Book Thrifty car rentals in San Diego

San Diego, CA, United States
29 Sep — 6 Oct
San Diego, CA, United States
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Thrifty car rental prices in San Diego

C$ 79/dayEconomy
C$ 74/dayCompact
C$ 81/dayIntermediate
C$ 74/dayStandard
C$ 74/dayFull-size
C$ 114/dayFull-size SUV
C$ 87/dayPremium
C$ 95/dayLuxury
C$ 109/dayConvertible
C$ 70/dayCompact SUV
C$ 75/daySupplier choice
C$ 78/dayStandard SUV


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Reviews for Thrifty in San Diego

Overall Rating7.2 GoodBased on 254 reviews
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Bad service during pick-up.Pros:Car was very comfortable, reliable, and gas efficient.Cons:The front desk coordinator ended up sending me to the wrong lot to pick up my car, even when I went back to him to confirm the location since I couldn't find my car the first time he sent me there. He even seemed impatient with me when I went back to ask him where to go. Once I got in the wrong car, I was told by the gate staff that I couldn't take this car, and to bring it back and ask them where I should go for the correct car. This wasted 20 minutes of my very rushed and tight-run morning, all because some idiot front desk clerk was too prideful to be open to the fact that he sent me to the wrong place initially.Reviewed 28 May 2019
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Employee Junior Lopez Saves a Customer!Pros:The fantastic job done by the last Thrifty employee to speak to me - Junior the final check, riving out of the gate, Junior asked if everything was OK...I told him we hadn't even left the airport and were disappointed were disappointed because the sales agent up-sold us to a mid-size SUV and named several varieties available - Jeep Compass, Ford Escape, RAV4, and said we could take any in the lot...Well when we got outside the only mid-size SUV in the spaces was a small Mazda wagon - certainly not what was expected or promised...asked the nearest employee and he said that's we took the Mazda feeling disappointed and misled...When we told this to Junior as we were leaving he told us to turn around a pick out any full-size SUV for the same rate and not to worry about the fuel...What a great action and what a great recovery by this employee...We went from being disappointed and not likely to use Thrifty again, to being ecstatic and big advocates for Thrifty and their service!....Great job Junior!...You created a customer for life!Reviewed 22 Aug. 2016
review fromkayak
Pros:The lady at check in was nice but I had to go through two different cars before I was able to leaveCons:Don’t have cars with expired plates on lot. Have cruise control in cars Don’t charge for gas when it was left in fullReviewed 15 Jun. 2020
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Cons:Car was poorly maintained...too many hidden costsReviewed 20 Apr. 2021
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Pros:Dropoff was easy and the people were nice.Reviewed 4 Aug. 2016
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Pros:It was very easy to book, I read that there would be a free-cancellation but I missed my appointment due to having to company my younger sister to the ER. I called the rental location & told them I wasn’t gonna make it at all & they Cancelled the reservation & I asked if I’d be refunded the $30. They said they didn’t charge me but on my bank statement I was chargedReviewed 3 Aug. 2020
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What a rip off.Cons:I booked my car rental through Kayak and expected to pay a total of $288 for the entire rental + renters insurance. When I got to the Thrifty rental location in San Diego the employee that I talked to at the checkout there were several things that 1. First the employee told me that the rentals insurance that I had purchased through Kayak did not protect me against ANYTHING. I mentioned that I had collision insurance through my own provider, however she STRONGLY suggested that I get their insurance and cancel the insurance I had through Kayak. I tried to have her explain to me what the difference was ---- to which I never received a reply. 2. After chatting with the employee for about 10 minutes deciphering the issues with the insurance I finally just gave up (she would not let the insurance go) and told her that I would get the liability insurance ONLY. --- which was a whole whopping $280! -- about $130 more than what I had purchased through Kayak. 3. I then asked her how I could cancel the insurance that I had already bought and she told me that I had to figure it out with Kayak (understandable) but she seemed very annoyed and rude at this point. 4. Finally we got past the insurance and moved on to the gas fill up. She then proceeded to try to goad me into filling up through Thrifty -- to which I replied "no thank you." I was then met with a 5 minute lecture on how she strongly suggests to get gas through them and how I was now liable. I understand that it needs to be said but all of this could have been said in 1 concise sentence. Not a guilt tripping lecture. 5. Finally the employee printed off my expected bill for the 2 weeks that I would be having the car which came out to $500 --- about $250 more than what I was expecting. At that point I was so tired of defending my choices to her that I just accepted it and left. I will NOT be booking through Thrifty again.Reviewed 30 Jan. 2017
review fromkayak
Pros:Everything was pretty much greatCons:The drop off in San Francisco was a bit confusing, as we had to drop off at Herz which was not clear from the beginning.Reviewed 19 Aug. 2020
