Last Updated on January 16, 2021 by Elizabeth


Need a one-way car rental deal to get from A to B? Depending on where you’re starting and where you’re heading, you might be able to take advantage of Sixt Rent a Car’s recent expansion in the U.S. as the firm redistributes its fleet to brand new locations. Just be aware of a big potential gotcha.

Typically, it is more expensive to rent a car for a one-way trip. Picking up and dropping off at different locations almost always makes a car rental significantly more expensive due to a drop-off fee—but Sixt is waiving this fee for the month of August for select routes.

Sixt Rent a Car’s New Locations

Sixt has acquired over 10 airport car rental branches in the U.S. from Advantage Rent a Car’s bankruptcy.

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This is a big deal because Sixt will take over five new airport concessions at Boston (BOS), Houston (IAH) and three airports serving the greater New York City area (JFK, LGA and EWR). This significantly expands Sixt’s presence into the Northeast.

The firm has put a nice one-way car rental deal on the table for folks who are heading in the direction of these newest branch locations.

Sixt’s One-Way Car Rental Deals

Normally, Sixt one-way car rentals incur a drop-off fee, which can vary significantly based on factors such as the distance traveled, drop-off locations and time of year.

For pickups through the end of August 2020, Sixt is dropping the one-way drop-off fee for the following routes:

  • From Florida to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Florida to Newark International Airport (EWR)
  • Florida to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • From Washington DC to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Washington DC to Newark International Airport (EWR)
  • Washington DC to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Florida to George Bush InterContinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
  • Texas to George Bush InterContinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
  • Georgia to George Bush InterContinental Airport (IAH) in Houston

Travel Quarantines are a Potential Gotcha

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 20 states have put travel advisories in place that require travelers coming from states with high coronavirus spread to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The three Northeastern states where Sixt has recently acquired new locations are included in this group.

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New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts all currently require visitors coming from Florida to self-quarantine upon arrival. (In Massachusetts, you can avoid the quarantine if you can produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.) This makes the one-way routes from Florida to JFK, EWR and BOS potentially very problematic for a car renter.

Washington DC is on the restricted list for Massachusetts, but not for New York and New Jersey. This makes it more problematic to pick up a car in DC and drop it off at Logan Airport.

Texas has no travel advisory in place, so none of the three routes to George Bush InterContinental Airport (IAH) would present the need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Houston.

Note that these restrictions can change in the future as the infection rate changes in affected states. Before you go, always double check on your destination state’s website for updated COVID-19 travel information.