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Hertz deal: $5 a day for one-way car rentals starting in Arizona

March 23, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • You can explore the Grand Canyon State by car and return the rental in another state for just $5 a day from Hertz.
You can explore the Grand Canyon State by car and return the rental in another… (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles…)

Here's an idea for a cheap point-to-point road trip: Rent a car in Arizona, go exploring and drop it off in one of nine other states --including California -- for just $5 a day. That's the offer Hertz is making for one-way trips out of the Grand Canyon State.

The deal: The Arizona Drive for $5 offer applies for rentals that begin in Arizona and then are dropped off at selected locations in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The $5 daily rate is good for up to 14 days for economy and compact cars. Rentals come with unlimited mileage and no drop-off fees. Use the rate code "DRV5" when making a reservation.

When: The offer is good for rentals March 27 through May 31, with some blackout dates.

Tested: I found availability for this deal even for the Memorial Day holiday period. I selected a rental starting May 24 that would be picked up at Tucson International Airport (TUS) and dropped off May 31 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Total cost: $48, which includes surcharges and fees (but not an optional loss-damage waiver). The car offered was described as a Chevy Aveo or equivalent economy car.

Note too: Hertz also has a Florida Drive for $5 from April 24 through June 12.

Contact: Hertz, (800) 654-3131

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