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Pros:Counter person that assisted me was patient and courteous.Cons:Of the 3 people at the counter 2 of them handled one customer after another in a courteous and professional manner. All the while I was in line the 3rd counter person was dilly-dallying and had not serviced a single customer and disappeared. When I went back to the garage to inspect and take possession of my vehicle I spotted the same counter person sitting around and chatting with the service people as they prepped the cars for customers. Customers could have been processed faster of you had 3 operational counter persons rather than 2 operational counter persons and one stiff.Reviewed 8 Mar. 2017
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2 of 3 Cars in Pickup Line Needed Service & Not AvPros:First: All major and regional airports who have not already done so should follow this format: San Diego airport has consolidated all rental agency locations into a single location, at airport but away from terminals, and provides 24/7 quick & friendly shuttle service to the rental car garage. Customer Service at the Thrifty/Hertz counter was quick & friendly, taking time to highlight the location of several area beaches we might visit in the half-day of free time we had on the area map provided to us. Extra product sales pitch was a soft sell, not insistentCons:What should have been simple: choose any car from this row of cars -- was not. And the agency's poorly-designed process for supplying cars ready for service left its first-line employees scrambling, stressed and devoid of a customer-service-first focus. It was incredibly frustrating and I for one, left that garage as most likely a one-time only customer. We selected one of only three cars in the whole line. We were prepared to load luggage when another customer who was leaving with his rental advised us that he was told this car needed service and was not available. Another couple had meanwhile chosen the next car over. We took the third/last. We loaded luggage; had it not been for the fact that I do a complete light check [during this timr we advised yet another customer that our understanding was the 1st car we looked at was unavailable ] then a walk-around, documenting pre-existing damage, and an in-the-seat familiarization routine we would have driven the car away-at least as far as the check-out booths, none the wiser. A harrassed-looking employee brought another vehicle to the line and advised us as I started the car that it needed service and was not available, pointing out a colored grease pencil marking on a side window, almost as if we were supposed to know what that meant (?!?!). He directed us to the (pretty ratty-looking) car he had arrived in and left, with no offer to help us transfer luggage over. Another 5-6 mins. for a light check, walk-around and video of all the pre-existing damage, etc. Drive over to check out, and there are seven of us waiting for help from one (friendly, efficient) person, while a person at the Hertz booth watches. The gal asked, "Are we running low on mid-size cars over there?" Yeah, you could say that.Reviewed 6 Nov. 2016
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KAYAK and Thrift are not Synced UpPros:NothingCons:Thrifty Car Rental had a very hard time finding my reservation. The style of car I rented was nothing like the current description of available cars, completely different. Thrifty said that third part reservations are not good. I will not use KAYAK again. I tried it....did not like it. No communication between KAYAK and Thrifty, car selection on KAYAK was very outdated....!!!!!!!!!! The car handled horribly on the road, apparently out of alignment or wheels were not balanced. Car was also dirty. All around bad experienceReviewed 2 May 2016
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Terrible customer service and dishonest workersPros:I liked being able to choose my car within a specified class.Cons:The staff at check in was extremely hum drum and was reluctant to provide any additional information. They also were very slow and asked very personal questions that did not pertain to the rental. Upon dropping off the car we were a little late for are next mode of transportation I asked if we could get a quick receipt so we could hustle. The man taking the cars was rude, and said no i needed to wait but as long as I put gas it it there were as no issue but I wouldn't be able to dispute any damage. Since there was no damaage to the vehicle I agreed. I showed him the receipt for the gas and he said fine and we ran to catch our train. An hour later I got an email and he charged us for cleaning, gas and other service fees!!! Extremely dishonest because I wasn't not there and he could do it. Will never rent from them again.Reviewed 10 Jul. 2017
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Where can I find Thrifty car rentals in San Diego?

3355 Admiral Boland Way, Thrifty car rentals


3355 Admiral Boland Way


Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59


+1 877 283 0898

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Most popular location

3355 Admiral Boland Way

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Average price

C$ 58/day

Good deal

C$ 44/day

Top tips for renting a car from Thrifty in San Diego

  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Thrifty in San Diego for C$ 44 or less
  • Book your rental car from San Diego in Thrifty at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars from Thrifty in San Diego are around 14% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car from Thrifty in San Diego

  • As the situation changes with coronavirus (COVID-19) Thrifty will continually update its policies accordingly. Please contact Thrifty directly for the latest information. You can find up-to-date information on the coronavirus response of Thrifty here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Thrifty

  • On average a rental car from Thrifty in San Diego costs C$ 58 per day.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Thrifty in San Diego.

  • Thrifty has 1 rental location in San Diego. Take a look at our Thrifty rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

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