Every spring, major car rental companies need to move thousands of cars out of popular winter destinations to meet the demand elsewhere of the upcoming peak summer season. As we explain in AutoSlash’s Guide to Cheap One-Way Rentals, this is typically a great time to snag spring one-way car rental deals from Florida or Arizona. But this year is different.
Most of the country is under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these orders will eventually be lifted, the question is when. If you’re looking to snag a one-way drive-out deal this spring, it’s best to choose a deal with a longer time frame. For spring 2020, Hertz’s drive-out offers run longer than deals from other rental car companies.
What Are Spring Car Rental Drive-Out Promos?
To move their fleets out of Florida and Arizona, major rental companies offer spring specials on one-way rentals from those destinations. These are known as Arizona and Florida drive-out promotions.
But are they deals or duds? The only way to know is to shop around. Ask AutoSlash for a quote and we’ll scour the Internet for publicly available coupons and discounts, and we’ll apply any membership discounts to which you might be entitled. It may turn out that a drive-out promo rate is the best price—or there might be a better deal to be had.
Keep in mind that other rental car brands may jump in with their own drive-out specials, so ask us for a quote and we’ll be sure to check across the whole landscape of brands.
Spring 2020 One-Way Car Rental Deals From Florida
Note that Alamo, Enterprise and Hertz offer the same deal but Hertz extends the window through the end of June—a full month longer than Alamo and Enterprise.
- Escape Florida with Hertz One-Way Car Rentals From $19.99 Per Day Through June
- Alamo Offers One-Way Car Rentals Out of Florida from $19.99 Per Day
- Enterprise Offers One-Way Car Rentals Out of Florida from $19.99 Per Day
Spring 2020 One-Way Car Rental Deals From Arizona
Again, Alamo, Enterprise and Hertz offer the same price but Hertz offers a longer window by several weeks.
- Hertz Offers One-Way Car Rentals Out of Phoenix From $29.99 Per Day
- Alamo Offers One-Way Car Rentals Out of Arizona from $29.99 Per Day
- Enterprise Offers One-Way Car Rentals Out of Arizona from $29.99 Per Day
How Drive-Out Promos Work
For car rental companies, this system really works well in managing supply and demand. They set rates low enough to encourage many people to rent one-way cars during a set period of time, effectively migrating their fleets from winter locales to top summer destinations.
In general, the timetable for these great migrations follows a pattern. On the east coast, the transfer window moves from Florida to all points north during the spring.
Note that drive-out rates exist until the rental car companies project that they’ll have relocated enough cars. So if you really want to take advantage of an offer, book early.
The best thing about one-way promotions is that they allow leisurely drives in the United States. (One-way transfer specials in other countries tend to be limited to a single day.)
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