Rent a Car One Way for $5 a Day


This fall and winter, Dollar, Hertz, and Thrifty are offering dirt cheap daily rates on their rental cars as in incentive for you to drive their stock south for them. You can find cars for as little as $5 a day with pick up locations at airports along the east coast and drop off destinations in Florida.

At five dollars a day, you could rent a car for a whole week for just $35, or up to two weeks for $70! That is unbeatable.

The Deal

When it gets cold up north, people stop renting cars. Rental companies need a way to get their cars to a market with more demand year round. Setting rental rates at rock bottom to attract customers is the cheapest way of doing that.

Pick Up Locations and Dates

The following pick up locations have cheap rentals available, for pick up as early as the date listed in the right column.

Drop Off Locations and Date

You can drop off you rental car at the airports in any of the following cities in Florida…

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
  • Jacksonville (JAX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Palm Beach (PBI)
  • Sarasota / Bradenton (SRQ)
  • Tallahassee (TLH)
  • Tampa (TBA)

…by December 10, 2017 at the latest.

Other Conditions

The maximum rental period is 14 days. There are lots of options available ranging from economy to full size vehicles.

Which Card to Put Your Rental On

In our Travel Protection Benefits of Chase, Citi, & Amex Cards series I go over the travel insurance policies provided by nine popular rewards credit cards. Check it out to see which card you’re best off charging this rental too.

If you have a Sapphire Reserve, Ink Business Preferred, or Sapphire Preferred, one of those will likely be your best option as they all provide primary insurance on domestic rentals (as opposed to Amex or Citi cards which only provide secondary).

Bottom Line

Want to take a road trip to Florida this fall or winter? Or perhaps you live in Florida and could take advantage of a rental for the return journey home around a holiday when cash flights are expensive and there’s no award space. Book a Hertz, Thrifty, or Dollar rental car for as little as $5 a day for an incredibly cheap form of travel.

Take the kids to Disney World!
Take the kids to Disney World! Photo by Candace Lindemann

Hat tip to AutoSlash, who just saved me 30% on a car rental this week!

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  1. I’ve taken advantage of this a few times.

    Also, in the spring, they offer a similar deal to drive cars out of FL and Phoenix and drop them in other cities.

  2. Yes, I see you can also move cars north in the Spring on the cheap out of Arizona. But in the fall, are there similar deals to move cars from the North/Northwest to Arizona?

    • Last Spring I had an Alamo rental booked from Tampa to San Diego during the relocation. I ended up not making the whole trip and dropped the car in Nashville but it’s possible.

      Alamo allowed 3 weeks with the car at $5 a day.

      I’m sure the promotion changes as needed depending on where the inventory is and where it needs to be.

  3. Thank you – I could do this next year. Do you think they likely offer similar deals to drive cars from the Chicago area? And what about ‘Auto drive away’- where they would pay you to drive someones car, or is that beyond the scope of this blog? I know there is more pre-planning/screening needed for that one.


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