As roads, hotels, and businesses in Florida reopen after Hurricane Irma, travelers heading back to the Sunshine State may want to take advantage of a little-known annual car rental sale.
In advance of the winter season (when many companies move their fleets for warmer weather), car rental companies are offering deals for drivers who want to take a one-way trip from the Northeast down to Florida.
Those returning home to Florida — or people eager to visit friends and family affected by the hurricane — can rent a car for just a few dollars per day.
Avis and Budget, for example, are offering economy-sized rentals from $5 per day. The offer is valid for travelers departing from Boston, Hartford, Buffalo, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C. Trips must end in Florida, and the deal is valid through October 31.
Right now, Hertz customers driving from New York State (Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo) or Charleston, West Virginia can drive to Florida for $4.99 per day. Starting October 10, the offer expands along the East Coast (including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C.). By October 23, the offer will extend down to North Carolina. All sales are effective through December 10.
Enterprise, Alamo, and National customers can rent cars from $5 to $9 per day to drive from Northeast locations to Florida, as well as other nearby areas in the Southeast. Rates will remain effective through the end of October. The three companies are also eliminating drop and one-way fees for those who rented cars in Florida to evacuate before the storm.