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Avis just launched an interesting new offer: $9.99 base rate for a 12-hour, one-way rental between participating airports and city locations. What’s even better, the rate includes up to a full tank of gas, meaning you don’t have to find a station to fill up at before dropping the car off. You don’t even have to scrimp for an economy car as this $9.99 rate is for vehicles up to full-size.

Here’s the pricing by car type:

  • Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Full-Size: $9.99
  • Premium, Intermediate SUV: $14.99
  • Standard SUV: $17.99
  • Minivan: $19.99

This seems to be a move to make rental cars relevant again in the age of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. In addition to providing a cheap option to get to/from the airport, this opens up the opportunity to sightsee or run errands along the way.

However, there are some limitations to keep in mind. The rate will only appear on one-way rentals between qualifying US airports and specific city locations. For example, you have to pick up or return NYC airport rentals at one of nine locations:

These pairings also mean that you can’t use this promotion to fly into a nearby city and drive to your desired destination.

Also, there are day-of-the-week limitations:

  • Airport to Downtown rentals: pickup must occur on a Thursday or Friday
  • Downtown to Airport rentals: pickup must occur on a Sunday or Monday

The rate only allows 150 free miles during your 12-hour rental. Although, going over will only set you back $0.10 per mile.

Be aware there are generic “offers may not be available during holiday and other blackout periods; rate surcharges during peak periods may apply” terms and conditions. And the deal “may not be combined with any AWD number, coupon, promotion or offer.” However, when I entered the AAdvantage Avis discount code, not only did I find the deal, but the prices actually dropped further to $9.49 base rate.

That means this Avis promo might also be a great way of earning up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for a cheap rental — which is an easy way of checking an item off the list for the new AAdvantage holiday tiered promotion. Not an AAdvantage fan? Many other mileage and points programs also have Avis partnerships. However, as it’s only available one-way, this promo isn’t going to be as easy to pull off 37 rentals in two days.

This article has been updated to clarify NYC airport and city location pairings. Thanks to David for pointing out this mistake.

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