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Birmingham, AL, United States - Birmingham
Jul 8 — Jul 15
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Birmingham, AL, United States - Birmingham
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Rated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (149 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Alamo
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentFeb 6 2022
The amount of time I waited to get a receipt after turning the car in was excessive. They had a few employees handling three different rental-car companies.
5.9 OkayAug 11 2021
The National / Alamo service counter was not open inside and there was no sign on the desk to indicate that they were located outside under the parking garage.
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2021
Drop off was great - quick and easy and rep was polite.Had to ask the rep at pick up to note the obvious vehicle damage onto my rental contract.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 1 2021
Staff both departing and returning were great. Needed Suv and was given as promisedThe only negative was there were no floor mats or paper sheet covers for the interior floorboard. The place I was going was rural and muddy, so I had to constantly lay down towels or garbage bags to keep the interior floor carpet clean.
8.0 ExcellentJan 4 2021
Easy drop offSlight delay at pickup
2.0 MediocreOct 22 2020
Car was smoked in
4.4 OkayAug 31 2020
Dropoff staff were friendlyPickup staff were unaware of time lapse for vehicle waited one and a half hours for vehicle I didn't order
4.0 OkayAug 20 2020
Drop off was very easyThe executive Synethia at the counter was extremely rude. I was with my 7 month old son and wife. She was hostile, kept on talking to other people and interrupting me when it was my turn. I would have cancelled the reservation right then if we did not need the car for my son.
2.0 MediocreJan 16 2019
No cars availableUsed your service to book a car. When I showed up they said they had no cars available. Left me scrambling late at night for an alternative.
6.8 GoodJan 7 2019
Alamo Rental in BirminghamThis is a complicated review, because I have to balance the negative against several positives that occurred. First, I think I got a good deal on line. Second, we had a horrible flight over with several delays and cancellations due to weather. Instead of arriving in the morning, I reached the rental car desk in the BHM garage about 11:30pm. They were gracious and very helpful, and I needed the car to drive another hour south for the holiday. Finally, there was a mix-up in the billing and the information I received from Alamo 800 number. They were accommodating and resolved it to the best of their ability. They were in a tight spot really. I appreciate their cooperativeness. The car was a pleasure to drive.Several negatives occurred with this rental. First, the car was not cleaned thoroughly. A jacket was in the back (I gave that to the desk), and it reeked of cigarette smoke. I mean, it did this for over a week. Like driving in a ash can. But we had no choice: This was the only car they had for me at 11:30pm after a bad day of delayed flights due to weather. I had called earlier in the first day to talk to Alamo and they informed me that a second driver could be added for free, and this was standing policy. The desk thought otherwise and added a $150 charge for my wife. I complained and the desk staff upon return graciously took the charge off, and told me this was not their policy. They were in a bad spot with this conflicting information. I felt bad for them. But then again, I have to check my credit card to see what my charges are at the moment.
Rated no. 2
Dollar
7.5 Good (123 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Dollar
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 9 2022
All was good
2.0 MediocreMar 25 2022
I made a mistake on my booking and minutes later I realized it was too late and there was no way to cancel it!!! I have not used the car and my card was charged full amount for the payment!!! Very bad experience!!!
1.9 HorribleSep 8 2021
The truck smelled like smoke, got to destination the Check engine light came on went to exchange vehicle for another and they tried to downgrade my Yukon to a Ford Explorer needless to say I won’t rent with dollar again.
7.9 GoodJul 13 2021
Car was not well prepped. Smelled like cigarettes. Rear hatch would not open! There are no designated Dollar parking spots in the garage. Difficult to know where to return the car.
10.0 ExcellentJun 14 2021
Staff was extremely friendly and helpful.Everything went off without a hitch so I can find no negative in my experience. Thank-you very much.
10.0 ExcellentJun 3 2021
Super fast and great customer service. Dollar is combined with Hertz there, so there’s always someone to help.
10.0 ExcellentMay 9 2021
Competent staff.Price has gone up substantially in the past year.
10.0 ExcellentMay 3 2021
They need to stay open later for late flight arrivals. Otherwise, great experience!
10.0 ExcellentMay 2 2021
The staff was friendly and courteous. Drop off was super easy.I didn't get the car quoted, but I had a very good substitution. I realize what one wants is not always available at the time.
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2021
Not enough staff working. Waited an hour in line for a rental I had reserved several weeks in advance. Additionally, I was double charge. I am currently working on how to correct this.Better speed on processing customers. Better billing system.
