Dallas Airport Car Rental: The Best Companies

by Mark Rebindaine  |  Updated April 28, 2019

The primary airport serving the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is also the largest hub of American Airlines. In 2017, it catered for more than 67 million passengers, making it the 15th busiest airport in the world.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (Photo: Sean Davis via Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0)

Rental cars can be picked up from the Rental Car Centre, located near the south entrance of the airport. To reach this area, follow the rental car signs to the pick-up area on the lower level of the terminal. From there, a bus will shuttle you to the centre, which is approximately 10 minutes away.

To determine which rental car companies offer the best vehicles across our three categories (Most Affordable, Best for Luxury, Best for Minivans), TravelMag.com carefully researched prices, availability, policies and customer reviews of the 12 car rental companies operating out of DFW. Here are our findings:

Most affordable: Dollar & Thrifty

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For the ‘Most Affordable’ category, we found both Dollar and Thrifty to have the best choice of cheap car rentals. Throughout the summer, Dollar leases out a Chevrolet Spark for under $50 per day and the award-winning Hyundai Accent for just a few dollars more. Dollar is highly praised for the speediness in which it handles drop-offs and pick-ups and as a whole averages an impressive 8.3 out of 10 from customer feedback. Thrifty has plenty of cars between $50-60U per day with a Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Impala and Volkswagen Jetta all falling into this range. However, Thrifty’s customer feedback doesn’t score quite as well as Dollar’s, averaging 7.7 out of 10 in total.

Best for luxury cars: Avis & Dollar

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Picking the best rental car agency depends slightly on your car of preference. If you are a Ford fan, then we’d recommend Avis, which works closely with General Motors. They have Ford Edges, Ford Escapes and the Ford Taurus on their books (for around $80 per day), as well as a Ford Mustang Cabrio and a Lincoln MKZ as their most luxurious sedan at DFW Airport. For Asian luxurious cars, we’d recommend Dollar. Here, you’ll find models from Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota, along with the extremely handsome Buick Regal. Dollar receives overwhelmingly positive customer reviews, too.

Best for Minivans: Dollar & Alamo

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From cheering on the Dallas Cowboys to heading into the countryside to watch a rodeo, there’s a huge amount to see and do in Dallas. If there happens to be a large group of you, then we suggest either Dollar’s Nissan Quest at $90 per day or Alamo’s Dodge Grand Caravan which carries a similar price tag. If selecting a minivan solely on price, Dollar usually has the best rates; however if you’re looking for a better selection, we’d recommend Alamo, which also counts upon Ford Exhibitions and Chevrolet Suburbans in its fleet of large vehicles.