Prepay Now and Save on your Thrifty Car Rental

Save with Thrifty’s Prepaid Car Rental Reservations

For a limited time, pay now and you can save up to 20% off the base rate* of your rental car, when you book directly with Thrifty Car Rental.

How to Reserve Your Thrifty Prepaid Car Rental

To shop our current Pay Now car rental rates, we have a special prepaid car rental reservation process:


Visit our Prepay Page to begin the reservation process.


Select your travel dates, as well as your pick-up and drop-off location(s).


Enter your name, address, and credit card information.


Click “pay,” and you’re on your way!

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Prepay Car Rental FAQs

Have questions about prepaid car rentals? Let us help. Browse some of the most frequently asked questions about our prepaid car rental process below. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us through our Online Reservation Questions form.

Does Thrifty offer a prepaid car rental rate?

Yes. Thrifty offers prepaid rental car rates. Upon cancellation and amendment of prepaid reservations, fees do apply. It is also important to note that the name on the credit card used to pay must match the name on the reservation. For more information, please check our Prepay Terms and Conditions.

Why should I consider a prepaid car rental rate?

Choosing to reserve a prepay car rental with Thrifty has many benefits, from saving you time at the reservation counter to, now, savings of up to 20% off the base rate* of your prepaid rental car rate. This is only for a limited time. Don’t wait!

Can I use a debit card to prepay for my car rental?

Debit cards and Thrifty Credit Cards are not valid forms of payment for Thrifty prepaid car rental rates. Credit cards are accepted for prepaid rental car rates.

Is a prepaid rental car for someone else possible?

Reserving a prepaid rental car for someone else is not possible when renting with Thrifty. When renting the vehicle at the counter, you must provide the same credit card in which you paid online with, as well as a valid driver's license. The credit card used must be in your name and presented at the time of rental. Once proof of this card has been provided, Thrifty can accept any other valid credit card in your name at the time of rental for taxes, fees, and incidentals.

Is there a cancellation fee for prepaid car rental bookings?

Any changes to the reservation may impact rental charges. If a prepaid reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the pickup time, a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed. If the prepaid reservation is cancelled within 24 hours before the pickup time, a $100 fee will be assessed. If the customer does not cancel the reservation prior to the time of pick-up and the rental vehicle is not picked up on the rental date, the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited. Changes to a reservation must be done at using the "Modify/Cancel" option.

Are there exclusions to Thrifty prepaid rental car rates?

Rates exclude vehicle licensing recovery fee, airport facility use fee/customer facility charge, hotel concession fees, other cost recovery fees, governmental surcharges, taxes, or other optional items such as child seats, luggage racks, refueling items, insurance, NeverLost®, optional refueling, or one-way charges for which the renter may be responsible. Excluded services cannot be prepaid. If accepted, such services must be paid locally at the time of rental.

Are there refunds or credits for unused rental days when prepaying for a rental car?

When using the prepaid car rental option with Thrifty, there are no refunds or credits issued for unused rental days.

Can prepaid rental car discounts be combined with other offers?

Prepaid rates cannot be combined with any promotional offer, voucher, or certificate.

How can I make changes to a prepaid rental car reservation?

Changes to a reservation must be done at using the "Modify/Cancel" option. Any changes to the reservation may impact the rental charges (see the question regarding cancellation fees to learn more).

Can a CDP code be added upon checkout for a prepaid rental car reservation?

A CDP code can be added to a prepaid car rental reservation. However, there may be circumstances in which this CDP code is linked to a negotiated discount or rate that does not match Thrifty retail prepaid rates. In this circumstance, the customer will see the error message: “No prepaid available.” The customer may cancel the original reservation (see terms and conditions for Cancellations) and make a new reservation adding the CDP number.

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Are you ready to prepay and save on your next Thrifty car rental?

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*Applies to pay later base rate only. Taxes and fees excluded. Discount will vary depending on the location, date, length of rental, car class and other factors; discount will not apply in all cases. Additional terms apply.

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