Thrifty Car Rental Terms

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Established in 1958, Thrifty Car Rental was purchased by Chrysler Corporation in 1989, forming the Dollar Thrifty Automotive group, with a focus on value-priced car rentals.

Hertz purchased the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in 2012, branding this new acquisition as Thrifty Car Rental, servicing both airport and local markets around the world, with more than 1,020 locations in approximately 95 countries.

Thrifty Car Rental in Hawaii has locations on four of the Islands, servicing the major airports. Thrifty also runs a small office in Honolulu that manages all of the Thrifty Car Rental Airport and Hawaiian locations, focusing on servicing cost-conscious business and leisure travelers.

Working with Thrifty Car Rental

We have a good mutual working relationship with the staff at Thrifty Car Rental in Hawaii. Our staff work closely with our counterparts at Thrifty to help make sure every customer is satisfied with their rental car experience.

Thrifty has been very generous in offering our company discounts on young driver fees at $8/day plus tax instead of their regular charge of $29/day plus tax. Thrifty is one of the few companies that rent to drivers as young as 20 years of age in Hawaii. With Thrifty you are also able to add two free additional drivers at the counter, saving even more money, and giving you the freedom to have extra drivers to share the driving on your trip.

Thrifty Car Rental FAQs

Why is Thrifty such a good car rental company?

Thrifty focuses on cost saving measures - their rates reflect this. Thrifty is part of the Hertz family and they reflect this partnership and support in all of their dealings with the public.

Does Thrifty car rental have car seats?

Car seats are available at each location. There are 3 sizes of car seats, infant, toddler and booster.

Does Thrifty car rental in Hawaii charge for extra drivers?

Yes normally, when you book with Thrifty you will be charged at least $13.50 per day for each additional driver. With our Thrifty rates, 2 free extra drivers are included, saving you up to $27/day.

Can I return my rental car early?

Early return or late return fees may apply if you return the vehicle before or after the reserved due date. In some cases, if you are on a weekly rate (5,6, or 7 days), and you return it on day 4, you will revert to daily charges, and the total could exceed the charges you had at a weekly rate. Always check with Discount Hawaii Car Rental in advance if you need to return your vehicle early so we can help you with the details and hopefully save unexpected charges.

How do I extend my car rental with Thrifty?

You can get in touch with us, and we will make arrangements with Thrifty to extend your rental agreement - in some cases, we can extend it at the same rate, depending on whether you are on a daily, weekly or monthly rate.

Do they accept debit cards?

Thrifty Car Rental debit card policy allows a debit card at all of their corporate Thrifty Car Rental locations. Debit cards issued under a VISA, MasterCard or Discover logo, which draw funds directly for a cardholder’s linked bank account may be used at the beginning of a rental if the reservation for the rental was made 24 hours prior to vehicle pick up. If the reservation is not made 24 hours prior to the pick up time, or if you are renting an economy car, as well as some larger vehicles, please read the DETAILS to find out if you qualify to use a debit card. You must show a valid driver’s license and one other form of identification and proof of a return travel ticket from an Airline or Cruise.

Thrifty Car Rental Terms and Conditions

Rental Requirements

  • Valid Driver’s License with major credit card or debit card in the renter’s name.
  • Minimum Driver Age 20 years.

Approved Credit Cards

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Discover

Rental Promotions

  • Contracted Posted Rate Benefits
  • Reduced Young Driver (20-24) Fee $8/day – Save $21/day/young driver
  • Two FREE Additional Drivers – Save $13.50/day/driver

Additional Thrifty Car Rental Information & Requirements

Drivers must be 20 years of age and have a valid driver’s license and have a major credit/debit card in their name. A hold will be placed on all credit card/debit cards for the amount of the rental plus a $200 - $500 security deposit. (subject to change)

Base rates are subject to any applicable location taxes and do not include optional insurance, Renters will be responsible for all charges directly to the rental location.

Weekly rates can be based on 5 – 7 consecutive days rental on one island only.

Thrifty Car Rental Debit Card Policy: Debit cards must have either the Visa or MasterCard logo. Debit cards may only be used in conjunction with proof of round trip ticket (airline or cruise) at the time of rental as well as a second piece of valid ID, for example:

  • 1-Passport
  • 2-US Military ID
  • 3-Non-Gov. ID w/photo (eg. Costco card)
  • 4-Additional credit or debit card
  • 5-Current utility statement (same name address as license)

Without proof of a round trip ticket, debit cards are only accepted on return. Customers using debit cards to qualify to rent at the beginning of the rental will be subject to a debit card screening, which may impact the customer’s credit evaluation. If the screening fails to meet our debit card criteria, the customer will be required to present a major credit card in order to qualify to rent. A hold will be placed on all credit/debit cards for the estimated amount of the rental. Thrifty will remove the hold at the end of the rental when the final charges are settled.