Rated no. 3
Budget
7.5 Good (53 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Budget
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentJun 30 2022
My pickup could have gone better. There was no one in the building with a sign saying “Go directly to the booth outside”. After I went to the booth they said I could have gotten someone inside to help me. They were out of compact cars so they rented me a Jeep Grand Cherokee for the same price.
10.0 ExcellentMay 22 2022
nice clean truck
10.0 ExcellentJan 31 2022
Car wasn’t very clean and nothing was checked like fluids air pressure etc.
8.0 ExcellentJan 8 2022
Signage to find the place seemed to lacking
1.9 HorribleJul 26 2021
Horrible customer service, just unacceptable. Ended up using Uber from the airport to the hotel, and the next day when I called them, Budget’s response was “oh, the person in charge forgot to leave the key for you. But you can come pick your car up now.” And that was after I called them few days in advance, and then once again on the day of arrival, specially mentioning I am traveling with 2 little kids. “Well, we can void the contact if you don’t need the car anymore.” - that was their response to my statement about Budget’s bad customer service. So that’s what I did - I asked them to cancel. If this is how they run business, I don’t think I want to be part of it.
5.9 OkayJun 23 2021
Picked up a Camry initially, but we knew within a few minutes we would have to return it. Strong tire vibration left us feeling unsafe for our upcoming road trip. Dealt with tired employees and a lot of back & forth before finally finding a good replacement. It took about 2 hours off our journey so we were off to a late start. Replacement car was just fine, but windshield wipers were so loud. Both cars could've been cleaned better. Drop off was okay but felt bad for stressed and overworked employee who handled it.
7.2 GoodSep 12 2019
It was not clear to me that there was an offsite Budget, who I actually rented from, and a onsite at the airport Budget. The man in charge was very helpful to honor what I had and made clear that it would be $5 more per day. Which was fine.
5.6 OkayAug 15 2019
Returning the rental was easyThe cleaning of the car was a joke. This is the third car from budget that I’ve had where the staff just ran it through the car wash while the inside looked messy. Also, the billing is wrong. The bill was more at the end than what was quoted.
4.0 OkayMay 21 2019
Budget had a car in Birmingham. No reservation for me. The customer in front of me had issues picking up his car. They had to call around to find my reservationKyak said I had a reservation; somebody needed to tell Budget, they had no idea. When I returned the car to Louisville airport, they didn't have it in system, couldn't produce a receipt and said a receipt would be emailed to me. 2 days after drop off I do not have a receipt or proof I dropped the
8.0 ExcellentMar 6 2019
Staff was friendly. Vehicle was in good condition.Finding the Budget Rent a Car pick up location (actually inside the public parking structure at Birmingham AL airport) was a hassle. Directions to the booth in the parking garage were poor. Additionally, the return address for vehicle drop off took me to the off-airport office.
Rated no. 4
Avis
7.3 Good (36 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Avis
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 7.1
  • 7.8
  • 7.3
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJun 30 2022
Dirty car in poor condition.
10.0 ExcellentJun 28 2022
Avis is fine, but the Kia Sportage has absolutely no get up and go. Several times wanted to pass going uphill and there was nothing, no response from the car at all until I floored it. The head rest was not adjustable and kept my neck at a painful angle the entire trip. Get something else. The check-in and check-out process couldn't have been easier though. Avis should have done a walk-around with me before we took the car. They just gave me a key. There were several scratches on the back bumper, sticker goop on the front left quarter panel, and the front tag (Illinois plates) looked like someone had tried to remove it. We bent it back into place. There was a large ding in the driver's side windshield. Would have been nice to know they were aware of these things before we took the car.
6.0 GoodMay 20 2022
The cars weren’t ready. The list of people waiting to get a vehicle was long. Waited over an hour to get a car, that ended up being a different one.
10.0 ExcellentMay 1 2022
During our first hours driving, a serious steering problem developed and we headed for the nearest airport Avis agency in Montgomery. The staff there immediately took action to find us a replacement vehicle and we were back on the road within a hour, with an upgraded car. Excellent service!
6.0 GoodMar 2 2022
Need to extend the rental for one more day. Was not able to do it over the phone or on the computer. Had to physically return to the Birmingham Airport, because the phone was constantly busy. Other than that, everything was fine.
2.0 MediocreDec 17 2021
It was very evident that someone had smoked in the car at some point in time. I struggled to breathe
8.0 ExcellentNov 9 2021
It was good. Return could've been better but it was the shuttle's fault.
