Military Car Rental Discounts for Official or Leisure Travel

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If you’re a member of the US military, you’re entitled to significant discounts on car rental, whether traveling on official business or for personal reasons.  When traveling on temporary duty (TDY) or other official business, the rental includes perks and benefits like liability insurance, underage and additional driver fee waivers, and more.

Many car rental companies offer discounts to service members for leisure or other personal travel, although benefits like additional and underage driver fee waivers may not apply.  Sometimes coupons or promo codes are also available that are good for perks like free upgrades – these may be valid for official travel, leisure travel, or both.

The US government has negotiated reduced car rental rates with every major car rental company, along with the following additional benefits*:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Free collision damage waiver (CDW) and/or loss damage waiver (LDW)
  • Free liability coverage
  • No underage driver fee for drivers age 18-25
  • No fee for additional drivers
  • No minimum rental period
  • No advance reservation required

* These benefits are included with every government car rental and are available from all rental companies with US government contracts.

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Military Car Rental Discounts for Official Travel

Note: most car rental companies allow you to earn frequent flyer miles on car rentals for official military business or temporary duty travel (TDY).

How to Get Military Car Rental Discounts Directly from Rental Companies

Some car rental agencies offer military car rental discounts through the use of coupons and/or discount codes, which is usually less painful than booking the rental through the Defense Travel System (see below for more information on using DTS to book a car rental). You may be asked to present your military ID and travel orders when picking up the vehicle.

To ensure you get the US military car rental discount rate and associated benefits, check the rental contract for the mandatory Government Administrative Rate Supplement (GARS) fee of $5.00 per day. If this fee appears, you are covered under the DoD rental program. If the GARS fee doesn’t appear in the rental agreement, inform the counter agent that you’re traveling on official military business and ask them to make sure you are getting the proper discounted rate and the other benefits noted above.

The following car rental companies offer discounts to military members directly on their websites (or by calling):

  • Alamo Rent-A-Car Military Discount for Official Travel
    • Stack the following codes (use them simultaneously):
      • Enter GOVBIZ in the contract ID field (if not visible, click “Add Discount Code”).
      • Enter coupon code AU5751ADC for a free single upgrade to the next higher car class.

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DTS – The Defense Travel System

The Defense Travel System (DTS) allows US Department of Defense Travelers to book discounted car rentals and make other travel arrangements.  Travelers can use DTS to create authorizations and travel orders (TDY), make reservations, receive approvals, generate travel vouchers, and manage reimbursements.  Various training and other resources are available for new DTS users.

You can also use Fedtravel.com to search for and reserve vehicles, but the rates are generally pretty high.

Other useful links for DoD / US military travelers:

  • Rental Assistance Tool
    • Use for accidents or assistance with car rental customer service matter
    • An extension of DTMO

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Important Things to Know About the US Military Car Rental Discount Program

  • Not all locations of an approved car rental company participate in the program.
  • Using a Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) or showing official travel orders does not guarantee you’re renting under the program. Make sure that the GARS fee appears in the rental agreement as described above.
  • Roadside assistance is provided at no additional cost for any mechanical defect with the vehicle. Flat tires, jump starts, and fuel service are not covered unless they are mechanically related.
  • Unauthorized vehicle use is not covered and travelers are responsible for any loss or damage incurred. Unauthorized use is pretty much limited to things you shouldn’t be doing in a rental car anyway, and includes things like illegal use of the vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating the vehicle off-road, pushing another vehicle, using incorrect fuel, etc.
  • Vehicles rented under the program are to be used for official business only. In most cases, this means that friends, family, and even government contractors are not allowed to ride in the vehicle.
  • When you rent a car under the program, the rental company can’t automatically charge you for fuel upon the return of the vehicle without your written consent. You must return the vehicle full of gas; use your judgment as to whether you should pre-purchase the fuel when you pick up the vehicle (usually more expensive than the price per gallon at a gas station).
  • The details of the program are contained in the US Government Car Rental Agreement

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In Case of an Accident or Other Problems

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) is available to assist you in case of accidents or other problems, including customer service issues you may have with the car rental company.  Except for accidents, you should first attempt to resolve the situation with the car rental company.  If you’re not able to do so or the vehicle has been in an accident, use the Rental Assistance Tool to start an assistance request.   You can also use the tool to provide general feedback on your rental experience.

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Military Car Rental Discounts for Leisure Travel

A number of car rental companies offer discounts to military members on leisure or other personal, non-business travel. Valid military ID will be required when you pick up the vehicle. Rentals are not subject to the terms of the US Government Car Rental Agreement, meaning that the renter is responsible for additional fees for loss damage waiver (LDW), collision damage waiver (CDW), underage drivers, additional drivers, and the like.

Note: most car rental companies allow you to earn frequent flyer miles on car rentals for personal leisure travel.

  • Alamo Rent-A-Car Military Discount for Leisure Travel

    • Stack the following codes (use them simultaneously):
      • When renting a car from Alamo, enter GOVRNR in the contract ID field to get the military car rental discount for leisure travel.
      • Enter coupon code AU5751ADC for a free single upgrade to the next higher car class.
  • Avis Rent-A-Car Military Discount for Leisure Travel

    • For Avis military car rental discounts on personal travel, enter A555084 in the AWD number field when making the reservation.
    • If this field is not visible, check the “I have a discount code” box.
    • This code entitles you to 25% off internet rates.

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Veterans Advantage Car Rental Discounts

Veterans Advantage is a card program for active duty personnel, veterans, retired military personnel, or their family members.  The program offers discounts and benefits from major retailers.  There is a monthly cost to join.  Usually a 30-day free trial membership is available.

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Hertz Business Rewards Car Rental Discount Program

USAA Car Rental Discounts

USAA offers auto, home, and life insurance for military members, retired military, and their families.  Once you are a USAA policy holder, you’re entitled to a fair range of discounts from travel providers, including the following car rental companies ( to access the discounts, click here, then click “Our Products” at upper left and locate the Travel Deals section).

  • Avis Rent-A-Car USAA Car Rental Discount

    • Up to 25% off internet rates, plus free young and additional driver fee waivers
    • Enter A177232 in the “AWD number” field.
  • Budget Rent-A-Car USAA Car Rental Discount

    • Up to 20% off internet rates, plus free young and additional driver fee waivers
    • Enter Y126501 in the “BCD number” field.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car USAA Car Rental Discount

    • Up to 5% off at participating locations, plus free young and additional driver fee waivers.
    • Click here and click “Rent Now” under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car logo to reserve your vehicle.
  • Hertz Car Rental USAA Car Rental Discount

    • Up to 25% off internet rates, plus an additional 10% if you pay at time of reservation.
    • Enter 77694 in the “CDP number” field.

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