There are ten car rental companies at the El Paso International Airport (ELP). TravelMag.com evaluated them all and chose those that are tops in three different categories.
El Paso Airport (Photo: Visit El PAso via Flickr)
ELP’s rental car counters are located in the baggage claim area, and you can simply follow the signs to find them. After filling out the paperwork, you can take your keys and walk to the rental lot where you will find your car — a rarity in many larger airports. ELP is currently building a brand-new renal lot that will feature, among other things, a covered structure in which the cars can be retrieved and returned.
Comparison Engines: Find the best car rental deals
Although we’ve done most of the homework for you regarding rental cars at El Paso International, it’s always best to do your own comparison shopping to find the best deals. For that, we recommend two reliable, easy-to-use online booking services: CheapCarRental.net and BookingBuddy.com.
The results of our review
To determine which rental car companies offer you the best options across our three categories, TravelMag.com carefully evaluated the services, fleet availability, reviews and polices of the agencies at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport. Our findings are as follows.
Because we base our reviews on the price for single-day rentals rather than rentals that offer a weekly discount, Advantage is the clear winner here. They have economy, compact, standard and full-sized cars all priced under all nine of the other competitors. When looking at weekly rentals the gap closes, but Advantage still has the, um, advantage over the other providers. The only place where Alamo, Enterprise and Budget beat them is for a standard sized car for a week’s rental. Their prices are all almost $100 cheaper than Advantage.
In Zagat’s annual rating of car rental companies, Hertz emerged at the top of the list as the best agency for business travelers, so if you’re traveling to Baltimore or Washington for work, consider getting your car from them. Hertz offers their Gold customers the “Carfirmation” service, which confirms reservations through text and emails and alerts travelers to the locations of their cars so that they can skip the check-in counter. It also shows other cars available and lets customers choose the one they want right from their mobile device. Additionally, the company provides “Zap Technology” which is a quick check-in process when the cars are returned. They also offer a service called “Acceler-Rental,” which allows drivers to rent a car from an automated kiosk even if they don’t have a reservation, which again, eliminates the need to stand in a lengthy line at the check-in counter.
Only four car rental companies offer cars in the luxury category at this airport: Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz and Avis. Of those, the prices are all fairly comporable. We decided to go with Avis, however, because they indicate that their luxury cars are Lincolns or similars, whereas the other agencies offer the Buick Lacrosse or similar. If price is more of a deciding factor in this field, then the winner would be Thrift that slightly edges out the competition on price.
Getting to the city
El Paso International Airport is situated just about 10 minutes to downtown. To get there, exit on Airway Boulevard to Montana Avenue and take it west for about 2 miles. Get on I-10W and that will take you straight into the middle of town.