1.9 HorribleSep 30 2021
Overcharged. Gas tank was empty
2.0 MediocreMay 26 2021
Drop off was quick but it looked like both the workers at the booth wanted to be anywhere other then there.It took awhile to pick up the car because the front desk was understaffed. The vehicle smelled heavily of smoke the interior driver and passenger side doors where cut up and the seats were stained and filthy. The front windshield had two big chips in it and there were scratches all over the vehicle. Lastly, someone took the floor mats out of the vehicle and never returned them. I will NEVER RENT FROM AVIS AGAIN and I strongly suggest you don’t either.
10.0 ExcellentApr 30 2021
The only issue I had was finding your office. Once I found it - the service was fast and helpful.
Rated no. 5
Thrifty
7.1 Good (54 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 6.9
  • 6.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayOct 17 2020
A REFUND ON MY CANCELLATION
10.0 ExcellentJun 29 2020
Yes
10.0 ExcellentMar 14 2020
staff was very friendly and helpful - even to recommend a place to have lunch
9.6 ExcellentDec 23 2019
Staff was very helpful.Reduce the different location drop off fee.
10.0 ExcellentApr 4 2019
i need info from the first week rental through Kayak for insurance reimbursement and I can not get someone to email me back from kayak.
8.0 ExcellentOct 22 2018
Funky entertainment system was too difficult to navigate.
6.0 GoodAug 7 2018
Upon our return ... no one was at the booth.. we waited 5 minutes and finally a security guard walked over to advise us to go in side. No one at the counter waited 15 minutes. asked all other counters if they knew where someone was... nothing! then finally she came in, she says nothing, takes our contract and proceeds to say our final bill is 166.dollars and I said "no.. it is 65.81 bill is. and she says "no ma'm you're late and this is what the bill is now be cause you're late" I am not happy and my husband said we can't help no one was at the booth and you certainly were not here for quite a while. I then became upset and said I wanted to see her manager. she then said, well I could have adjusted it but because of your STANK ATTITUDE, I am not. The bill is 166.23. She kept repeating my bill is what it is because of mt STANK ATTITUTDE. She said this 3 times. I recorded her conversation and am going to follow up with Corporate. I will never rent from Thrifty again. Was I upset..., YES don't almost triple my charges and expect me, the consumer to be happy about it when I was 4 minutes late because they were not at the booth! The young man on our pick up was very personable and courteous.
3.2 MediocreJul 27 2018
Not a good experirenceThe rate I was quoted onlineThe rate that i was charged when I got to the counter was nearly double what I was given online. The car was not clean. someone water bottle was in the cup holder. Front windows were greasy like they haven't been cleaned in months. The drop off was not staffed and disorganized, car lined up and no one checking them in. I waited and no one showed up and I walked away and dropped the keys at the counter.
5.2 OkayJul 25 2018
BlahDrop off was smooth. That was the best part. LolCar seats were filthy and there was a computer issue during pickup which created a 30 minute delay to my road trip. Also cars are hard to find. An employee should escort customer to vehicle. I spent 10 minutes walking in circles looking for it.
6.0 GoodJul 11 2018
Rude customer serviceCar was great. 39 mpg. Held all of us well.Getting the car was a bear. Local phone was inoperative. Can't designate spouse as an authorized driver.
Rated no. 6
Payless
6.8 Good (50 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Payless
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 7.1
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.5
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJun 8 2022
The van was broken. Windshield had black tape and flap with noise throughout the trip. The van was flithy when I picked it up.
2.0 MediocreFeb 2 2022
The car smelled of smoke to the point that we had to keep the windows open the entire time we had the vehicle.
10.0 ExcellentDec 22 2021
The rental from BHM airport was simple. The minivan was just what we needed
8.0 ExcellentDec 10 2021
The car I used was in good condition and had great gas mileage
1.9 HorribleOct 5 2021
The check in was horrible!!!! We were in line for about 11/2 hrs. There was one person working having to do all aspects of the job. She did an excellent job with customer service.
1.9 HorribleOct 2 2021
The best thing about this experience was the Manager the next day. We got our car the first day, not the right one. Our car was sold/overbooked. It died within using the car within 20 miles. Had to get it towed, service rep said we would have to incur the costs? Making us freak out for a moment. Manager fixed it and gave us a car and it worked for the rest of the weekend. Very upsetting to have this happen and its a real shame.
1.9 HorribleSep 23 2021
They lied and refused to give me a vehicle that I paid to rent. Totally unapologetic. Terrible customer service. Seeking a refund
1.9 HorribleSep 20 2021
Wouldn't rent me the car.
7.9 GoodSep 8 2021
Good value for price; pick up was straightforward.
2.0 MediocreApr 19 2021
Newer car and cleanThe Payless was closed and Avis had many issues with the Initial rental
Rated no. 7
Hertz
6.8 Good (39 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Hertz
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 6.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayJun 19 2022
Radio did not work. Impossible to get Customer Support at Hertz. Sat on hold for over an hour two different times. Got directed to some sort of bot chat that also did not work.
4.0 OkayMay 9 2022
They canceled our reservation because we were 1 hour late. Our flight was delayed. They should have seen that since they have my flight information. It became a cluster and further delay for me.
10.0 ExcellentApr 17 2022
Everything worked out well. Good experience
8.0 ExcellentMar 28 2022
Picking up was slow and poorly marked. Drop off was easy.
3.9 MediocreSep 17 2021
There was over 15 people waiting for their cars because they didn't have enough cars there! I was told it would be about 1.5 hour wait before I get the minivan I reserved! The young man there did a great job by giving me a large suv at no extra cost. He was working alone because 2 people called in that morning. This was the Airport location!
7.9 GoodAug 23 2021
No one to take the return, had to leave for our flight. There were multiple cars but no workers!
3.9 MediocreJul 25 2021
Pick up at the airport took forever (it was 10 pm and I was the only customer). I reserved an SUV and they only wanted to give me a small car that could only seat 5. We were going on vacation for over a month in another state than the pickup state. The car didn't have enough storage space for the trip. I was told it was unlimited mileage but found out at drop off they were charging for the miles used. I had to prepay the insurance, pickup tried to bill me again which I had to argue to get removed. Found out after drop off they recharged me the insurance. I can't reach anyone by phone so I submitted a question about the charges I'm still waiting for a response. I'll never use Hertz again.
2.0 MediocreMay 30 2021
NothingThe wait for a car would have been 2 hours. There were no cars available, I had a reservation but that did not matter. Employees not truthful! I completed the initial paper work that included paying A security deposit if 500 dollars. I CANCELLED MY RESERVATION AND WENT TO AVIS THAT WAS 10 STEPS TO THE LEFT OF HERTZ FRONT COUNTER. Berminham Airport. You have morons working for you. This is your review and do not contact me, if you do I will expose you on social media and start a campaign of ni or using Hertz
2.0 MediocreFeb 21 2021
They were clear that a lack of inventory and local conditions were the culprit.Had no cars so I didn’t get this rental.
2.0 MediocreFeb 9 2021
The price of the rental.The car almost made me sick every time I had to drive it. It smelled very strong of cigarettes. There was no one at the drop off location or at the counter.
Rated no. 8
Enterprise
9.4 Excellent (10 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 10
  • 9.8
  • 9.4
  • 9
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 30 2017
Fast and easyQuick to pick up. Great, recently cleaned car.
9.6 ExcellentApr 24 2017
Good car good staffThey did not have a full size car so they borrowed one from another rental company for meAll good no complaints
6.4 GoodMar 3 2017
Bham generated 2 tickets on my rental which slowed up the process on the back end when I turned the car in.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 22 2017
Super Convenient!Loved picking up and dropping off the car on the first floor of the parking deck. Dropped it off and I was in the airport in under a minute.
9.6 ExcellentNov 21 2016
Easy return and pickup and very clean car.Insurance was pretty high amount.
10.0 ExcellentSep 2 2016
Harrison was so very helpful. He gave us a great deal on a lot bigger car then I had planned and it was wonderful to have all that room. Made for a awesome ride back to VA. Also had a problem with being charged for Insurance which I already took out with Alamo for a different vehicle I was going to rent. But called customer service and they took care of it. ThanksWhen we took the vehicle back to Norfolk Airport there was a few issues. I called they said on the recording they were open till 11:30 pm. Door said 10:00pm. Got there before 9:00pm not a soul in site. Need to work on that.
Rated no. 9
National
8.4 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in Birmingham Airport
National
Locations in Birmingham Airport
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 9 2022
More people at the check out I mean less waiting period at the counter or a self check out booth
10.0 ExcellentSep 12 2017
EveriyhingNothing
10.0 ExcellentOct 19 2015
Good Car --- No Hassles!It was an quick and easy pick-up in Pensacola and drop-off in Birmingham. The car was ready to go and got great gas mileage!
Easirent
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Easirent
Locations in Birmingham Airport
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Sunnycars
1 location in Birmingham Airport
Sunnycars
Locations in Birmingham Airport
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519 travellers who hired a car in Birmingham Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,6

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