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As the world embraces more and more property-sharing websites, Turo Rentals and Southwest Airlines have partnered up. Now you can earn up to 30,000 Rapid Rewards points with Southwest when you rent and list your car on Turo Rentals.
What is Turo Rentals?
For years, property-sharing websites have been gaining traction. In the travel industry, websites like HomeExchange.com and Couchsurfing.com have allowed travelers to swap houses or use each other's couch for a place to sleep.
More recently, this has moved into the transportation sector. While Uber helps you to find a ride from a private driver, Turo Rentals goes one step further and allows you to rent the whole car. Instead of going with the big car rental companies (most of which are under the same umbrella corporation), Turo helps you to give back to the city or community you're visiting and rent from a local. Rentals include full insurance for the driver and full protection for the hosts.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Points from Turo Rentals
For the first time, Turo Rentals has partnered up with an airline rewards program. Until October 15, 2019, you can gain up to 30,000 Rapid Rewards Points for renting and listing your car. Points are awarded as follows:
- 2,000 points for completing your first trip valued over $50 (excluding taxes and fees)
- 500 points for each additional Turo rental over $50
- 10,000 points for listing your car with Turo and hosting your first trip valued over $50
When signing up for your Turo account to take advantage of this offer, make sure your username is the same as your Southwest account. This is a verification factor to ensure it's the same individual between accounts.
Is This a Good Deal?
Southwest Rapid Rewards Points are worth 1.3–1.6 cents each, so you will net as much as $160 in air miles just for listing your car with Turo. If you can book enough rentals by October 15th, you can get up to $480 towards Southwest flights with the full 30,000 points.
That doesn't take into account how much money you'll be making on Turo. By just renting your car out for a fraction of the days each month, you can cover your monthly car payments. Just think, instead of leaving your car at the airport parking lot the next time you fly out for a week, rent it out from the airport with Turo and reap the rewards. Turo pays out 65–85% of the rental cost within five days, depending on the insurance coverage you choose, or 90% if you use your own insurance. It's a win-win situation.
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