It's uncommon for people not to have a credit card. However, there are those who either don't enjoy traveling with their credit card or who just don't have one. When it comes to finding a rental car company that allows you to pay cash you may have some trouble finding one.
Most rental car companies allow you to pay cash for a final payment option, but in order to take the rental off the company's property you will more often than not need a credit card. The reasoning behind this is very simple, cash-only rentals are a risky trade-off for rental companies. The potential for the rental car company to lose money is higher with these types of rentals versus those that only allow credit cards to secure the transaction.
Only Dollar Rent-A-Car allows customers to use cash-only transactions to rent. They do not require a credit card for picking up a vehicle for rent. However, those customers that choose this option will need to visit a travel agent in their area and prepay them with currency or traveler's checks to get a prepaid voucher. In other words, Dollar will accept a prepaid voucher that you paid cash for before you got to Hawaii. The details on this are below in the I DO NOT have a credit card section.
The prepaid voucher can then be used for the rental car transaction. Dollar will charge an additional cash deposit for incidentals. After the rental has been returned and an inspection has been done, the customer will either have to pay out more cash for additional fees incurred or they will receive cash back from the rental car company if the fees that were prepaid were in excess.
There are certain cash qualification requirements that must be met before a customer will be allowed to pay cash. The renter must meet all the requirements, including age requirements to qualify for a prepaid voucher. The customer must also show their airline ticket or current itinerary and it must contain their name, date of flight, destination information and also the flight number.
For customers who are not citizens of the U.S., Mexico or Canada, they must show a passport and also a license from their home country that includes their name, date of birth, license number and expiration date of the license.
Additional information a renter should have includes a hotel itinerary or voucher, hotel phone number and if they are staying at a private condo or residence, they must provide the phone number at that location. Those who are camping will not qualify for a cash voucher.
All the car rental companies accept cash as final payment at the counter when you return the rental. However, when you pick up your rental, unless you have a cash pre-payment voucher, you will need to present a valid credit card with the same name that is on your valid driver's license. See more detailed information about paying with a credit card, debit card, prepaid card, gift card, credit card holds, deposits and final payments in cash.
YES. Anytime you reserve through this website, you are entitled to our special rates, discounts, bonuses and waivers. You can pay cash when you return the car.
Yes, but restrictions apply. Only Dollar Rent-A-Car will allow you to rent without showing a credit card at the pickup counter. But to rent a car from Dollar with no credit card, you will need to go to your local travel agent, pre-pay them, and get a Prepaid Voucher.
What we know for sure is that travel agents who have a special arrangement with Blue Sky Tours Hawaii (BSTH) can arrange a Dollar prepay car rental. Your travel agent must be registered with BSTH in order to reserve a Dollar "cash pay" rental through them for you. To find a local travel agent in your area that is registered with BSTH, go to www.blueskytours.com and enter your zip code in the slot. If there are no BSTH registered travel agents in your zip code, try some surrounding zip codes, or ask your local travel agent to register with BSTH.
Yes. It is our understanding, after speaking with a representative of BSTH on the phone, you can be as young as 18 years old and still be able to get a pre-paid voucher and rent a car at Dollar. There is a $30 per day underage driver surcharge.
We see no reason why a travel agent wouldn't accept traveler's checks. As far as if they will accept your debit card, you'll need to ask them.
Probably. Since airlines, hotels, cruise ship companies, etc. lowered travel agent commissions, in order to stay in business, most travel agents may charge a booking fee.
Yes. There are special "Cash Qualification Requirements" in order to receive a pre-paid voucher.
Yes. You will be asked for an additional mandatory cash deposit at the counter to pay for any charges that you may possibly incur. If there are no additional charges when you return the car, any unused money will be refunded to you. The items you may need to pay a deposit for can be such things as, but not limited to, the following: