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The 10 Most Expensive Cities for Airport Car Rentals in the US

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by Jori Ayers Aug 26, 2021

Rental cars have been hard to come by this summer as the US experienced a shortage. And with a low supply and a very high demand, the prices of car rentals have skyrocketed. CheapCarRental, a website that allows prospective renters to compare prices between car rental companies, has noted that “rental car rates across the United States are, on average, about 50% higher now than last year, looking at rates from August 2020. In certain cities, including Minneapolis, Seattle and Boston, average rates have doubled year over year.”

To make sure future renters plan their vacation with all the necessary information at their disposal, CheapCarRental conducted a survey that compared airport car rentals rates at the top 100 US airports.

Anchorage, AK, leads the top 10 with an eye-watering average weekly rate of $1451. The top 10 ranking includes four cities in Hawaii.

The 10 most expensive cities for airport car rentals in the US:
(Prices are average weekly rates — from Sunday to Saturday — for the most affordable rental cars, August 1-31, 2021.)

  1. Anchorage (ANC): $1451
  2. Lihue (LIH): $1065
  3. Portland (PDX): $965
  4. Kona (KOA): $948
  5. Honolulu (HNL): $937
  6. Kahului (OGG): $895
  7. Portland (PWM): $840
  8. Seattle (SEA): $746
  9. Boise (BOI): $701
  10. Minneapolis (MSP): $690

If you want to know if your next vacation destination is one of the top 100 most expensive cities for airport car rentals in the US, check out CheapCarRental’s full ranking.

And if renting a car proves too pricey, check out Matador Network‘s guide to the best car rental alternatives for cheaper options.

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