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Avis has introduced a new one-way car rental promo from airports to cities across the US for as little as $9.99 per rental. With this promotion, you can pick up a car from the airport and drop it off downtown, or pick it up downtown and drop it off at the airport. Although this does have some limitations, including restrictions on travel days and locations, if the stars align, you could save a significant amount of money with a rental versus Uber/Lyft or a Taxi. This promotion is clearly targeted at the leisure/weekend traveler, and we like it!
Key Terms of Avis One-Way Airport Rentals
- Promo is valid for a 12-hour one-way rental
- Full tank of gas included in the rental price
- Each rental comes with 150 miles for free; additional miles are $.10 per mile
- Airport to downtown discounts are valid for pickups on Thursday/Friday
- Downtown to airport discounts are valid for pickups on Sunday/Monday
- There may be blackout periods during holiday periods, with additional surcharges
The rentals are paired, so you will be able to pick up a car from an airport location, and then you will have to return it to a participating downtown location. If going from downtown to the airport, you'll grab your car from a participating downtown location, and then drop it off at a paired airport.
The lowest pricing of $9.99 per rental is available on Economy cars; however, the prices are still reasonable for larger vehicles. Pricing for the one-way rentals are:
- Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Full-Size – $9.99
- Premium & Intermedia SUV – $14.99
- Standard SUV – $17.99
- Minivan – $19.99
The list of participating cities is quite extensive, and some cities have multiple airports. The following cities are taking part in the promotion:
- Atlanta ATL
- Kansas City
- New Orleans
- New York
- Oklahoma City
- San Antonio
Rental car agencies are fighting back against Uber/Lyft and taxi's; competition is a win for us! With business travelers returning on Thursday/Friday and picking up on Sunday/Monday, this is a great way for Avis to look for better overall fleet utilization. The question remains if people actually will want to drive in a potentially new city, or if they want the convenience of a service.
Remember to use a credit card that not only earns you 2x or 3x points on rental cars but one that provides primary collision damage waiver protection.
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