Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1563 posts, RR: 11 Posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2658 times:
Hi all, I'm flying to LAS in march and I'd like to rent a car to drive to TUS or ELP and go back by plane... I've checked Avis, National and other big companies but their prices are really expensive because I want a one way rental... Can somebody give me an advice ? Any help will be really appreciated
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
It's not unusual for Rental Car companies to charge what is called a "Drop Fee". Particularly if they're franchise operations . . . since they will have to transport that car back to it's home station.
As for March in Las Vegas . . . what dates?
If you're in Las Vegas 24-27 March, there's a small gathering of A-Netters going on.
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
Jef, I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them. Try Alamo too. However, state to state one way prices are likely to be more.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 3): I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them.
I can also recomend National Car Rental, a friend and I rented twice a car in California (pick up in SFO, drop off in LAX) and it was not very expensive. They didn't even charge the additional fee that you must pay at other rental car companies when you are under 25.
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1716 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
Most people who do a one way rental arrive in Las Vegas first, like what you want to do, and then leave to tour other areas and want to drop of the cars there. This leaves the rental agencies with more cars leaving LAS than coming back in. Because of this they then have to truck or drive the cars back to LAS, which cost them money and this is why they charge a drop off fee, which at times can be very expensive.
I have in the past rented cars in LAX and dropped them off in LAS without any drop off fees because this works to their advantage in returning cars back to LAS. I have done this with Hertz, Avis, Budget and Alamo. So if you can plan your trip so you leave from LAS, then you should be able to avoid the drop off fees.
This might or might not work because I don’t think the one way car rental traffic between TUC or ELP from LAS is that high like from LAX, but I would definitely try by checking with the rental agencies to see if there is no drop off charges.
Also in the past when I did this, even though I reserved an intermediate size car, most times I got upgraded to a larger car so it can be returned back to LAS. Most rental agencies keep their city fleets separate, so if the car is a LAS based car, then they would like to get it back to LAS instead of keeping it out of its home base.
In Florida, the same holds true with Orlando, most visitors arrive in MCO, and after spending time there go to other Florida cities and drop their cars there leaving MCO short of cars. You can get a much better deal if you do the reverse and drop the car off in MCO.
Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1563 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2571 times:
Thanks a lot to you all for your help. The first prices were around $480, for a 6 day economy rental I find it very expensive, in comparison I've paid a little bit over $500 for my ticket... But I've found $346 with Dollar and $292 (TUS-LAS or $307 LAS-TUS) with Alamo, it sounds much better
ANCFlyer, it's too bad I'm leaving on the 21
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
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2)How many days.
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BigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2408 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2527 times:
Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 3): Jef, I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them. Try Alamo too
Alamo and National are one and the same. Alamo's prices are lower, but I think National have a fixed one-way rental fee of $150 which might save some money. Florida always has the lowest prices, and there is no one-way rental fee within Florida.
Definitely look into a prepaid car rental and go with a "gold" package, which includes all taxes and 1 tank of petrol. The only thing you should have to pay is a one-way rental fee.
Oh boy...I just saw one last week when I was in ONT/San Bernarndino. A guy who was attending the school I was at rented one for the week, mostly because there wouldn't be much driving done that week. He flies a lot for business, and had just flown in from BOS. He did Rent A Wreck, and the car was truely a pile of shit. When he rented it, the guy behind the counter said "It has few dents". It was a Dodge Neon. It truely was a pile. It actually had custom rims on it. No shocks. I rode in it once, but I was so plowed I didn't really notice too much about it.