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Car Rental Rates in Washington, D.C. Nearly Triple for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Travelers who need a rental car in Washington, D.C. to get home to their family over Thanksgiving can expect to pay almost 200% more than usual. This finding is the result of a new survey from, which compared car rental rates for 30 destinations in the United States. The period spanning November 26 through November 30, 2014 served as the basis of comparison.

In Washington, D.C., the cheapest available car will cost renters $112 per rental day over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That figure represents an increase of 197% compared to regular rates. The capital of the United States is also the most expensive destination in the country. It is even slightly ahead of New York City, which ranks second most expensive in the nation with an average car rental rate of $110 per day.

Baltimore rounds out the Top 3 with an average of $106 per day for the most affordable rental car. In the largest city in the state of Maryland, Thanksgiving car renters will have to spend double the amount that renters elsewhere will have to pay in general.

Least expensive according to the survey is Denver, Colorado. There renters can find a car for $14 per day this Thanksgiving. Also among the most affordable destinations are Miami and San Francisco, where prices at the car rental check-in counter should run around $20 per day.

The following table shows the 10 destinations with the highest car rental rates for the Thanksgiving long weekend along with a comparison to regular prices. The rates shown reflect the average daily rate for the cheapest available car for the period of November 26–30, 2014. Regular rates reflect the average car rental rates for November.

1. Washington, D.C. $112 (+197%)

2. New York City $110 (+84%)

3. Baltimore $106 (+108%)

4. New Orleans $60 (–21%)

5. St. Louis $57 (+5%)

6. San Antonio $48 (+19%)

7. Phoenix $45 (–18%)

8. Cleveland $44 (–14%)

9. Las Vegas $41 (+68%)

10. Houston $40 (–5%)

For the full results of the survey, check