Vehicle Restrictions | Underage Driver Fees
Specifying your age when reserving | Fees, Policies and How Many Young Drivers Allowed
Minimum Age to Rent a Car in Hawaii? | Age 18, 19 | Age 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
|Age 21 to 24
|Age 21 to 24
|Age 21 to 24
|Age 21 to 24
|Age 21 to 24
|Age 20 to 24
$20 to $30/day surcharge
|Age 21 to 24
*Some companies limit the number of underage drivers. See below.
|Age-Restricted Vehicles List: (List may not be complete)|
Full Size SUV
Full Size SUV
|Able to rent all car categories in Hawaii.||SUV
|The minimum age for Adrenaline, Dream and Prestige Collections, as well as select high performance vehicles, is usually 25.||Able to rent all car categories in Hawaii.|
Please note that taxes are added to all Young Driver Surcharges (YDS) in Hawaii. For example, if you are renting from a car rental location that is "on-site," in or at the airport, for example, at the Honolulu Airport, an 11.11% "Concession Recovery Fee" (CRF) will be added to the YDS. You will then be taxed 4.17% Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET) on that total amount. If you're renting from a car rental location that is "off-site," such as Dollar or Thrifty for example, which is not within the Honolulu Airport property, there is no 11.11% "Concession Recovery Fee" charged to the base rental amount or to the YDS. However, the YDS will incur the 4.17% GET tax at all locations as well as the 0.0545% Honolulu County Tax (about 55 cents on a $100 car rental base rate) at Oahu non-airport and offsite locations.
Calculate Taxes on YDS - within Honolulu Airport Terminal Example:
7-day rental x $25/day YDS = $175
$175 x 11.11% CRF = $19.40 + $175 = $194.44
$194.44 x 4.17% GET tax = $202.55 TOTAL YDS (that will be added to your rental)
Many people ask about the reduced age 20 to 24 so-called "underage" or "young driver" fees that Hawaii Car Rentals is offering and...
Are you confused? I would be too. So first, let me apologize for the discrepancies and confusion about this issue. I get so many emails about this subject that I decided to make this web page about the reduced underage driver fee issue. It is an attempt to explain the underage driver issue as best I can and also to satisfy your concerns. The bottom line is that the car rental companies I am partnered with are not going to change their national terms and conditions statements or their websites to accommodate one market - Hawaii (just because we have a special agreement with them). It is up to us, Hawaii Car Rentals, a corporate discount vendor partner of these companies, to explain it to our customers. ... Steve Parquet, Owner, Hawaii Car Rentals.
You don't need any sort of coupon to get our special rates or the reduced underage driver fee with Dollar and Thrifty). You don't need to show or prove anything when you get to Hawaii to pick up your car. The Dollar and Thrifty car rental pick-up desk agent will see these applicable bonuses and rates on his or her computer screen (because they were built into the web link when you reserved the car).
No one who has ever booked through Hawaii Car Rentals (www.hawaiicarrentals.net) using our web links has ever been charged for an additional driver or been overcharged for Dollar or Thrifty young driver fees. I guarantee you will not be overcharged. I always tell peopleif you reserve through our website using our special links, and are charged extra, then I will make sure you are reimbursed. In the many years (since 2003) that I've been renting cars in Hawaii, I've never had to reimburse anyone.
ALAMO: Age 21 to 24
Alamo has the option of specifying the driver's age on their retail website when booking a car. There is no Alamo link where you can book your own car on our website. These reservation have to be manually booked by us.
AVIS/BUDGET: Age 21 to 24
Avis and Budget restrict the car size for young drivers even though you are able to book any size car on our website. There is no place to specify your age on our booking form. Therefore, the YDS will not show up in your estimate. You will still be charged a young driver surcharge at the pickup counter in Hawaii if you are age 21 to 24.
DOLLAR/THRIFTY: Age 21 to 24
Dollar and Thrifty do not restrict the car size for young driver. There is no place to specify your age on our booking form. Therefore, the YDS will not show up in your estimate. You will still be charged a young driver surcharge at the pickup counter in Hawaii if you are age 21 to 24.
ENTERPRISE: Age 21 to 24
There is no place to specify your age on our booking form. Therefore, the YDS will not show up in your estimate. You will still be charged a young driver surcharge at the pickup counter in Hawaii if you are age 21 to 24. Please see READ THIS DISCREPANCY in the Enterprise section below. Please note: When renting through Enterprise, an "undeage" driver can be the main renting driver, but they cannot be added as the additional driver. Only one underage driver allowed.