If return time varies by more than 24 hours from date and time on Rental Agreement, Early/Late Return fees may apply:

  • Early Return (24+ hours early) – $25.00 (one-time fee), in addition to rental charges. Thrifty may adjust the rate on the contract to the rate showing online on the day of return, as the original contract has been broken. It is always best to contact Discount Hawaii Car Rental before your pick up or as soon as you know you need to make a change, as in some cases we may be able to have changes made without affecting the base rate.
  • Late Return (24+ hours late) – $15.99/day for a maximum of five (5) rental days ($79.95), in addition to rental charges.
  • Frequent Flyer Plans: If you are a member of a participating frequent flyer program, you can earn miles with your Thrifty car rental. Simply give your frequent flyer number to the agent at the car rental counter, when picking up your car. Thrifty charges a handling fee to process frequent flyer claims.

24 hour advance booking recommended. Other coupons or discounts may not apply. All rentals are subject to the standard terms and conditions in effect on the rental date. All prices USD and are subject to taxes. All rates, taxes, options, and additional charges are subject to change without notice.

Optional Services

(Optional services as currently offered, may be subject to change without notice)
*Contracted benefits only apply for the pre-negotiated rates posted.

  • *Young Driver (20-24) $8/day* else $29/day
  • *Additional driver 2 FREE* else $13.50/day
  • Child Safety Seat $13.99/day (up to $98max/rental)
  • Garmin Navigation Units $16.99/day and up

Optional Protection Plans

Policy terms & conditions and rates are subject to change without notice

At the time of rental, Thrifty offers for purchase at the option of the renter, Loss Damage Waiver (“LDW”), Personal Protection Plan (“PPP”), Protection Plus (“PP”), Personal Accident Insurance (“PAI”), Personal Effects Insurance (“PEI”), Supplemental Liability Insurance (“SLI”) and Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection (“UMP”). The cost, coverage, provider and availability vary by location, vehicle category and rate.

The optional products offered by the rental company may duplicate coverage provided by your personal automobile insurance or insurance you may have through another source. Purchase of optional products is not required to rent the vehicle. Separate brochures available at the rental location summarize the optional products.

  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) – $33.99/day
    If you purchase the optional LDW Plan, we will waive your responsibility for loss or damage to the vehicle in full or in part (depending on the LDW plan you accept).
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) – 14.24/day
    SLI provides the renter or any additional authorized driver listed in the rental agreement with automobile liability coverage against third party claims for bodily injury, including death, and property damage resulting from an automobile accident.
  • Personal Protection Package (PPP) – $6.99/day
    Personal Protection Plan (“PPP”) includes Personal Accident Insurance (“PAI”) and Personal Effects Insurance (“PEI”). Where offered, they must be purchased together.
  • Uninsured Motorist Protection (UMP) – $6.95/day
    Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection (“UMP”) is a companion product to Supplemental Liability Insurance (“SLI.”) UMP provides coverage for injuries and damages caused by an owner or driver of an uninsured or underinsured third party vehicle. UMP can only be purchased with SLI.

Thrifty Rental Car Locations

Big Island Hawaii
Use the Dollar/Thrifty shuttle for pick up and return to/from the Kona Airport, approx 1 mile from airport terminal.

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona HI 96740 located at the King Kam Hotel
This location is open 0800-1600 (8am – 4pm) M-F, closed weekends, but has a drop box for late returns

2355 Kekuanaoa Street, Hilo, HI 96720
This location services Dollar/Thrifty and Hertz – so go to the Hertz desk located across the the Hilo Airport terminal, within walking distance

Kauai Island
3273 Hoolimalima Place LIHUE AP, KAUAI, HI 96766
For rentals between 10am and 8pm, go to Dollar, but for ALL returns, and rentals between 5am – 10am and 8pm – 11pm go to Hertz – Use the Dollar/Thrifty or Hertz shuttle.

Maui Island
101 Airport Access Road, KAHULUI AP MAUI 96732
Use the TRAM to the rental car center, then follow the signs to the Dollar/Thrifty Desk

Oahu Island
3179 N. Nimitz Highway, HONOLULU AP, HI 96819
Take the Thrifty/Dollar shuttle for pickup and return to/from the Airport – approx. 1 mile from terminal.

2424 Kalakaua Avenue, HONOLULU, HI 96815
Located on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Hotel. For returns, go to the hotel parking garage, lower level, not across the street. This location services Thrifty, Dollar and Hertz.