Car Rental vs Flight

March 19, 2013
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. I will be taking a trip from St. Louis to Rome in April on Delta. Flights from Atlanta to Rome are somewhat cheaper then from St. Louis to Rome. I can drive to Atlanta in less than 12 hours but would like to use a rental car rather than drive my own and pay parking for a week. Are there any car rental agencies that will allow pickup at an airport in one state and return it at another airport in another state? I would be picking up the car at the St. Louis airport and dropping it off at Atlanta. Is this possible and are there any alternatives?



    A. Most -- if not all -- agencies will allow this. These days, everything's possible for a price. Hertz and Enterprise are charging around $200 for one day including tax for a pickup at St.Louis Airport and a drop off at Atlanta within 24 hours. It's possible it might not cost nearly that much, though -- Alamo shows a quote of $50 for one day midweek in April, including taxes and fees, for the same scenario. Though I'd call ahead after booking the reservation to ensure that there's no crazy hidden fees. But if you're going to spend $200 plus gas and tolls, why not just fly? A flight from St. Louis to Atlanta currently costs just $141 including tax on Southwest Airlines.

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