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Minneapolis Airport Car Rental: The Best Companies

by Stephanie Baker  |  Published January 5, 2017

The Minneapolis St Paul International Airport (MSP) hosts nine different in-terminal car rental companies, but which is the best for your next trip? TravelMag.com evaluated each Minneapolis Airport car rental company option and chose the top agency for three separate categories: most affordable, best for business travelers, and best for luxury cars.

Minneapolis Cityscape, Minneapolis, MN (Photo: M. Paulson via Flickr)

First, some important things to keep in mind when renting a vehicle at this airport: There are two airport terminals; Terminal 1-Lindbergh (second and third levels) and Terminal 2-Humphrey (ground level). Also, all nine rental car companies have a counter at both terminals, so check to make sure your rental will be waiting at the correct terminal. Lastly, only Avis, Hertz and National offer 24-hour vehicle rentals, but all nine companies offer service as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 1 a.m. depending on the agency.

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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 policies of your MSP rental car supplier options. Our findings are as follows:

Most affordable: Advantage

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Leading in rental car affordability at MSP is Advantage, with deals from Dollar and Budget not far behind. The rates these companies offer for economy, compact, intermediate, standard, and full-sized cars are consistently lower than their in-terminal competitors. In fact, we checked several dates and found these three suppliers to be as much as $200 cheaper per week than other suppliers for the dates we researched. And while Advantage offers the Nissan Versa rather than the Ford Focus that Dollar and Budget offer as their compact car choice, the Nissan is very similar to the Ford in space, comfort and fuel economy—at a noticeably lower price. Need a little more room? Our search also revealed Advantage’s prices for SUVs and vans are hardly more expensive than their sedans at this location. Many competitors have a sizable price gap between standard and intermediate vehicles in our search, making Advantage the top contender in value.

Best for business travelers: Enterprise

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It was a tough decision between Enterprise and Hertz for business travelers, but we had to go with Enterprise due to one important factor: availability. Multiple searches with varying criteria resulted in several Enterprise vehicle options while Hertz sometimes had no availability. Regardless of your vehicle class preference, there is a good chance Enterprise will have a car for you at MSP. Business travelers heading to Minneapolis can also take advantage of the Enterprise Plus rewards program, which offers several reward tiers that include benefits such as bonus points, rental discounts and free vehicle upgrades. They are also the top-rated Minneapolis airport in-terminal rental car company on RentalCars.com with 8.5 out of 10 stars, which is based on customer reviews.

Best for luxury cars: Budget

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Budget has a solid reputation all-around, and their luxury car options at Minneapolis St Paul Airport live up to it. They receive high ratings for both vehicle cleanliness and condition, and their pricing is competitive. Enterprise is a close second, but Budget renters are able to book the Ford Taurus Limited as a premium car for nearly the same price Enterprise charges for a Chevy Impala, a classic and comparable vehicle but with fewer features and less power. Some of the premium vehicle options at the Budget MSP rental car location include the sporty Lincoln MKS, the spacious (and stylish) BMW X5, and the spirited Ford Mustang Convertible—all commendable luxury-class vehicles.
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