Group, and Zipcar. Budget has more than 2,700 locations worldwide.
The Budget Car Rental Rewards program does not offer rewards points. Instead, you'll be able to earn airline miles, hotel rewards points, and more when booking rentals through their Budget Fastbreak program.
When you sign up for a free Budget Rewards account, you'll become a Budget Fastbreak member. This gives you the ability to start earning rewards with other loyalty programs as well as several other benefits.
Skip The Line
Budget Fastbreak members will be able to skip the line when renting cars with Budget. When picking up their rental, members can simply flash their valid license, pick up the keys, and be on their way. Members who set up their Budget profile for Fastbreak Return and e-Receipt will experience the same speed when dropping off their rental. Fastbreak gives you a special place to return your rental and you'll get your receipt emailed to you allowing you to get on with your day.
As a Budget Fastbreak member, you'll be able to earn Budget Bucks. Budget Bucks are redeemable coupons that can be used towards rentals with Budget. These offered during the year via deals and special promotions.
Earning Budget Bucks
From now until December 31st, you can earn $25 in Budget Bucks when you complete two qualifying rentals. In order to start earning, you'll want to make sure that you sign up for the promotion if you're already a Budget Fastbreak member. You can earn up to 52 coupons per year which is over $1,000 in rental discounts which is great if you rent with Budget often.
Redeeming Budget Bucks
When redeeming your Budget Bucks towards Budget rentals you can only use one coupon per rental. They also expire after a period of time so you'll want to use these as you earn them. Do note that Budget Bucks used towards your rental do not qualify as a rental to earn more Budget Bucks.
Budget Partner Reward Program
Budget Fastbreak members will be able to earn airline miles or hotel points through the Partner Rewards Program. You can set this up by logging into your account, going to 'My Profile', and clicking on 'Rewards'. You'll then find the option to set up the Partner Rewards Program for your account.
You'll want to make sure that you have your membership number with the airline or hotel program you'll be earning rewards with. Also note that some of the programs that you can choose from in their list may no longer exist.
Note: When booking rentals in the United States, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Canada, a frequent flyer tax will apply when you choose to receive frequent flyer miles from the following airline and hotel programs:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Best Western
- Choice Hotels
- Copa Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Hyatt Hotels
- JetBlue Airways
- Radisson Hotels
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
This will usually be a surcharge of around USD $0.75 per day. So you'll want to take this into account when trying to earn rewards with the programs listed above since it may not be worth it depending on how many points or miles you're earning. It may be better to earn Amazon.com gift cards on your rentals rather than paying this fee for the listed airlines.
Budget Airline Partners
You can earn airline miles with the following airline partners when renting with Budget using the Budget Partner Rewards Program:
- Air Asia
- Air Baltic
- Air Berlin
- Air France
- Air Miles
- Air New Zealand
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Asia Miles
- Avianca-Taca LifeMiles
- British Airways
- Boomerang Club
- British Midland (DC)
- Cops ConnectMiles
- Czech Airlines
- El Al Airline
- Etihad Airways
- Frontier Miles
- Flybuys (Australia Only)
- Gulf Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Iberia Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Kuwait Airways
- Miles and More
- Qantas Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- SAS Euro Bonus
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- South Africa Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Thai Airlines
- Turkish Airline
- Ukraine Intl
- Virgin Atlantic
Budget Hotel Partners
You can earn hotel rewards points with the following hotel partners when renting with Budget using the Budget Partner Rewards Program:
Budget & Amazon Partnership
Budget and Amazon are partnered together to bring you great savings when renting cars. When you link your Amazon and Budget profile, you'll be able to save up to 30% on base rates when renting cars with Budget and you'll get 10% of your money back in the form of an Amazon.com gift card.
Do note that you will not be able to earn rewards with both Amazon.com and Budget Partner Rewards partners since the Budget Customer Discount (BCD) code for Amazon will be active.
This means you'll want to decide on whether you earn airline miles and hotel rewards points or Amazon.com gift cards. If at anytime you want to go back to earning airline and hotel rewards, you'll need to unlink your Amazon.com account.
You can unlink your Amazon account from your Budget Fastbreak account by going to 'Preferences' under 'My Account' and clicking 'Edit' under the Travel Preferences section.
