Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Elizabeth
What are your plans for Spring Break? For legions of school kids and college students in the United States, spring break is typically a week-long hiatus that can fall anytime between early March and the third week of April, depending on the school.
Whether you’re a college student on break with friends or a parent planning a family vacation, you might need a rental car. Don’t assume you can use the pre-pandemic vacation game plan of locking down your flights and hotel before booking a rental car.
This year, the smart plan is to flip your strategy and book your rental car first. That’s because car rental prices remain higher now than they were pre-pandemic.
How to Snag a Cheap Rental Car for Spring Break
The best time to book your rental car is as soon as you start planning your trip. Unlike airline tickets, rental car reservations can usually be canceled without a penalty. A smart strategy is to ask AutoSlash for a quote early on, and then watch to see if prices go down.
Track your reservation.
It’s an epic chore to constantly check for lower rates but, AutoSlash will do this for you at no extra cost. After you book your car, ask AutoSlash to track your reservation. We’ll let you know if there’s a price drop so you can rebook at the lower rate.
Make the most of a weekly rate.
Car rental companies can offer very attractive weekly promo rates—but there are often some strings attached. Knowing a little about rental car logic will help you get the most bang for your buck out of a weekend rental.
Check both on and off airport.
Flying into an airport rental might be convenient, but it might also be pricey. A short Uber or Lyft ride to a nearby neighborhood rental location could cut your rate in half. But off-airport rates aren’t always cheaper, so it always pays to check both.
Spring Break Car Rentals for College Students
There are a few things college students should know about renting a car. If you’re under 25 years old, know that car rental companies have different policies about renting to young drivers. Most car rental companies will charge a daily fee to offset the risk of renting to younger drivers. The amount of the fee depends on your age and the rental company, but typically you can figure on paying around $30 extra per day, on average.
Spring Break Car Rentals for Families
If you’ve got young children, you might be wondering whether to bring or rent a car seat. Or maybe you’re traveling with an extended family. If you’ve got a big crew or several families vacationing together, you might be weighing the pros and cons of renting a passenger van.
Top Spring Break Destinations: Airport Car Rental Guides
Heading to a top Spring Break destination? These handy airport car rental guides can get you to your car and on your way in no time flat.
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)