Skip top navigation

How to Book a Car

Join the Discussion

Share knowledge and learn from travelers just like you.


Need Help?

We’re a click away.

Contact Us

Wondering how to find the best deal on a car rental? Or are you not quite sure how to book it? We've got your answers here plus a couple of tips to make sure you are in the know.

Choose a Car

Travel Tip:

Location, Location, Location

You can rent cars in hundreds of cities, not just those in which Southwest operates flights. Be sure to check out our competitive pricing on all airport rental locations.

The Car You Want

Find exactly what you want with our car search. Start with pickup location, time, and date. Then, refine your search with specific requirements such as a certain car company or vehicle type. And, if you happen to have a discount, promotion or member code, don't forget to provide it so you can access any special deals.

All the Options

Based on your search, you will see all the available car types from several different car companies so you will have all the choices in one spot. Plus, you will see that you can earn Rapid Rewards credit from several different Rapid Rewards Partners. Scroll through the list to find the rate, car type, and rental company you want.

Book Your Car

Travel Tip:

Car Types:

Wondering what type of car is a midsize? Just click on 'Compare Car Categories' to find how the different model cars compare for each car company.

Special Equipment

Depending on the car rental company you've chosen, you may have the option to request special equipment with your vehicle, such as a child safety seat or a navigation system. If so, the car company will validate these requests upon rental car pickup.

Make Your Reservation

To make your reservation, just provide all your applicable information including your name, Rapid Rewards account number, and contact method. This is just a reservation, payment will be done at time of rental car pick up and your credit card will be charged when you return the rental car to the company. Please note: Car rentals cannot be paid for with a Southwest® gift card or a Southwest LUV Voucher at this time. We'll send you a confirmation e-mail to ensure you have all the details you need to pick up your car.

Manage Your Car Reservation

View or Cancel

Plans change - we get it. If you need to change your car rental reservation, or even just take a look to double-check the details, we've made it easy. Simply access your reservation with the confirmation number we emailed you or credit card information used to make the booking. You will then be able to confirm your rental information or cancel and rebook another car if necessary.

How May We Help You? Search Customer Service