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Most Annoying Travel Fees: One-Way Penalty and Airport Surcharge on Car Rentals

Chris Cheadle / Alamy

One-Way Penalty and Airport Surcharge on Car Rentals

A four-day drive up California’s Pacific Coast Highway is a lovely way to spend your vacation. What’s less enticing is the hefty premium you pay to drop off your vehicle at a different destination from the point of origin. A recent online search found a four-day rental from L.A. to San Francisco that cost $379 extra, compared with the rate you’d pay to return the vehicle in L.A.

Tip: Shop around for your rental, using “one-way” as a search term. The major chains occasionally offer discount codes and coupons specifically for one-way rentals. Avis puts one-way rentals out of Arizona and Florida on sale in the spring to attract business from retirees who are headed back north for the summer.

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