Chart: Those hidden fees when you collect airline miles for car rentals

June 03, 2011
Fares from Washington DC:

    When you rent a car and try to collect frequent flyer miles, they're not exactly free. Here's what the major car rental companies charge if you want to get the miles. Sometimes it's worth it, sometimes maybe not, depending on how many miles they're offering per rental.

    DAILY CHARGE

    MAXIMUM

    EXCEPTIONS

    ALAMO

    $0.75

    None

    $1.50 per day for Rapid Rewards; approx $0.06 per day for AAdvantage and SkyMiles

    AVIS

    $0.75

    None

    $1.00 per day for Southwest Rapid Rewards, US Airways Dividend Miles;' approx $0.06 per day for AAdvantage and SkyMiles

    BUDGET

    $0.75

    None

    $1.00 per day for US Airways Dividend Miles; approx. $0.06 per day for AAdvantage and SkyMiles

    DOLLAR

    $0.95

    None

    $1.50 per day for Rapid Rewards with a maximum of $8.00 per rental; $0.06 per day for AAdvantage. No charge for Japan, ANA, Emirates, Gulf Air

    ENTERPRISE

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    HERTZ

    $1.00

    $5.25 per rental

    American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles and United Mileage Plus – charge is approx. $0.06 total per day

    NATIONAL

    $0.75

    None

    AAdvantage, approx $0.06 per day

    THRIFTY

    $0.95

    None

    $1.50 per day for Rapid Rewards with a maximum of $8.00 per rental; $0.06 per day for AAdvantage; no charge for Emirates, Gulf Air

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