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One Way Car Rental in the United States
By Nancy Parode. Senior Travel Expert
Nancy Parode’s travel and cultural articles have appeared in print magazines, such as Military Spouse and Northern Virginia. and on several websites, including Sixty and Me, IntoWine.com, The World I Online and NotForTourists.com. Nancy also blogged about military life for HometownAnnapolis.com, the website of Annapolis, Maryland’s The Capital newspaper. Tripping.com named Nancy’s Senior Travel blog here at About.com a Top Travel Blog in the Senior Travel category, and About.com’s Senior Travel website made Discover Corps ‘ list of Best Baby Boomer Travel Sites for 2105.
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There are times when the best way to see the United States is to fly into one city and fly home from another, using a rental car to get from one city to another. Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a price. US rental car companies typically charge a large dropoff fee. either adding it on to the rental car rate or bundling it into the daily rate, in order to dissuade customers from booking one way rentals.
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You may decide that the convenience outweighs the extra cost, of course, and it pays to research prices and availability before you book your one way car rental. I checked rates at major US rental car companies to see if prices varied enough to make in-depth research worth my while.
I selected two types of rental cars, a Toyota Corolla and a Chevrolet Impala (midsize and full size), and chose the dates December 16 to December 21, with pickup at Boston Logan International Airport and dropoff at Orlando International Airport in Florida.
All quotes were for unlimited mileage.
Budget quoted $1,216 for a midsize car and $1,249 for a full size car.
Dollar will not permit renters to drive a car one way from Boston to Florida. The only places you can drop off a one way rental car are Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York City and Rhode Island.
Enterprise quoted $1,157 for a midsize car and $1,181 for a full size car.
A dropoff fee of $500 is included in each of these amounts.
Hertz charges $1,211 for a midsize car and $1,248 for a full size car.
National quoted a rate of $1,298 for a midsize car and $1,490 for a full size car.
Thrifty charges $923 for a midsize car and $939 for a full size car. These amounts include a dropoff fee of $579.92.
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