I’ve been able to use Silvercar several times recently, largely because they’ve run some great promotions — from specific discount codes for renting at a new location, to discount codes (like ‘FTU50’) which while usable only once aren’t limited to first time customers.
For a rental this week I discovered that Silvercar offers one-way rentals even though there’s no option for it on the website or through their app. You just make a reservation for the location where you’re making the pick up, and then contact them by email to let them know where you want to make the drop.
Unlike some of the better rates with major rental agencies, though, there’s a fee.
Here’s how it was explained to me,
When a customer requests a one-way, it must be entered in reservation notes and GM/Concierge lead must be notified to add on the drop fee to reservation.
Now that they have locations near each other they have set pricing for one-way rentals:
- Between Dallas Fort Worth and Dallas Love Field = $30
- Between either Dallas location and Austin = $200
- Between Miami and Fort Lauderdale = $50
- Between San Francisco and Los Angeles = $350
I picked up in Fort Lauderdale, applied the FTU50 code, and that offset the $50 drop fee for Miami.
At Fort Lauderdale you have to go to the rental car center where they’ll pick you up and take you to their lot to start the rental. In Miami they do the same thing.
Fortunately in Miami they take you back curbside to the terminal, rather than to the rental center, so that’s super convenient not having to take the airport train system back and then walk interminable distances.
This is a minor note perhaps but it was new to me that they did one-way rentals, and it wasn’t any more expensive than the cheapest price available for an on-airport rental in Fort Lauderdale while I was there.