Search for cheap rental cars in Hawaii with airport rental car pick-up and drop-off. We help to find best rental car discounts in Hawaii, including Avis, Alamo, Budget & more with locations in:
Oahu: Honolulu International Airport HNL
Maui: Kahului Airport OGG
Kauai: Lihue Airport LIH
Big Island: Kona International Airport KOA
Big Island: Hilo Airport ITO
No credit card is needed for your reservation. You pay at counter at nearby pick-up location. HawaiiActive.com works with all major car companies, including Avis, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, and Dollar.
Car Rent at HawaiiActive.com always provides discount rates for Economy Cars, Compact Cars, Mid Size Cars, Standard Cars, Full Size Cars, Premium Cars, Convertible Cars, Jeep 2-Door & Jeep 4-Door, Midsize SUV, Mini-Van, Luxury Cars, Standard & Full-size SUV’s.
Hawaii Car Rental Tips
12 TIPS WHEN RENTING A CAR IN HAWAII
Need wheels for your Hawaii vacation? Renting a car can give you freedom and flexibility, and in the Hawaiian Islands it's the only feasible way to get around.
Hawaii is not like Las Vegas, New York or Los Angeles where taxis are plentiful and convenient. You'll find it very expensive to get around by taxi if you want to get out of your resort area on any of the Hawaiian Islands.
There are some public transit options but figuring out the routes and time schedules takes a lot of time out of your well-deserved vacation. Oahu has the best bus options and Maui takes second as far as public transit convenience. The Big Island and Kauai are quite limited in public transportation.
So unless you're comfortable hanging out at the hotel or resort every day of your vacation in the Hawaii, you’ll want to secure a car rental. The islands are unique in topography because the towns are mostly scattered along coastal regions, and it’s not unusual to travel as much as 45 minutes in between towns.
Don’t be afraid to rent a car because you don’t know your way around. Other than Waikiki, most of the roads you’ll drive are basic 2-lane highways that simply circle the island, north, east, south, and west with the Pacific Ocean always to one side. It's very hard to get lost. But adding GPS option is very convenient and well worth it if you are geographically challenged.
There are many options available and car rental services in Hawaii are more convenient than ever. But renting a car will allow you to get out there and discover all the different climates and charm each island possesses.
MAKING RESERVATIONS FOR CAR RENTAL IN HAWAII
1. Book Hawaii Car Rentals Online
Best bet is to shop online at this site – Hawaii Car Rental -- and save up to 33% compared to prices you'll find at the big car rental agencies websites. It's quick and easy to make reservations, and you are not required to give your credit card to make one.
2. Book Your Reservations Early
The best advice when renting a car, book your reservations early. It is common for car rentals to be sold out during peak season, they also get much more expensive… you know… supply and demand. Rates depend on how many vehicles the company has on the lot at the time the rental is made, so sooner is better.
3. Make Multiple Reservations
Don’t hesitate to make multiple reservations and cancel the ones that don’t offer a better deal. Most rental agencies have really flexible cancellation policies.
4. Choose Your Rental Vehicle Carefully
Before making your reservation, consider what kind of vehicle you'll need. If you're traveling with children or with a lot of gear – golf, scuba tanks, etc. -- you may want a large sedan or SUV. If you're simply looking to save money on rental rates and gas, you'll want to reserve the smallest available model. But size may not be the only factor. Compare prices to make sure you are getting the best deal for your needs.
5. Determine How Long to Rent Your Car
Renting a day at a time four for just a few days can often be more expensive than renting for an entire week. It is usually best to rent week-long packages as these are generally priced lower than any other. Renting at the airports is the most convenient way because you have a car immediately on deplaning and can easily turn it in when departing the island
PICKING UP YOUR HAWAII CAR RENTAL
6. Car Rental Requirements
Requirements to rent a car in Hawaii are that you are over 21 and have a credit card. A passport is required for all non-U.S. citizens. Alamo is currently the only car rental agency that allows cash car rentals. Customers planning to rent with cash must bring the following documentation to the rental counter: valid driver's license, a return ticket from an airline, cruise ship, or train, verifiable employment, verifiable home phone number, or a current verifiable gas or electric bill with the renter's name and address. All documentation must be in the renter's name. A cash deposit will be required in addition to the cost of the rental.
You can use a debit card to rent a car as long as 1) you are over 25 (this only affects Alamo), and 2) your debit card has the Visa or MasterCard logo. Please be aware that some locations will check your credit with a national credit verification bureau. Other locations might not check your credit, but will require you to present a third form of identification from the following list:
• A round-trip airline ticket, e-ticket, or travel itinerary to or from the airport rental disclosing a return date and showing the renter's name (not necessary if renting from an off-airport location)
• A valid U.S. passport or current U.S. military identification card
• A current vehicle insurance card
• A current copy (within the last 60 days) of the customer's cellular phone bill, home telephone bill, bank statement or utility bill
7. Getting Car Insurance
Whether or not to get insurance on your car rental is really up to you and how comfortable you are with taking the risks of driving a vehicle you may end up being fully responsible for in the case of a mishap.
When picking up your rental car, you'll be offered a collision damage waiver (CDW) and a loss damage waiver (LDW). The first covers you in the event of a collision, while the second covers any loss to the rental company. Both kinds of coverage are a good idea, but not if they duplicate coverage already included in your own insurance policy.
The good news is that your personal car insurance policy probably covers you already. The best thing to do first is call your car insurance agent to see what your options are. The rules vary from one insurer to the next and are subject to change frequently
8. Getting Upgrades Upon arrival, you might be able to get an upgraded vehicle if inventory on your reserved model is sold out. Don't let them downgrade if you can. Insist on a better vehicle at the reserved price.
9. Refueling Options
At the rental counter you'll be given 3 options regarding refueling the rental. You can choose to prepay for a tank of gas, usually at a special (lower) rate, which allows you to return it with any amount of fuel in the tank. Or you can choose to refuel before you return the car at the going rate for gas at stations near the airport. The final, most expensive option, is to return the car and let the rental agency refuel it for you this is by far the most expensive It is cheapest to always fill the tank yourself before returning the vehicle so that you're only paying for the amount of gas you actually used. Avoid the more expensive gas stations near the airport where you're dropping off your car. Fill up a few miles away. If you have a smart phone you can always check GasBuddy.com to find the cheapest gas prices are in the area.
10. Be Prepared to Wait
Lines at most rental counters can be long, especially if a number of flights have just disembarked at your airport. Some families have one person go to the rental counter as soon as deplaning, while the another waits for the luggage at Bagge Claim. This can often save a good deal of time and give you longer to enjoy your Hawaii vacation.
DRIVING & RETURNING YOUR CAR
11. Breakdowns and Accidents
If your rental car breaks down while in Hawai'i be sure to call the emergency 800 number provided with your rental documents. If you fail to call them first, repair and/or towing expenses might not be paid for by the agency. After you call them, call your own insurance to see if they'll cover any costs the rental agency won't (like a blown tire, etc.).
12. Returning Your Car
If you return your car early, you may encounter an Early Return Fee, and even worse, your rate structure will probably change and might end up paying more. Returning the car late will cost you -- many car rental companies provide only a 30-minute grace period before dinging you with Late Fees.
Before leaving the vehicle, check to make sure you haven't left any personal belongings, including the trunk! Be sure the attendant inspects the car's body in your presence and that you agree concerning any damage. Examine your receipt carefully for all charges and make you are credited any deposit before you leave.