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Heading South? You Can Get a Great Rental Car Deal

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Hertz - SUV under the palms (Photo: Hertz)
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on December 16, 2008. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Alamo, Arizona, California, car rental, Florida, Hertz, National, Sarah Pascarella, Texas.

'Tis the season for great car rental promotions, especially if you're heading to warmer climates. In late autumn, many car rental companies need to move some of their fleet from colder areas (where tourism drops for the winter) to sunny destinations, where demand picks up for the season. In the past, one-way trips to Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas have yielded the most deals.

Here's a roundup of current offerings for snowbirds. Visit your preferred car rental company's website for the latest deals.

  • Alamo's deal provides a coupon that gets you $20 off your one-way rental of three days or more. Most car classes are eligible, and this deal runs through the end of March.
  • Hertz' Florida Drive In promotion runs through December (through January for minivans). Pick up your car at participating locations in five states and drive it to any Hertz location in Florida. Rates vary by location and car class.
  • One-upping Alamo, National Car Rental offers $25 off one-way rentals, through the end of March, with most car classes eligible for the discount. A minimum three-day rental is required.

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Also don't forget to check what consolidators may have available. CarRentals.com lets you search for rentals available for pick-up in one location and drop-off in another, as does Priceline. Additionally, Travelocity has a search option for one-way rentals.

Did you snag a great deal on a one-way snowbird rental? Share how you did it by submitting a comment below!

 
 
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