Are you under 25?
If yes, keep reading.
If no, go ahead and move on — this post won’t apply to you.
If you aren’t already aware, car rental companies charge a “Young Renters Fee” for anyone renting a car under the age of 25. These fees vary across companies but can be $20 or more per day!
Luckily for you, there are some ways to beat this Young Renter’s Fee…
Your company’s travel department
If you work for a company that has a travel department (especially federal employees), consider looking into the possibility of booking your rental car through them so that you can save on that fee. Most companies have negotiated contracts with rental car agencies to avoid having to pay the extra fee. This won’t work for everyone, but it’s certainly worth looking into. This is the way I got around paying the Young Renter’s Fee when I was under 25 and it saved me hundreds!
If you are a AAA member, Hertz will waive the Young Renter’s Fee for drivers aged 20-24. If you’re not a AAA member, the lowest tiered plan costs $57 for one year. The savings realized on the Young Renter’s Fee will more than make up for the cost of the AAA membership.
If you are a USAA member, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget and Avis will waive Young Renter’s Fees for 18-24-year-olds. Only Enterprise will not waive the fee for drivers under the age of 21.
Note that USAA Membership is only open to active military, former military, an eligible family member, or a cadet or midshipman.
There are your options. Of course, the other option is to grow up, but you can’t really control that 😉