A Budget RapidRez number speeds you through reservations and rentals to give you less time at the counter. It allows you to automatically apply your personal data and discount information to your reservation, save your vehicle preferences, and update information online. RapidRez does not automatically come with Fastbreak. You can sign up for RapidRez on the Budget website.
If you don't want to participate in Budget Fastbreak, but still want your information to automatically be populated when renting a car and speed up the process at the counter, Budget RapidRez will be your go to. Do note that you can add Fastbreak to your RapidRez account down the line if you change your mind.
Other Budget Services
Budget offers more than just car rentals for your personal everyday travel. They also offer business car rentals, truck rentals and long term rentals.
Budget Business Car Rentals
Business rentals with Budget has some good benefits. When you sign up for the Budget Business Program, you will be given a Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number. You will share this number with everyone that travels within your company for them to use when renting cars. Benefits of the Budget Business Program includes up to 30% off base rates, $3 in reward credit for every qualifying rental, access to the Budget Business Program member-only website, and complimentary Fastbreak membership to allow them to skip the counter at pickup.
Budget Truck Rentals
Budget allows you to rent trucks through budgettruck.com. This includes cargo vans up to a 26' Large Truck. You can also rent equipment such as a car carrier or tow dolly so that you can move your vehicle(s) from point A to point B as well.
Budget Long Term Rentals
Budget has an excellent long term rental program and offers some great savings. The longer the rental, the more you can save. Budget allows you to rent a car for up to 11 months at a time and also allows you to book a long term one-way rental as well. They also provide discounted loss damage waiver rates and allow you to swap vehicles.
Budget Car Rental Insurance
When booking rentals with Budget, you'll want to use a credit card that offers Primary Rental Insurance. This allows you to waive the expensive per-day coverage that rental car agencies charge you.
When you use a credit card that offers Primary Rental Insurance, the car is covered in the case that it gets damaged. Depending on how often you rent vehicles, this benefit alone can save you hundreds of dollars per year.
Budget + Cash Back Portals
Cash back portals allow you to earn cash back on top of the rewards you would normally earn when shopping online. With Budget, you'll be able to easily triple dip by earning:
- Rewards though the Budget Partner Rewards Program or with Amazon.com
- Cash back through the portal of your choosing
- Rewards with the credit card you use to pay for your rental
Here's how cash back portals work:
- Start at the cash back portal's website and search for Budget
- Once you find Budget, click Shop Now to start a new session
- You'll be dropped off on budget.com to book your rental as normal
- Once you book and complete your rental reservation, the cash back portal will be notified
- Cash back will be credited to your account
I highly recommend using cash back or shopping portals whenever you can as they're free to use and you can easily earn hundreds of dollars over the course of the year.
If you don't have an account with any of the leading cash back portals, you can help out the site and earn bonus cash back on your first purchases by signing up using the links below.
What is Budget Fastbreak?
Budget Fastbreak is the main part of the Budget Rewards Program. It allows you to earn rewards booking with Budget and skip the line when picking up your rentals.
What is Budget RapidRez?
Budget RapidRez speeds you through reservations and gives you less time at the counter. RapidRez is separate from Fastbreak and does not offer benefits outside of faster service.
What are Budget Bucks?
Budget Bucks are redeemable coupons that can be used towards rentals with Budget. These are earned through promotions with Budget.
Can I earn airline miles or hotel points renting with Budget?
Yes. You can earn airline miles with more than 40 programs and a handful of hotel rewards programs. This is done by selecting which program you want to earn rewards with under your account preferences.
What is the Budget Amazon partnership?
Instead of earning airline miles or hotel points, you can earn Amazon gift cards on your Budget rentals. You'll get 10% of your rental cost back in the form of an Amazon.com gift card.
Can you earn airline/hotel rewards and Amazon.com gift cards at the same time?
No. You'll have to choose whether or not you want to earn airline miles, hotel points, or Amazon.com gift cards.
How much is Budget's car rental insurance?
It depends on the type of vehicle you're renting. You can avoid Budget's insurance by using credit cards that offer Primary Rental Insurance.