Car rental gift certificates can be a great gift idea for the frequent renter that you may know. While they don't take the place of having to show credit identification, if you're
looking to help someone pay for a rental car, it's an option that is available for a few companies.
You may find this easier than giving someone cash, writing a cheque or wiring a money order.
I did some research and found two car rental companies that offer gift certificate information on their respective websites (company links open in a new window).
gift certificates can be purchased by calling 1-877-467-8471 between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM Eastern Time.
Note: At the time of pick up, for either Avis or Budget, there will still be a credit hold placed on your credit card for the rental. The credit card must be in the name of the renter.
When the rental car is returned and the total amount of the rental cost is calculated, the gift certificate(s) may be redeemed toward the cost of the rental. It's important to know that, once purchased, the certificates — and any unused portion of the redeemed certificate — are not refundable. If you have $200 in certificates and the rental charges total $187.50, you will not get back the $12.50