Government FAQs

Have questions about Thrifty's government rates, perks, plans, or benefits? See our frequently asked government-related questions.

Q - What is the Government Administrative Rate Supplement (GARS) fee?
A - This is a $5 per day fee mandated by the U.S. Government to the car rental industry.

Q - Are government rates available to Federal government/U.S. Military employees on leisure/non-official travel?
A - Yes, the same low government rates available for official government travel is also available to government employees on leisure/non-official travel. However, other benefits such as unlimited mileage and free Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) are not available for leisure/non-official travel.

Q - What are Thrifty’s government rates?
A - To find out how competitive Thrifty’s government rates are, please check with your local Travel Agent.

Q - What car classes are available under Thrifty's government rates?
A -
Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Fullsize, Luxury, SUV, and Minivans.

Q - Are special or discounted rates available for weekly or monthly rates?
A - Yes. Contact your local Travel Agent office for rates.

Q - Do I need a credit card for rental?
A -
On official travel, a credit card is not necessary. However, you will need a copy of your official travel orders and will need to provide a cash deposit up front for the estimated amount of the rental. If you are on leisure/non-official, you will need a major credit card for payment.

Q - Are government rates with Thrifty good only in the U.S.?
A -
No. Thrifty provides government rates in several different countries. Please note, that in the U.S., Thrifty is one of the few companies to provide government rates at all Thrifty locations.

Q - Is there a charge for additional drivers?
A - For official travel, no. For leisure/non-official travel, yes.

Q - Is there a minimum age requirement?
A - Yes. For official travel, it is 18 years of age. For leisure/non-official travel, the renter must be 21 years of age, unless otherwise mandated by state law.