HERTZ: Age 20 to 24
There is no place to specify your age on our booking form. Therefore, the YDS will not show up in your estimate. You will still be charged a young driver surcharge at the pickup counter in Hawaii if you are age 21 to 24.
Hertz has rental cars for age 20 drivers.
HERTZ - 2017: Age 20 to 24
Surcharges based on driver age may apply. Applicable age surcharges will be reflected in the rate details on the reservation confirmation page. Please see age restrictions.
Hertz Age Differential Charge Policy:
On most retail rentals at corporate locations and participating licensee locations in the US, the minimum age is 25 without an additional Age Differential Charge, and 20 with an additional Age Differential Charge. (Age 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 are assessed an Age Differential Charge, usually $20 to $30/day plus tax).
The Age Differential Charge:
Vehicle Group (Charge per day - $20.00/Day)
(A) Kia Rio or similar
(B) Chevrolet Aveo or similar
(C) Toyota Corolla or similar
(D) Nissan Altima or similar
(F) Chevrolet Malibu or similar
(G) Nissan Maxima or similar
(J) Smart Electric Vehicle
Other vehicles (Charge per day - $30.00/Day)
Prestige & Adrenaline Collections: (Minimum age to rent these vehicles is 25):
"The minimum age for Prestige & Adrenaline Collections, as well as select high performance vehicles, is imperatively 25."
*Corporate Accounts Statement:
*Even though we are a corporate account,
Hertz states - "Certain accounts have agreements with Hertz which permit rentals to young renters. Renters must present a valid identification at the time of rental and additional fees may apply. Please review your account's policies to verify age exceptions. (As stated above, even though we are a corporate account, we DO NOT have an agreement with Hertz where age 18 or 19 are allowed to rent any cars).
At this time, a $25 - $27/day underage driver surcharge fee applies to drivers who are under 25 years old (age 21-24). If the underage driver is your spouse or domestic partner, with Avis and Budget, the additional driver fee is waived. But as an underage driver, that fee will still apply.
Because of special arrangements that Hawaii Car Rentals has with Thrifty Car Rentals (for Hawaii only), we are able to offer car rentals in Hawaii to drivers age 21 to 24 (under 25) at a reduced $8/day fee instead of the usual $27/day fee. Please note that renters under the age of 25 are "able to rent all car categories." There is nothing special that you have to do in order to get the reduced underage fee. Simply by booking your car with our special web link (and NOT selecting "See Standard Rates") enables this bonus. (See the Thrifty EXCEPTION)
Specials, Hot Deals, Wild Cards -
When you're making your car rental reservation on the Thrifty reservations page(s), sometimes Hot Deals, Specials, Wild cards or other discounts are displayed. If you click on one of those offers, you can definitely take advantage of the offer - you might even get a lower rate than we can offer at that particular time. However, if you do take advantage of the offer, please be advised that you will lose the young driver surcharge reduction as well as the additional driver fee waiver that are offered by Hawaii Car Rentals. By clicking on one of those specials, you may now have even been bumped from our corporate discount web link code (the special Hawaii only corporate agreement that we have with Thrifty). In that case, you will not be entitled to our special rates and waivers even if you then decided to NOT take advantage of the Thrifty retail website special offers and tried to reserve a car during the same session. Whether you did or did not accept one of these offers on the Thrifty retail website and you'd like to go back and make a do-over or a different reservation so you can get our special rates and waivers, here's our corporate discount link: http://hawaiicarrentals.thrifty.com. It's the same corporate discount link that is on our rates pages. Just make sure you see our corporate ID number in the Corporate slot. And don't forget to cancel your other reservation if you made one. It's probably best if you close and reopen your browser and start over.
See Standard Rates / See Corporate Rates -
When you book through www.hawaiicarrentals.net with Thrifty and get to the "select a car" page, please be advised if you click on "See Standard rates" (see the graphic below that looks like this ), it will show you a set of rates that may or may not be lower than our corporate discount rates. Because of supply and demand, on that particular day, if there is an overstock of cars that Thrifty needs to get rented out, the "standard rates" might be lower on their retail website than our corporate discount rates. That's great - go ahead and book a car at that rate - But please be advised, if you select a standard rate car, you will NOT be entitled to any additional bonuses at all, such as underage driver surcharge fee discount or additional driver fee waivers. You WILL be charged $27/day if you are 21 to 24 and you will be charged for additional drivers (usually $12/day). Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do after the fact to help you out on this. Nevertheless, do not despair, in many cases, the total cost of the rental might not be much more costly than if you had not selected standard rates. But that depends on how low the standard rates offered were on that particular day. Lots of times it turns out to be, as they say, "six of one, half dozen of the other."
