(Closed) What much of a hold to car rentals put on your CC?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I rented this past weekend and they put a $200 hold on my cc. 

Post # 5
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I rented from Fri-Monday but they told me it was in case something happened to the car so I’m not sure it would be any different if you rent for longer.  I’m sure it is different also based on the company you use. I would assume $100 min. And $500 maximum. 

Post # 6
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Enterprise put a $250 hold on my card yesterday when I rented a car for two days.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

They’re all different, just call and ask – they should know.

Post # 9
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FutureMrs86:  in that case, the minumum hold they will put on your CC is $250.  Since your rental + 15% will be $250.70 you can expet a hold of the higher amount ($250.70).

Hold = (Total rental price, including tax & airport fees) + (0.15 * total rental price)  OR $250 whichever is more.

Other car companies will hold up to $350, some will not put any hold on the card if you are a memeber of their frequent renter program.

Post # 11
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Check if there are any implications if you decline the rental company’s insurance.  I noticed when I booked a rental car for our honeymoon that Thrify said they would put a $3,000 hold on my CC if we decline the Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), which we are planning to do because that insurance is provided by the CC company.

Post # 12
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Alamo and National will not put any hold. I think Avis might not either, not sure. This is domestic .  Max is usually 500. Just rented in Costa Rica through Avis and they put $2000 hold on my card, which was extreme I thought but anyway

Post # 13
12621 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LittleRiver:  That’s really interesting.  We book through Thrifty all the time and decline their insurance but have never had this charge!  I wonder if it’s regional.

Post # 14
3887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@abbie017:  Many of the outlets are franchises, not corporate-owned, so there will be variances in this policy between, say, Thrifty at Orlando and Thrifty at San Francisco.  Hotels work the same way but have even more variances because so few hotels in any of the major chains are actually owned by the compay. Hotels are mostly franchises.  You might even find that the company that owns the Thrifty at any given location also owns the Avis and the Hertz.

Post # 16
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I used to work for Hertz.. For them, it’s $200 + the rental amount.  Enterprise was $150 I think but they won’t let you use a debit card with an out of state license.  Hertz does, but requires a credit check.

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