The post-Labor Day period means it's time for Enterprise to bring back their $9.99 per-day weekend special. An offer that's come and gone for at least two decades, Enterprise offers some cars for as low as $9.99 per day (plus taxes) for three-day weekends at many neighborhood locations, with a pick-up on Friday and a return on Monday. Pickups start as early as Friday, September 8 and the current promotion may (or may not) last until May of next year. Why does Enterprise do this?
Limited mileage but rentals start at $9.99 per day.
Access to a car for a base rate of $10 a day is a compelling offer for renter but this isn't about the renter. As a corporate policy, Enterprise stresses utilization rates -- a car sitting on the lot from Friday to Monday is completely unproductive for the company. The rentals give Enterprise agents the ability to sell additional products/services and there's no guarantee that any specific location will offer the rate on a renter's desired weekend; Enterprise can exclude locations and block out dates at any time. These rentals can also be very lucrative for the rental car company when customers exceed the mileage limit. You see, Enterprise places a cap of 100 miles per day (300 for the weekend) on these rentals. Go over that allowance and Enterprise charges 20 cents per mile.
That means some renters have a choice. If a renter wants to be constrained by the 300-mile cap, we're definitely happy to help book these rates if available. However, the heavy road-trip patterns of AutoSlash users means we would ordinarily return rates with unlimited mileage* instead; the unlimited mileage rates often come with little incremental cost and provide much more flexibility for weekend plans.
* Any mileage restrictions from the selected rental car company are listed before booking. If a renter tracks a rental with unlimited mileage at AutoSlash.com/Track, we only search rates with unlimited mileage.
As the example below shows, a renter who would likely exceed the 300-mile cap by as little as 90 miles on a three-day rental (as all of us at AutoSlash would) is better served by sticking with the unlimited mileage option.
After taxes, a qualifying promotional rental usually ends up a bit under $35 with limited mileage.
While an identical rental without the mileage rate might be competitively priced.
The full program terms:
Price shown includes only the base rate charge (Time and Mileage) and excludes applicable to taxes, fees, surcharges and charges for optional products or services, such as Damage Waiver (at $30 or less per day), refueling, drop-off, delivery, youthful driver, additional driver, pick up, or one way rentals, which are the responsibility of the Renter. Offer valid at participating neighborhood locations within the U.S. and Puerto Rico only for rentals reserved in advance. Rental must begin on or after September 7, 2017 and end on or before May 29, 2018. Offer rate of $9.99 per day applies to an Economy or Compact car rented on Friday and ending the following Monday, and includes 100 miles per day. For certain locations, rates of less than $9.99 per day may be available. To see if a lower rate is available, go to the main reservation path on the enterprise.com home page, or contact the location in question directly, before visiting your local branch or making your booking. It is the renter’s responsibility to check for a lower rate. Enterprise reserves the right to terminate the offer or change the terms at any time. Offer is not valid at airport locations and availability is limited. Rates are as posted at time of reservation at enterprise.com. Offer cannot be combined with other coupons, offers or discounted rates. Renter and additional driver(s) must meet renting branch’s standard rental qualifications apply. Additional mandatory charges may be imposed, including, but not limited to, a customer facility charge, airport concession fee, tourism commission assessment, vehicle license recovery fee, or other government imposed taxes or fees. For more information, including an estimate of your total rental cost, visit our Internet Web site at www.enterprise.com. Please check your insurance policy and/or credit card agreement for rental vehicle coverage. Other restrictions, including holiday and blackout dates, may apply. Pick-up and drop-off service is subject to geographic and other restrictions. Void where prohibited.
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