If you consider the weather conditions in most of the country right now, you probably wouldn’t say that spring has quite sprung yet, but according to the calendar, it’s just one month away. And with that, some car rental companies traditionally offer deals on one-way car rentals as a way to move their inventory out of certain states, since there aren’t as many summertime car rentals in some parts of the country as there are in the winter. This year is no exception and here are the deals the major car rental companies are offering for you to help them move their fleet.
Alamo’s “Florida Drive-Out” promo is valid on economy through full-size car classes (but keep in mind that not all vehicles are available at all locations). Rates start at $24.95/day for economy through full-size cars, $29.95/day for intermediate SUVs, and $34.95/day for standard SUVs and minivans.
Their offer is valid from April 1st through May 31, 2019 and is only good on one-way rentals. The car must be picked up at a participating location in Florida (specifically in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Naples, Punta Gorda, Orlando, Disney Hotels, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Sanford, Tampa, Clearwater, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm, Key West and Boca Raton) and returned at a participating location outside the Sunshine State. Rentals must be between one and fourteen days long.
Go to this page of Alamo’s website for more information, including Terms & Conditions.
Enterprise is also offering one-way car rentals out of Florida for as low as $24.95/day (excluding taxes, fees and surcharges). From their website:
- Offer valid for one-way rentals picked up at participating Florida locations and returned to a participating Enterprise location in the Continental US outside of the state of Florida.
- Offer valid for reservations picked up between April 1–May 31, 2019 from the following participating Florida locations: Fort Myers, Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Orlando, Disney Hotels, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Sanford, Tampa, Clearwater, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm.
- Offer rate as low as $24.95 base rate per day applies to an Economy through Full Size vehicle, as low as $29.95 base rate per day applies to Intermediate SUVs and $34.95 base rate per day applies to Standard SUVs and Minivans.
- Base rate excludes taxes, fees and surcharges.
Besides offering deals out of Florida, Enterprise is also offering deals out of Arizona for as low as $29.99 base rate per day (before taxes, fees and surcharges because of course).
Here’s more info from their website:
- Offer valid for one-way rentals picked up at participating Arizona locations and returned to a participating Enterprise location in the Continental US outside of the state of Arizona.
- Offer valid for reservations picked up between April 1–May 31, 2019 from the following participating Arizona locations: Phoenix, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Prescott, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Casa Grande and Tucson.
- Offer rate as low as $29.99 base rate per day applies to an Economy through Full Size vehicle and Intermediate SUV, as low as $34.95 base rate per day applies to Minivans and $39.95 base rate per day applies to Standard SUVs.
- Base rate excludes taxes, fees and surcharges.
Our take on these deals
We’ve followed this “car migration” in both directions for a couple of seasons now and have noticed that prices have gone up significantly! In fact, just a year ago, Alamo and Enterprise offered the same deal for just $9.99 per day! A 150% price increase should never be considered a “deal” but then again, when subcompact cars are sometimes renting for upwards of $50 per day depending on location, I guess it indeed still is a good deal.
If you decide to rent a car one-way from Arizona or Florida, make sure:
- you understand the types of insurance they will offer you
- you know what your responsibility will be for tolls before you start on your road trip (and don’t forget that E-ZPass can be used on some Central FL roadways now)
- This website helps you learn what interesting things are on/near your route while on a road trip.
- There are plenty of websites, apps, and even a book that can tell you what’s coming up at the next exit during your drive, so you’ll know about hotels, restaurants, bathrooms, campground, etc. They’re all listed here.
*** Feature photo via Alamo.com
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