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Drive out of Florida with a deal
Updated: 29 November 2013 12:53 PM
Every year we see cheap drive-out-of-Florida rates for spring travel because rental companies want to move their fleets after the popular winter travel season in Florida is over.
You get a low daily rate when you pick up the car in Florida and drop it off at an airport in another state, including D/FW Airport and Love Field. We are already seeing these deals for travel in 2014.
You can fly one-way to Florida to pick up the car, and instead of paying $500 for a weeklong car rental within Florida, you can pay $10 a day, as long as you return it out of state at participating locations across the country.
You can drive back to Dallas/Fort Worth, take a drive up the East Coast and fly home, or drive to the West Coast if you like. There are cheap one-way fares from Atlanta and New Orleans to Dallas, and you can even drive up the coast and fly home from Boston for only $119.
These deals are currently being offered by Alamo, Enterprise and National.
Rates start at $10 per day, plus taxes and fees, for pick up April 1 through May 31, and the maximum rental is 21 days, so cars must be dropped off by June 21.
The $10 rate is available for economy through full-size cars. If you need a larger vehicle, SUVs start at $20 per day and minivans start at $25 per day.
It’s probably best to fly in on a Tuesday or Wednesday; those are usually the cheapest days to fly. You’ll also save on baggage fees because you only have to pay for them one-way. If you arrive on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you can stay in Florida five days, including through the weekend, and still have a couple of days to drive home, or spend a few days in Florida then drive up the coast and fly home.
Lately there’ve been some wild and crazy fares to Florida. In November, fares were as low as $109 one-way from Dallas to Orlando, Miami and Tampa. There also are one-way fares from Dallas to Fort Lauderdale for as low as $119 for travel through August 2014.
When you see a $100 fare to Florida, it is time to book. These fares were available at press time, but if they have flown away by the time you check prices, keep checking each Tuesday when the sales typically come out.
Look for fares into Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, which usually have the cheapest fares. Fares into Fort Myers or West Palm Beach, though, have been over $200 one-way. These offers exclude rentals from Pensacola, Tallahassee and other cities in the Florida Panhandle.
You can book through the car rental websites or at bestfares.com/floridacarspring2014.
You could save another $20 to $30 off these rates for a weeklong rental if you use a promotional code when booking. For Alamo, use coupon code AD7539SDM for $15 off a minimum three-night rental with a Saturday night keep. For National, use coupon code ND3196ZDT for $20 off when you rent a minimum of four days with a Saturday night keep.
These Florida one-way rentals have extended into June in the past, and we will keep you updated if that happens for 2014.
Tom Parsons is CEO of bestfares.com.