One Way Airport Rentals For as Low as $9.99 by Avis — Including a Tank of Fuel — But…

You can rent a car from Avis for as low as $9.99 one way between 29 airports of 25 cities within the United States and a total of 152 local facilities in downtown and suburban areas of those destinations — and that includes your choice of five classes of cars from economy class to full size, a full tank of fuel, 150 free miles, and up to 12 hours to keep the vehicle before returning it — but should you consider taking advantage of this deal?

One Way Airport Rentals For as Low as $9.99 by Avis — Including a Tank of Fuel — But…

Testing this deal, a random date of Sunday, April 12, 2020 from 11:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening was chosen in Atlanta. A full size car was chosen in both cases.

Renting a vehicle from the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta to the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, the total cost of the rental — including fees and taxes — is $13.42 if you pay in advance; and $14.65 if you choose instead to pay at the counter at the time of picking up the car.

Important to note is when traveling from an airport to downtown or a participating suburban location, the vehicle must be picked up on a Thursday or Friday; and when traveling from downtown or a participating suburban location to an airport, the vehicle must be picked up on a Sunday or Monday.

Should You Take Advantage of This Deal?

A variety of factors and sub factors must be considered before deciding on which option to use to get you to or from the airport.

If price is a factor, paying at the counter in Atlanta will cost you a total of as low as $26.84 for two one-way car rentals, which is typically less expensive than one single ride with a ride-sharing service such as Uber

…which means that distance is a factor as well. Ride-sharing services can cost less money if the distance between the origination and destination points are fairly close to each other.

Time is also a factor. If you plan on traveling for two weeks or longer, leaving your car at the airport could be the most expensive option — even with discounts.

The Avis deal may seem like the clear winner in terms of price — but convenience also has to be considered. Do you want to do the driving yourself? Are you willing to pay extra for tolls? Those factors alone could be a deterrent to the Avis offer…

…but the restrictions of on which days this offer is valid — as well as having to still travel from a location once you drop off the vehicle at a facility which is not near an airport — are also significant factors. When traveling from an airport to downtown or a participating suburban location, the vehicle must be picked up on a Thursday or Friday; and when traveling from downtown or a participating suburban location to an airport, the vehicle must be picked up on a Sunday or Monday.

Also, once you get from the airport to that facility located in a suburb of Atlanta, how do you get to your final destination? Perhaps you are fortunate enough to be able to ask someone to pick you up? Ride-sharing services and driving to the airport in your own vehicle and parking it there win in terms of convenience.

Then again, Avis does offer one convenience factor: the ability to use one of their vehicles and a full tank of gasoline for wear and tear on errands you might want to take on if the total amount of time and mileage is less than 12 hours and 150 miles respectively.

Public transportation is also a factor. Atlanta offers fewer public transportation options; so in that city, the Avis offer potentially wins. In a city where public transportation options are better — such as in Chicago, for example — the mass transportation systems usually have an edge.

If you are traveling with several people, you can rent an intermediate sport utility vehicle or a premium vehicle for $14.99 per 12 hour rental — and the cost would be ideal if everyone being transported would split the cost of the rental.

Select Terms and Conditions

The vehicle must be picked up at a participating location and dropped off at a different participating location up to a maximum of 12 hours later.

The first tank of gas is included.

A charge of ten cents per mile will be applied for each additional mile driven beyond the 150 miles which is included in the car rental.

This offer may not be available during holiday and other blackout periods, as rate surcharges during peak periods may apply.

This offer is subject to vehicle availability at the time of reservation and may not be available on some rates at some times.

Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum age may vary by location.

An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.

Rates are non-discountable; they may not be combined with any AWD number, coupon, promotion or offer.

Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges may apply and are extra.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

Summary

When this offer was first highlighted here at The Gate back on Monday, November 6, 2017, New York was one of the cities which was included — but neither New York nor Los Angeles nor San Francisco are currently included. Also, you were able to rent a standard sport utility vehicle for $17.99 per 12 hour rental; or a minivan for $19.99 per 12 hour rental — but those options are no longer available.

Charles Barkowski of Running with Miles considered what Avis is doing as a way of taking on Uber. I disagree to a point, as the competition is indirect at best — similar to driving your own vehicle to the airport, using public transportation, or paying for parking while you are away traveling.

A plethora of factors needs to be considered to determine which ground transportation option is the best overall when combining cost, time, comfort, location and convenience.

In my opinion, the offer by Avis is potentially a good deal — if renting the car meets the restrictions which govern the offer…

…but if Avis were to expand the offer to be good seven days per week and include pick-up and drop-off service so that your final destination would be where you leave the car instead of at a rental car facility, that significantly would increase the value of the offer by Avis when compared to its competition — direct or indirect — in my opinion.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “One Way Airport Rentals For as Low as $9.99 by Avis — Including a Tank of Fuel — But…”

  1. HChris says:

    I have used this all the time in Chicago because I live in the suburbs. If I have a late arrival and know that I have to be downtown early next morning, this is the most stress free option apart from Uber (which is much more expensive). Same goes if I have a very early flight and the dates align, I will pick it up at a neighborhood location and drop it off next morning at the airport.
    Also important to know, Hertz has a similar deal but only from the airport to downtown city locations not the other way around. However, the upsides are:
    -you can keep it for 24 hours instead of 12
    -deal is good for all 7 days of the week

    Having Hertz President Circle status got me multiple times into a BMW 7 series, Mustang V8, Infinite SUV etc. for under $30 incl. taxes, fees and the gas is also included. All you have to remember is to book at least an intermediate category to gain access to the President’s Circle cars when you have that status which you can relatively easy status match into.

  2. Steve says:

    If I siphon the tank of gas out of an escalade, its paid for itself.

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