Earn Up to 30,000 Southwest Points Renting Cars With Turo (Often Better Cars, Cheaper)

Southwest Airlines and peer-to-peer rental car company Turo have a new partnership to earn up to 30,000 Rapid Rewards points.

  • 2,000 points after your first trip (minimum $50)
  • 500 points for each additional trip (minimum $50)
  • 10,000 points the first time you rent out your own car (minimum $50).

Southwest Rapid Rewards points are worth about 1.5 cents apiece in travel. So 2000 points is worth $30 in travel, a hefty rebate on a modest rental.

Pocketing $150 in Southwest travel (10,000 points) from renting your car out is huge, it could make sense to rent it to a friend for $50++ since for the net cost of transaction charges they’d pocket 2000 points and you’d have 10,000. Bear in mind that the ‘trip fee’ can be up to 25% of the rental rate, and some jurisdictions impose taxes. Also note that cars will usually have a mileage maximum included, with additional mileage charged.

You’ll want to link your Southwest and Turo accounts before booking or listing.

(HT: @elliott_wdc)

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  1. Watch out for renting from Turo if you expect your credit card insurance to cover you. Chase coverage specifically excludes Turo rentals. My auto insurance carrier wouldn’t give me a straight answer as to whether I’d be covered either. If you have an accident in a Turo vehicle, the only coverage that is certain is that the owner of the car isn’t liable, but *you* may be fully liable.

    Given the coverage uncertainty, I won’t be renting from Turo.

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