Turo is the world’s largest car sharing marketplace. As the “sharing” economy continues to evolve, think of it as the car rental equivalent of Airbnb, Uber, etc.
Up until now Turo hasn’t had any opportunities to earn airline points for rentals, though that’s finally changing thanks to a new partnership between Turo and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards.
- Earn 2,000 Rapid Rewards points after you complete your first trip of at least $50 with Turo
- Earn 500 Rapid Rewards points for each additional rental of at least $50 with Turo
- Earn 10,000 Rapid Rewards points after you list your car and host your first trip with a minimum value of $50
In order to be eligible you need to enter a valid Southwest Rapid Rewards number at the time of booking, and the $50 minimum doesn’t include taxes & fees. Furthermore, the name on the Southwest account and Turo account need to match, so you can’t have a rental for someone else credited to your Rapid Rewards account, for example. Points should post within 30 days.
Southwest Rapid Rewards is a revenue based frequent flyer program, and each point is worth about 1.3 cents towards the cost of a ticket on Southwest. So if you list your car for the first time you’re looking at earning about $130 worth of points, while you’re looking at about $26 worth of points after your first trip, and about $6.50 worth of points for each additional rental.
Turo is a great alternative to traditional car rentals, and it’s even better that you’re now able to earn points with them. The first time bonuses are pretty good, while the ongoing 500 points per rental doesn’t do much to encourage longer or more expensive rentals.
I should note that like most things in the sharing economy, customer service often isn’t great when things go wrong. Last summer Ford shared his terrible experience with Turo. Conversely, I’m actually renting a Turo right now, and my experience has been excellent.
Will you take advantage of this new Southwest & Turo partnership?