One-way trips are good option to consider when exploring new cities, moving or planning a road trip and flying home.
One-way trips can potentially save money by being cheaper than flying. This is something to consider for out-of-state trips or moving. Those who want to explore new cities but don’t want to pay for a roundtrip flight can rent a car for a one-way trip and fly home. An economy sized vehicle for $60.92 per day (Autorentals.com). Renters who drive with a group can split the cost and save money getting to their destination.
Those who are making a big move to a new state can rent a truck instead of flying and hiring a mover service. For example, hiring a long distance moving service can cost, on average, $769. This price can fluctuate with moving distance, amount of furniture and number of boxes required. In addition, one-way flights cost, on average, $340 according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Again, this price will fluctuate depending on the time of year, number of people traveling and number of bags being checked.
For example, if two people are moving from New York, NY to Tampa, FL, the average economy-sized rental costs $60 per day. If those same two people moved via flight, the tickets will cost about $282 (Delta.com) before checking bag which is an addition $25 per suitcase. In addition, they would need a moving service, which costs $750 (newyorkfloridamovers.com). The entire move, at minimum, adds up to $1,032.
Booking a one-way trip can sometimes come with rental discounts if your drop-off location needs more vehicles in their lot. The supply and demand of rentals at all branches will fluctuate throughout the year. If you’re traveling somewhere that is low on cars, you may be able to get a deal on your one-way trip. Inquire with rental suppliers and compare prices on third party sites, like AutoRentals.com, to save money.
Some rental suppliers charge one-way fees. This fee depends on the rental company, the pickup/drop-off locations and time of year. Renting during a busy travel season may increase the fee because there is a high demand for rentals.
While the law of supply and demand can save money, it can work against you and cost money. If your one-way trip follows a popular travel pattern then the drop-off location may have a surplus of vehicles in their lot. This scenario may require branches to have to relocate their vehicles to other destinations, which will translate into a fee for the consumer. Compare prices and speak with branch representative to avoid a high fee.