Save on Rental Cars Leaving Florida One Way Spring 2019 — But…

Exactly one year ago today, I wrote this article about how you can rent a car from Florida and drive it out one way to much of the eastern United States for a rental rate of as low as $8.45 per day, if you can position yourself to do so…

Save on Rental Cars Leaving Florida One Way Spring 2019 — But…

…but this year, the going rate is no less expensive than $14.95 per day — and that rate is only offered by Avis Rent A Car System and Budget Rent A Car System.

For example, you can rent a car from Avis or Budget for four days one way from Tampa to New York for only $112.16 total — including all taxes and fees — when you use AWD #R003500 with Avis or BCD code S374100 with Budget; and the car class can be economy, compact, midsize, standard or full size…

Sample reservation for a one-way rental from Tampa to New York with Avis when paying for the rental car in full in advance. Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Avis.

…but unfortunately, that total is $24.66 more expensive than the $87.50 total for a similar rental in 2018; and $48.52 more expensive than the $64.08 total for a similar rental in 2017.

This offer is good from many locations in Florida — but this year, Pensacola and Jacksonville are excluded.

The classes of cars which are available for this offer are as follows:

Vehicle Class or Group
April 1, 2019 —
June 30, 2019
Economy — Group A $14.95 per day
Compact — Group B $14.95 per day
Midsize — Group C $14.95 per day
Standard — Group D $14.95 per day
Full Size — Group E $14.95 per day
Intermediate Sport Utility Vehicle — Group F $19.95 per day
Standard Sport Utility Vehicle — Group W $24.95 per day
Passenger Van — Group P $24.95 per day
Minivan — Group V $28.95 per day
Standard Elite Sport Utility Vehicle — Group S $39.95 per day

Select Terms and Conditions for Both Offers

  • This offer is valid for checkout between Monday, April 1, 2019 and Sunday, June 30, 2019 for one-way rentals only; the vehicle must be picked up at a participating Florida location and returned to a different participating location outside of the state of Florida — excluding picking up the rental vehicle from Pensacola and Jacksonville.
  • Rates require a rental period of a minimum of one day to a maximum of 14 consecutive days.
  • This offer is valid only on the aforementioned car groups.
  • Offers may not be available during holiday and other blackout periods; and 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 other AWD number, coupon, promotion or offer.
  • Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges may apply and are extra. Optional products such as LDW — $29.99 per day or less — and refueling are extra.
  • Rates are based on United States currency.

Summary

As far as I can tell, no other rental car company is participating in a similar offer at the time this article was written. If that changes, I intend to write an article with updated information.

Rental car rates were as inexpensive as $4.95 per day out of Florida in 2017, but unfortunately, that rate is nowhere to be found this year. Rates are as low as $14.95 per day this year.

I wrote in this article that one of the 8 tips in which you can save money on renting cars is to rent one from Florida for $9.95; but $14.95 per day offered by fewer rental car companies — with a few more restrictions added to the offer — is better than no savings at all for a one-way rental.

This sale with both Avis and Budget starts on Monday, April 1, 2019 and ends on Sunday, June 30, 2019. In 2017, the offer also extended into June; and in 2018, the offer was shortened by a full month.

One inexpensive way in which you may want to position yourself to a city in Florida is to use Megabus — although it is highly unlikely that you will be able to obtain a base fare of only one dollar; but you may still be able to procure a reasonable bus fare. This does not always work, as you have to account for expenses such as fuel for the rental car, food, and basic opportunity costs; but the discount can work in your favor if planned correctly.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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