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Fresno Airport Car Rental: The Best Companies

by Stephanie Baker  |  Published January 9, 2017

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) hosts nine in-terminal car rental agencies. Have plans to fly in? TravelMag.com knows doing car supplier research is rough, so we did all of the work for you by reviewing all available Fresno Airport car rental company options in three separate categories: most affordable, best for business travelers, and best for families or groups!

Fresno Airport, Fresno, CA (Photo via Flickr)

Fresno International Airport rental car counters are in-terminal and near baggage claim for convenience. This compact airport sees travelers that range from military personnel to vacationing tourists, making diverse rental car selection a top priority. If you have already secured your plane ticket, keep in mind none of the Fresno Airport in-terminal rental car suppliers offer 24-hour pick-up and drop-off service.

Our car rental company review results

TravelMag.com evaluated the policies, rates, fleet availability and customer feedback of each FAT car rental company to determine which rental car services stand out in our three categories. We divulge our discoveries below:

Most affordable: Enterprise

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Nearly identical in price, Enterprise pulled ahead of Alamo as the most affordable Fresno Airport car rental company thanks to their higher ratings, positive reviews and extensive vehicle selection. While our search results showed as many as five separate SUV choices from Enterprise, Alamo offered as few as three depending on the dates. They also rate at least 9.5 out of 10 stars on RentalCar.com in criteria such as value, service, car condition and selection. And, of course, their pricing seems just right—often either the lowest or second lowest in rental rates.

Best for families or groups: Budget

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If you plan on packing your friends or family into a rental SUV or van after arriving at the FAT airport, your best bet is to rent from Budget. Their rates are not the lowest, but they are close and their SUV and van selection is impressive. Renters are able to choose the classic Ford Escape, the roomy Chevrolet Traverse—even the economical “workhorse” we call a Dodge Caravan—and those are only a few of their options. Plus, they are tied with Thrifty as the highest-rated in-terminal Fresno rental car agency on Google with 4.6 out of 5 stars (and plenty of reviews!)

Best for business travelers: Enterprise

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Enterprise took the lead again as we evaluated the best business traveler rental car options at FAT. Not only is their Enterprise Plus rewards program a customer favorite, but our research showed they offer the best rates on mid to luxury class vehicles. They even offer the Dodge Challenger as a car rental option, a popular choice for international business travelers that enjoy the power and comfort of American muscle cars. The Fresno Airport Hertz also has an appealing rewards program and reasonable rates, but their reviews are not as complimentary and they do not have a sports class available for those looking to add some gusto to their business trip.