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Bring Your Sirius XM Subscription Into Your Rental Car

by joeheg

We’ve had Sirius and/or XM Radio subscriptions in our cars for over a decade. Needless to say, when we’re renting a car for a road trip, we want to bring our radio stations with us. That usually meant searching through all the cars in the rental lot to find one with functional Satellite Radio. This was one of the only things I liked about being able to pick my own car.

If you wanted to pay Alamo for SiriusXM, you’d pay $5.99 per day, $24.99 per week, or $49.98 maximum for 30 days.

Turns out, this is now a non-issue.

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SiriusXM has offered an app to stream their content outside the car but it was a feature only available for their upper-level subscriptions. For me, someone who wants to pay the bare minimum because I only listen to, like, six stations, it wasn’t included.

Starting on July 10, 2019, SiriusXM started allowing all Select members to stream content from outside the car. I can listen from my computer and more importantly I can listen through the app on my phone.


What this means is that I have my subscription wherever I travel in the US as long as I have a data connection. Most of the time I can connect my phone to the car via Bluetooth or I could plug in with a USB cable. Either of those methods should enable me to listen to music from my phone in the car. I bet if we tried hard enough we could even find an AUX cable in our bag of wires if we needed it.

Final Thoughts

If you’re paying for a SiriusXM subscription at home, make sure to make an online account and download the app to your phone. That way, you’ll be able to listen to your stations wherever you are, even if your rental car only has a CD player.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

1 comment

Suzi V August 15, 2020 - 9:27 am

Thanks so much for this! Made my road trip in a rental much better.


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