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USA Car Hire Information


We include a rental car with every Thomas Cook Florida holiday, making it easier for you and your family to get around and do your own thing.  The feeling of cruising down a big, broad American highway in an automatic air-conditioned car is attractive in itself. But with your own car you can choose to shop a little further afield or even explore totally different areas of the Sunshine State.

Please note that car hire only includes basic third party insurance cover. We strongly recommend that you take out full insurance to cover any potential damage to your hire car.

Please contact us on 01733 224 808 before you travel to upgrade your insurance.



Tips when driving in Florida & Las Vegas

A car gives you total freedom to come and go as you please. Even if you’re not planning to explore, a car is useful for getting around, and it means you won’t be hanging around for public transport. Finding your way around Orlando by car is relatively simple as the roads are straight and all the attractions are well signposted.

Here are a few more tips to help you when driving

  • Don’t forget to drive on the right.

  • Carry your driving licence with you at all times in case you’re stopped.

  • There are no roundabouts, but plenty of traffic lights at intersections. Unless signposted, you can turn right at a red light (after stopping and checking there is no traffic coming from your left). On a flashing red light, you can still turn right with caution.

  • You can overtake, or be overtaken on the inside AND the outside – so check your mirrors. Never overtake a yellow school bus if it has stopped and its red lights are flashing!

  • The speed limit is generally lower than the UK (between 20-40 mph in cities and usually between 55-70 mph on rural highways). These limits are strictly monitored by the local police – so beware!

  • Seat belts are compulsory in the front seats. Children up to age 6 years must be strapped into an approved car seat.

  • Drink driving should be avoided at all costs. If you need to carry alcohol, make sure it is in the trunk (boot).

  • Some of the major attractions have rather large car parks, so remember to write down the exact location. Most rental cars look alike after a long day of sightseeing!

  • Driving times featured are based on the average times between the two locations stated. Please allow extra driving times during congestion/busy peak periods.


Important Information on Insurance

Although your hire car agreement includes Third Party Liability coverage to the state minimum (which can be as low as $20,000 in Florida), it is vital you have adequate cover to protect yourself against severe financial risk in the event of total loss of the vehicle, damage or accidents with a third party, especially as some US drivers carry little or no insurance.

It is compulsary that you upgrade your car rental coverage. Your upgrade options are twofold: pre-book one of our two inclusive package options (Fully Inclusive or Gold) or purchase cover in resort direct from Alamo.

Pre-booking your insurance also allows you to budget well in advance, and gives you valuable peace of mind knowing that you won’t be met with numerous extra charges when you arrive. In addition it will also save you time in resort.

Take a look at the example below to see what’s not included in our pre-booked package based on a 4-door Economy car for 14 nights:

  • State Environment Surcharge ($2.05 per day) $28.70

  • Airport handling fee and 10% on options purchased $49.00

  • Airport operating fee and 10% on options purchased $63.36

  • State Sales Tax (6-7%) $9.62

  • LP – Liability protection ($12.44 per day) $174.16

  • CDW – Collision Damage Waiver ($20.99 per day) $293.86


Florida Upgrade Fees

We offer a number of car upgrades to suit your party as shown in the table below.

Allocated CarUpgrade CarUpgrade supp. per day from
Full size£9
Full Size£6
7 Seat Mini Van£25
IntermediateFull Size£3
7 Seat Mini Van£22

Please Note: If you're travelling in a group of 7 or more, please speak to your travel advisor or call 01733 224 808.


Insurance Upgrades

Car Type

Fully Inclusive

(Prices per car per day)


(Prices per car per day)

Economy Cars£17£19
Compact Cars£17£22
Intermediate Cars£16£20
Full Size Cars£16£20
Mini Van£5£10

Prices are a guide based on 2015 departures and will be confirmed on enquiry.


Car Hire Allocation

 Number of People Allocated Car(s)
 Up to 2 People 1 x Economy
 3 People 1 x Compact
 4 People 1 x Intermediate
 5 People 1 x Full Size
 6 People 2 x Compact
 7 People 2 x Intermediate
 8 People 2 x Intermediate
 9 People 2 x Full Size
 10 People 2 x Full Size

What's Included?

  • An automatic, air-conditioned vehicle with an AM/FM radio, power brakes, power steering and automatic transmission. (Thomas Cook reserves the right to substitute alternative makes of car)

  • A vehicle with no rental car markings for enhanced safety

  • Unlimited mileage within the USA. No fees are charged for driving out of state.

  • Area map and driving booklet

  • Third party liability coverage to the state minimum


and whats not...

  • State environment surcharge ($2.05 per car per day)

  • Airport Handling Fee and Airport Operating Fee ($6.00 per car per day). The Airport Operating Fee also requires payment of an additional 10% on all options purchased

  • Vehicle Licence fee of 3.5% and Rental Tax of 6% applicable to West Coast USA.

  • State Sales Tax of 6-7% on other taxable items of rental (excluding LDW).

  • Liability Protection (LP) – All Inclusive rates provides the renter and authorised drivers with a combined single limit of $1,000,000 for third party claims that may be made by others against the renter and authorised drivers for bodily injury, death and/or property damage arising out of the use or operation of the Alamo rental vehicle and subject to the limitations set forth in the applicable Alamo then standard rental contract and in the insurance policy which provides coverage. Also included in LP is Uninsured Motorised/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) protection with a combined single limit of $100,000. UM/UIM provides benefits to the renter and any family member related by blood, marriage or adoption, who, while physically occupying Alamo’s rental vehicle when it is being driven by the renter or an authorized driver, suffers bodily injury or death caused by negligent uninsured motorist, negligent underinsured motorists or a negligent hit-and-run driver.

  • Optional CDW – Collision damage waiver (from $20.99 per day). This covers all rental vehicle damage, regardless of fault. 

NB: without CDW cover, Alamo will require you to produce a credit card with at least $1,500 available credit. Thomas Cook strongly recommends pre-purchasing one of its fully inclusive packages or taking this

  • Fuel – Cars will be provided with a full tank of fuel. You must return the car with a full tank of fuel. Any missing fuel will be charged at a rate higher than the local garages to your credit card. 

Alternatively Alamo can offer you the option to pre-purchase a tank of fuel when you arrive. You can then return the car empty, with no refunds given for any unused fuel.

Gold Package - If you have upgraded to our Gold Package this includes a full tank of fuel (excluding Manhattan locations) and no charge for this will be made. You can return the car empty - no refunds given for any unused fuel.

  • ​Additional driver charge (from $10 per driver per day plus taxes and fees). Not applicable to California USA

  • Under 25 years of age driver surcharge for drivers aged 21 to 24 inclusive (from $25 per driver per day)

  • Child seats – a legal requirement for under 5’s (from $6.99 per day with a maximum charge of $70)

  • Toll charges (best keep loose change handy)

  • Parking, hotel car parking charges and traffic fines



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