I received an email from Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, promoting their relationship with Turo.
Turo is a Car Sharing marketplace - think AirBNB, but instead of staying in someone’s residence, you are renting a person’s personal vehicle.
After researching Turo, I decided to move forward with booking a car through their website (for my Disney trip next April).
Utilizing the Southwest Airlines link, I booked a 2016 Toyota Corolla for 11 days, for $295 (after a $25 Off promo code as First Time User), Because I used the Southwest Airlines link, I’ll also get 2,000 SW miles. I can cancel my reservation up to 24 hours in advance.
The only downside I see is that payment is due at the time that the reservation is accepted by the owner (if I cancel, my payment is refunded to my credit card).
I can imagine that some people might find it weird to ‘rent’ someone else’s car. However, it appears that Turo vets it’s owners pretty well, and that those owners reputations are on the line (much like AirBNB owners have ratings, so do Turo owners). Looking through various car reviews, you can see numerous comments about how clean the cars are, how easy the owner was to work with, how quickly they responded to requests, etc. Once I read the reviews, I realized that borrowing someone’s car isn’t any stranger than staying in a hotel room and sleeping in a bed that HUNDREDS of other people have slept in.
I made sure to filter my car selection to include free delivery - the owner will bring the car to me at MCO, and I can return it there too. I saw that some cars do not have delivery available, or, that there’s an additional charge. There’s also options to add child seats, whether to return the car with full tank, etc.
The best car rental deal that I had received so far (and I’ve been looking often) had been @ $450 for 11 days, so I’m pretty happy about this $295 score. I’ll continue to look though, and I’ll let you know how my experience works out.
Does anyone have any experience with Turo?