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Frequently Asked Questions - Orbitz Car Rentals

Why should I book my rental car with Orbitz?

Orbitz lets you easily compare prices and customer ratings for dozens of rental companies. And, thanks to the Orbitz Price Guarantee, you can book with confidence, knowing that if you find your car rental, flight, cruise or activity cheaper on our site or another site within 24 hours, we'll refund you the difference!

How can I get a good deal on rental cars?

Orbitz lets you compare prices on cars from dozens of different car rental agencies all in one place, so you’ll always know you’re getting the best deal. Plus, when you book your car with a flight + hotel package on Orbitz, you’ll save even more on your trip! Also, be sure to regularly check for special car rental offers and promo codes, or sign up for Orbitz email alerts so you’ll be the first to know.

Do I need to pay my rental car fee in advance? Is there a fee to cancel?

Most Orbitz car rentals allow you to book now and pay later at the rental counter. Orbitz also offers free cancelation on most cars if you decide to change or cancel your car rental reservation. We understand that travel plans change, so go ahead and book with confidence!

What do I need to rent a car?

If you’re renting a car in the U.S., you’ll at minimum need a valid U.S. driver’s license, or a license issued by a country that has a reciprocal agreement with the U.S. Some states require international visitors to show an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to your valid license from home (note that you have to apply for the IDP in your home country). You’ll also typically be asked for a major credit card and—if you’re waving the rental agency’s coverage—proof of insurance.

Do I need to buy additional insurance when renting a car?

Depends. Most travelers are already covered by their personal auto insurance. You may also already be covered through your credit card. Cards such as the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, for example, cover car rental insurance, although—like all insurance—there are stipulations like type of vehicle, type of terrain and country you’re renting in. Call your credit card company ahead of time to confirm your coverage. If you’re not covered, don’t worry: You can purchase collision protection on Orbitz right as you book, or at the rental counter.

Do I need an international driver’s license?

Sometimes! Some countries require an International Drivers Permit (IDP), while others don’t. Some U.S. states do require international visitors to have an IDP. Find out more about when and where you might need an IDP.

Does it cost more to rent a car one way?

Usually, but it depends. Easily compare rates for one-way car rentals from dozens of car rental agencies on Orbitz to make sure you get the best deal. Also, if you include pick-up and drop-off areas just outside of your target location, you’ll have a better chance of finding a much cheaper one-way rental.

Where can I rent a luxury car?

So you like to travel in style—we get it! You can rent luxury vehicles on Orbitz, too. Just go to and select filters like “luxury,” “convertible” or “sports car” to find the ride that best suits your style.

How old do I need to be to rent a car?

Many car rental companies in the U.S. require drivers to be at least 21 years old, while some only rent to drivers ages 25 and up, or require anyone under 25 to pay a surcharge. Read the fine print on your car reservation, or call the rental agency ahead of time.

What’s the best car to rent for my road trip?

Need a little extra space to pack in all your family’s gear? Or something sporty to make a statement on the road? Or maybe just a car that gets really good gas mileage? Orbitz offers just about every size of vehicle, from economy to sporty to SUVs and minivans. Find more advice on what type of car to rent for your next road trip adventure.

Can I save on my car rental if I book it with my hotel or flight?

Make the most of vacation package savings with Orbitz. You’ll get your vacation for less when you book your car with a flight + hotel package. Plus, save even more on your travels—and earn your way toward awesome travel perks—when you join the Orbitz Rewards program.

What’s the best app for renting a car?

The Orbitz app lets you compare cars and prices from a few dozen different rental agencies, all in one place. Plus, manage your whole vacation reservation in one place on the app, from your flights to your hotel to your activities. The app also lets you receive real-time updates about flight schedule changes, gate changes, hotel check-in and check-out alerts, and more.

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