Thrifty Does Not Allow Double Benefits:
Like all companies, Thrifty does not allow double benefits. We've all seen or heard the statement, "may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion." - ie: a lower than our corporate rate AND the additional driver fee waivers and underage driver surcharge fee discounts. But if having these bonuses are not an issue for you and the standard (retail) rate is lower than our corporate discount rate that day, by all means, go with the lower rate. I certainly would. In many cases, if you inadvertently happen to select "standard rates" and not our "corporate rates" because they were lower and you also have to pay for an additional driver or the full underage fee, the total cost of the rental might not be a whole lot different than if you had selected corporate rates and didn't have to pay for those bonuses. But all that depends on how low the standard rates that were offered that day were. Lots of times it turns out to be, as they say, "six of one, half dozen of the other."
Because of special arrangements that Hawaii Car Rentals has with Enterprise Rent-A-Car (for Hawaii only), we are able to offer car rentals in Hawaii to drivers age 21 to 24 (under 25) a reduced fee of up to $25/day instead of the usual $27/day fee that some other car rental companies charge. Please note that renters under the age of 25 are normally restricted to economy through full size vehicles only. There is nothing special that you have to do or prove in order to get the reduced underage fee. Simply by booking your car with our special web link enables this bonus.
READ THIS DISCREPANCY: Enterprise is supposed to be $25/day at all Hawaii locations. When you make a reservations, you may notice that there may or may not be a YOUNG RENTER FEE charged. Please be advised that when you finalize your bill at the drop-off counter, you will be charged even if your reservation does not show a charge. We've called our Enterprise rep and also some Enterprise Hawaii locations and they all say for our corporate account it's supposed to be $25/day at all locations.
PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to call Enterprise Rent-A-Car to confirm the young driver surcharge amount or that the Additional Driver Fee is Waived, please call 808-836-0130. *Be sure to mention that you have booked or are going to book through Tradewinds Travel Group - www.HawaiiCarRentals.net for Corporate Customer Number: TGR3602 and IATA/ARC #03534123. If you don't tell them these numbers, or you call Enterprise's mainland or 800 number, they may NOT acknowledge the waivers, not to mention our discounted rates. Hawaii has its own special rates, discounts and waivers programs that are different from Enterprise mainland. Our Hawaii corporate agreement supersedes Enterprises national terms and conditions. If you have already made your reservation, have your reservation number available so they can look it up if necessary.
What are you supposed to do?
If you contact me, I can direct you to a few private rental car outlets in Honolulu ONLY who will rent to young, "underage drivers" who are 18 or 19 years old. NOTE: I don't know these companies directly and I've never rented from them before. I've read some reviews - some people had really fine experiences and other people had terrible experiences. Rent at your own risk!
As per our contractual agreements, none of the car rental companies we represent will rent to anyone who is not at least 21, or 20 years old in the case of Hertz. If you are 18 or 19 years old, it is our understanding that you can rent a Dollar Car Rental (with cash or credit card or Traveler's Checks) for Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island through Blue Sky Tours Hawaii (BSTH), but only by going through your local travel agent if your travel agent is registered with BSTH. You cannot book a car rental directly with BSTH; you are required to go through a travel agent and the travel agent must be registered with BSTH. BSTH rates appear to be competitive with our rates, perhaps a bit more, but unlike www.HawaiiCarRentals.net, there are no underage driver surcharge fee discounts nor fee waivers for additional drivers. If you are 18 or 19 years old, expect to pay an underage surcharge fee of something like $30/day ($210/week) plus airport tax, plus Honolulu City tax, plus Hawaii sales tax. The underage driver fee is in addition to the car rental base rate, taxes and fees. Check with your local travel agent to see if they are registered with BSTH.
*Please note that the most up to date information can be found on the car rental company websites.
This information may change at any time without notice.
Once again, our apologies for the confusion. Have a great time in Hawaii.
Steve Parquet, owner