Just as airlines are happy to sell you a one-way ticket, car rental companies are also taking advantage of the fact that sometimes people only need to rent one-way to get from A to B. A one-way rental can be the perfect trade off for travelers who don't love flying that much, or for those relocating to a new state, or maybe it's about time you took all that stuff you've been storing out of your parents' garage and move it to your city apartment. As things start to heat up in the southern states in locations like Florida and Arizona, several car companies need to move their excess fleet to cooler northern and western destinations so they are offering discounts, incentives and upgrades to renters who are looking to do the same.
Budget (tel. 800/283-4387; www.budget.com) is currently offering one-way minivan rentals at the sub-compact rental rate of $17.95 per day or an intermediate SUV for $24.95 per day when picking up from select locations in Florida or Arizona. If you don't need a big vehicle, a compact is $18.95 per day, an intermediate is $19.95 per day and a full-size is $21.95 per day; unlimited mileage is part of the package. Airport pickup locations include Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Tallahassee. Cars must be turned in to specific locations in the continental United States. Budget is also offering similar one-way rates from both airport and off-airport locations in Arizona to select locations in California. Sub-compact vehicles are $17.95, compact vehicles $18.95, intermediate vehicles $19.95 or full-size vehicles are $21.95 per day. This offer is valid until June 30, 2006 but there is limited availability so mention the Budget Customer Discount (BCD) Number U030191 when making your reservation.
Avis (tel. 800/331-1212; www.avis.com) matches Budget dollar for dollar on its one-way rentals from Florida to any U.S. location except California, Las Vegas and Reno. The low daily rates are available for a seven-day maximum rental period. The daily rates are the same as Budget's above but weekly rates are as follows:
- $87.95 for a compact, sub-compact or minivan
- $97.95 for an intermediate
- $107.95 for a two or four-door full size
- $121.95 for an intermediate SUV
Pick up your car from any one of 19 locations around Arizona (both airport and non-airport locations) and drive to Los Angeles or elsewhere in California by June 30, 2006 and pay $17.95 for a sub-compact, $18.95 for a compact, $19.95 for an intermediate or $21.95 for a two or four-door full size. Travel from Arizona to Las Vegas or any destination in Nevada and pay $33.99 for a sub-compact, $34.99 for a compact, $35.99 for an intermediate or $37.99 for a two or four-door full size. These offers may not be available during holiday and other blackout periods.
Hertz (tel. 800/654-3131; www.hertz.com) has some slightly smaller discounts on one-way rentals. Rent an economy sized or larger car (including the Hertz Prestige Collection) on a weekend day and receive $10 off. "Leisure Weekend" one-way rentals are available at participating Hertz airport locations in the USÂ¿until December 31, 2006. Weekend rentals require a 2-day minimum and a Saturday night usage. Enter 981396 in the Promotional Coupon (PC) Number Field when reserving online.
Or get $15 off any one-way weekly (minimum of five-days) rental. Enter 981400 in the Promotional Coupon (PC) Number Field. This deal is also available until December 31, 2006 with some peak and holiday season exceptions.
Hertz also has a long list of last minute one-way specials for bookings made by April 17, 2006 and pick up before May 1, 2006. Examples for mid sized vehicles include:
- Bangor to Boston for $50.99 per day on weekends or $242.99 weekly
- Grand Rapids to Chicago for $44.99 per day on weekends or $169.99 weekly
- Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island for $53.99 per day on weekends or $205.99 weekly
- San Diego to Salt Lake City for $54.99 per day on weekends or $221.99 weekly
- New York to Baltimore for $75.99 per day on weekends or $200.99 weekly
Turn your one-way rental into a total on-road vacation in a Recreational Vehicle. El Monte RV (tel. 888/337-2214; www.elmonterv.com) specializes in nationwide RV rentals and is currently featuring the following one-way RV rental deals:
Pick up your RV in Orlando and drive to Los Angeles or San Francisco or Las Vegas. With 3,000 free miles and receive 50% off the daily rental amount for the first seven days and then pay the normal daily rate for any subsequent days but get an additional 500 free miles and obviously no drop off charge for a different city. Valid for pick up and drop off before June 10, 2006.
Pick up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and drop off in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver or New York City and pay only $39 per night for the first 14-days of rental with 1,500 free miles and then pay the normal daily rate for any subsequent days but get an additional 500 free miles and obviously no drop off charge for a different city. This Fleet Manager Super special is available for pick up and drop off by May 15, 2006. Both these offers are for Class C Motor homes (23 to 25 feet and 26 to 29 feet) and Class C Slide Out vehicles.
No, Cruise America (tel. 800/671-7839; www.cruiseamerica.com) doesn't offer one-way cruises, but it does give 50% discount on a number of one-way RV rentals seasonally. Its current stock of specials includes:
- Depart from Spokane WA and drive to California by April 30, 2006
- Depart from any US state except Illinois, Wisconsin or Indiana and drive to Chicago by April 22, 2006
- Depart from Austin in a FunMover and drive to Las Vegas or Los Angeles by April 30, 2006
- Depart from St. Louis in a FunMover and drive to Las Vegas or Los Angeles by April 30, 2006
If you are heading to Mesa Arizona, does Cruise America have a deal for you. That's where their resale and refurbishment factory is located, and if you pick up from one of 17 different locations across the U.S. and drive to Mesa, you'll pay only $24 per day. Examples include:
- Atlanta: eight-night maximum with 2,500 free miles
- Eugene OR: seven-night maximum with 2,000 free miles
- Fort Lauderdale: nine-night maximum with 3,000 free miles
- Los Angeles: five-night maximum with 1,000 free miles
- Reno: six-night maximum with 1,500 free miles
- Salt Lake City: six-night maximum with 1,500 free miles
- Savannah: eight-night maximum with 2,500 free miles
- Tampa: nine-night maximum with 3,000 free miles
Traveling from Mesa to drop off points in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland and Salt Lake City with is $48 per night with included mileage (1,000 and 1,500 miles) if you depart between May 1 and May 6, 2006. Or pick up in Everett, Washington and drive to Anchorage for only $24 per day in a standard size motor home accommodating up to four people for up to nine-nights with 3,000 miles included and insurance coverage. Hurry, this deal is only valid for arrivals in Anchorage by May 1, 2006. Reservations must be made a minimum of three days in advance of planned pick up.
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