As cold weather gives way to warm, rental car companies have a problem. They have too many cars in places like Florida and Arizona where high season is over. And they’ll give you a great deal if you’ll help them get lots of those vehicles back to where the demand is.
It’s the semi-annual migration of rental cars. Until the end of this month, you can get a deal when you rent a car one way from, say, Florida, to the Northeast. Alamo, Avis, Budget, and National will only charge $10 a day for cars, about $20 for SUVs and maybe $25 for minivans. And you can keep a car for 7, 14, and sometimes 21 days so you don’t have to rush to turn it in.
Arizona rental offices need their cars moved to California and other places. The same deals apply.
Many airlines now allow you to get a one-way, award flight by cashing in half the number of miles you’d need for a round trip. So fly in, grab a car, and enjoy a leisurely drive somewhere without putting any wear or tear on the family car. Or wait until this fall when rental companies will make the same offer to get cars back to vacation spots.