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    Airport Surcharge

    airport fee

    Many airports around Australia charge what is known as an "Airport or Premium Location Fee". This is a fee levied on the car rental suppliers by the Federal Airports and for Premium Locations within a CBD. Please note that this is a percentage surcharge that applies to the cost of the rental (and extras where accepted) and ranges from 3% - 29 %.

    Where permitted, in addition to time and kilometer charges and taxes, a Premium Location surcharge/Concession Recovery fee may apply to rentals from airport locations and selected off-airport locations. This fee is included in your reservation varies by location. Remember that rates for Airport Pickups are usually higher due to the Aviation Authority charging high rents for the car rental companies to be located there and passed onto the consumer.

    Click here​​ to learn more about the process of Airport Car Rental in Australia.


    Tips to avoid paying for airport fee

    In some cases, you can avoid these excess fees by choosing to pick up your car from depots not on airport grounds (off-airport locations). In most instances, savings can be made. You can still return your vehicle to Airport locations without incurring the Airport or Premium Location Fee although some suppliers do charge a Premium Location Fee for some City locations but considerably less than Airport Location Fees. Keep in mind also  that all of our suppliers have off-airport locations in all capital cities.