Alamo has announced that, effective June 16, 2014, members of its free Alamo Insiders program will no longer be able to add an additional driver for free.
They are also going to attempt and everyday low pricing model with coupons replaced by a 5% discount for members in the US, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. This is not relevant to me as booking direct from an agency is rarely the cheapest option, and Alamo seldom has big frequent flyer point bonuses either. I can only recall one time I rented from Alamo since I have always found something else a better option.
Renting through Costco Travel has traditionally waived the additional driver fee, and that is still listed for Avis, Budget and Enterprise but I cannot find similar language on the Alamo page and terms.
Those with additional drivers can still still escape the fee with other agencies:
- Free spouse or partner: Avis, Budget, Enterprise
- Free for program members: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and National Emerald Club
- AAA, AARP & USAA members when using their codes to rent, not other corporate/discount codes
- Renting in California (by law)
Million Mile Secrets has an excellent piece and discussion in the comments on additional drivers.