The Definitive Young Renters Thread: 18-20, 21-24

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Current underage fee waiver code quick reference:

Use either a CDP or a PC:

CDPs
AAA: various codes listed here - fee now waived for AAA members age 20-24 as confirmed here
USAA: 77694 - for USAA members age 18-24
Hertz Gold Family: 1826991 - Technically only for those who signed up for Hertz Gold Plus Rewards (free) through this link: http://hertz.com/goldfamily, though not likely enforced - Seems to no longer work in U.S. but continues to work in Canada


PCs
Current underage fee wavier PC: 106934 - fee reduced to $9.99/day through 3/31 (possibly no longer valid as of 3/4?)
Please add one if anything comes up in the future!

Are there other CDPs? If you find them, please post them in this thread.

Alternative companies and options
USAA member discount at other companies: Avis: A177232, Budget: Y126501, Enterprise: ALNCWBA
Avis: reports are that the Visa cardholders discount (B204400) removes the underage fee--do a test booking at Avis.com to check
Budget: If renting in Canada, the Costco Executive Member code appears to waive the underage driver fee (source)
Dollar: reduced underage driver fee of $9.99/day through 3/31 when booking with coupon code 101080

Summary of the situation

Here's what we've discussed/researched/experienced so far:
Age 21-24
  • Daily "Age Differential Charge"
    • Lower daily charge - varies by location, approx $15 - Classes A, B, C, D, F, G, J
    • Higher daily charge - varies by location, approx $25 - all others except Prestige & Adrenaline
  • Daily fee is easily waived with a PC or these CDPs: Hertz Gold Family, USAA.
  • Fee is also waived for US Government Employees and Military (travelling at leisure or on orders, ID and orders authorizing car rental required or paying with a federal government-issued credit card).
  • Prestige and Adrenaline are never rentable under 25.
  • In Mississippi the minimum age is 21 by law.

Age 18-20
  • Mandated by law in NY, MI and also allowed in QC. Age Differential Charge is $41 per day and could vary. (Underage fee waiver by PC and Hertz Gold Family CDP is for 21-24 only.)
  • USAA members 18-20 years old can rent anywhwere in the United States with no fee.
    • USAA "program benefits apply only at participating locations in the United States. They do not apply to international rentals or if the rental agreement terms have been violated."
    • "Reminder: You may be requested to present your USAA-Hertz Discount Card or USAA Member Card for identification at the time and place of rental."
  • US Government Employees/Military 18-20 years old travelling on orders (ID and orders authorizing car rental required or paying with a federal government-issued credit card) are also able to rent with no fee.
  • Only vehicles available are classes A, B, C, D, F.
To read the Hertz policy at a specific location:
1) Click this link for Rental Requirements.
2) Select the location.
3) Click the name of the location when found.
4) Select "Age Requirements" from the drop down box.
Outstanding questions

1) Will the USAA CDP work for limited members?

USAA is an organization for US military, veterans, and their families. You must meet this qualification in order to get USAA insurance. But anybody can join USAA for free as a limited member.

What has yet to be reported here is if the limited membership qualifies for all the USAA Hertz benefits, which includes the under age fee being waived. And of course anybody could use USAA CDP and hope their membership isn't verified, but what if there were a bad accident? Things could get ugly and lawyers would certainly get involved.

In practice, Hertz seems not to discriminate between limited and full members of USAA. Actually, Hertz almost never even asks for identification to prove USAA membership, but in the event they do, providing your USAA number, a screenshot of the USAA page, or something else showing affiliation should be sufficient. Consequences after the fact if damage is involved remain unclear, though.

2) Are there any states/locations beside NY and MI that rent to under 20?

Per roymustang: "USAA members may rent as young as 18 years old, except where prohibited by state law, such as the aforementioned Mississippi. Front-line employees may resist but managers should be aware of this perk."

3) What about outside of the USA?

Per GW McLintock: "The underage PC only works in the USA and Canada. CDP waivers I believe will work outside of the US, but it may be best to get in touch with the location or customer service beforehand just to confirm. I would expect to be given a hard time especially at licensed franchises abroad."

Additional places to look for PCs
- The coupon sticky thread: PC and RQ Registry - Promotion Codes and Rate Codes only
- Hertz.com- Facebook
- Twitter
- Email and snailmail from Hertz
- All around the interwebs
- When you find new codes, be sure to post them in the coupon sticky thread

Originally based on material posted by Rut Dog; used by permission
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Old Oct 23, 19, 11:17 am
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Just wanted to confirm, at 22 with a AAA CDP, can I rent a Standard Sport D2? I would assume so since it's not a prestige or adrenaline model...
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Old Oct 24, 19, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by Mcdonoughdr View Post
Just wanted to confirm, at 22 with a AAA CDP, can I rent a Standard Sport D2? I would assume so since it's not a prestige or adrenaline model...
It depends on the location and the employee. Most will let you but some will give you trouble.
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Old Oct 24, 19, 5:29 pm
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I was given a regular Camaro (indeed D2) on a midsize reservation as a 21 yo by a Hertz clerk and I didn't even ask for it I think it helps if you don't look like a street racer haha

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Old Oct 27, 19, 4:12 pm
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USAA seems to be attempting to enforce it. Booking through the most recent version of the USAA app now gives a pop-up message warning that you must be insurance eligible to use the rental car discounts. Never seen that before.
Similarly, what if you are insurance eligible but haven't purchased insurance (and no military id)? Enterprise says you may be asked for USAA insurance or military id at check-in, but I don't want to purchase the insurance as it's all higher premiums than what I've got--yet I could purchase it if I wanted.
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Old Nov 1, 19, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by DFreer View Post
Similarly, what if you are insurance eligible but haven't purchased insurance (and no military id)? Enterprise says you may be asked for USAA insurance or military id at check-in, but I don't want to purchase the insurance as it's all higher premiums than what I've got--yet I could purchase it if I wanted.
Enterprise is known to rigorously enforce their policies. Hertz is a little more hit or miss. Technically, USAA defines a "member" as a policy holder and the rental car discount is a member-only benefit. But I'd agree that the "insurance eligible" wording is confusing.
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Old Nov 29, 19, 8:13 am
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Does anyone know how you sign up to Hertz Gold Plus whilst being 20?

I saw there is a way to do it through AAA but somehow it won't let me.
Hertz doesn't want to help me either
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Old Dec 4, 19, 4:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Siepie250 View Post
Does anyone know how you sign up to Hertz Gold Plus whilst being 20?

I saw there is a way to do it through AAA but somehow it won't let me.
Hertz doesn't want to help me either
IIRC a friend's daughter was able to do it by signing up with the "wrong" birthday and then updating her birth year after registering.
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Old Dec 5, 19, 1:22 pm
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IIRC a friend's daughter was able to do it by signing up with the "wrong" birthday and then updating her birth year after registering.
I ended up using the sign up link from USAA and then changed the CDP code to my Flying blue program to get a discount. Thanks though!
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