Charlotte (CLT) is a large airport in the United States of America. It is located a few miles to the west of downtown Charlotte, in the state of North Carolina. The airport is the eleventh busiest in terms of passenger traffic in the U.S. and is the largest hub for US Airways, an important national airline carrier. The majority of the airport’s flights are domestic, but there are a significant number of international flights as well. Arriving passengers will find extensive facilities for their needs, including several car hire companies, such as Budget. For many years, Budget has been one of the favourite car rental companies at airports around the world, as they are popular for their ‘budget’ car hire rates and innovative services.
Charlotte International Airport handles around 39 million passengers per annum, and is therefore a large establishment with several buildings for passenger operations. There is a main terminal which branches out to five concourses, known as A, B, C, D and E. Concourse E is mainly used by US Airways, while Concourse D is considered as the international terminal. A new international terminal will also begin construction in 2012. Arriving passengers will collect their baggage from the lower levels of the terminal, and will also find the car hire companies of the airport on the lower baggage claim level. Budget Charlotte is open from 04:30am to 12:30am every day of the week besides Saturdays, when they are open from 04:30am to 11:30pm. Budget’s rental counters in the terminal building do not have exception hours, which means they are even open on public holidays such as Christmas Day and New Years Day. Although Budget vehicles can be hired directly over the counter, it is recommended to make an advanced online reservation. Online reservations are often cheaper, and will ensure that your ideal car is ready for your arrival.
Budget has more than fifty years of experience in the car hire industry, as the company was founded in 1958. Today they also have more than 3,000 rental locations in over 120 countries around the world. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of Budget’s Fastbreak rental locations. The service is a loyalty program for more frequent renters and provides a number of benefits for the customer. Fastbreak customers are able to skip the rental counters, arrange their own rentals and have access to faster reservations because their rental preferences are held in a RapidRez account. Frequent renters will also save money with up to 20% off their rentals. A frequent renter, as defined by Budget, is someone who has rented three or more times from any Budget car rental location. Customers who would like to enroll for the Fastbreak program may need to provide proof of three rental contracts.
The Airport car rental companies require their primary renters to be at least 21 years of age, however, drivers younger than 25 will pay an additional surcharge which will amount to $27.00 per day, per underage driver registered on the rental contract. An underage driver will also be restricted to rent only from the Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize or Premium car categories, and may not use a debit card for the required hold of the estimated rental charges. Young drivers will use a major credit card for this purpose, such as Mastercard, American Express, Visa, GE Capital, Discover, AT & T and Diners Club Int’l. It is very important to ensure that you have a drivers license that will be accepted by Budget. US driving licenses are accepted, otherwise, the renter must provide a Canadian endorsed license or a valid passport, as well as a travel itinerary that shows proof of return to the resident country. US drivers may also be subject to a computerized Department of Motor Vehicles check, in order to prove a safe driving record, or may be required to sign a driving record addendum. Budget reserves the right to withhold a vehicle from any renter.
When a vehicle is reserved, the customer has an option to include various items of equipment in his/her rental, such as child seats, satellite navigation systems and ski racks. These items can also be selected when an online reservation is made. Budget’s child safety seats will cost about $13.00 per day with a maximum of $65.00 per rental. There are infant child seats available, suitable for children of 5 – 20 pounds and for toddlers of 20 – 40 pounds. Booster seats can also be arranged, for older children weighing 40 – 80 pounds. The navigation system available from Budget is the Where2 GPS. Budget has several services for customers with disabilities as well. Budget hand controls are ideal for drivers with a lower limb disability, and are hired free of charge from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Hand controls should be reserved in advance. TDD reservation services are also available, and Budget has a Special Needs department that can be contacted toll-free from the U.S. at 888-221-1203.
Budget one way hires may be possible from Douglas Airport. One way hires can be arranged at the rental counters, or in advance, and may be more expensive than an ordinary rental. Vehicles may be driven and returned to any city in North Carolina, and usually to any of the surrounding states as well.
Choosing a car from Budget is quite simple, as they are arranged into various car categories. In general, however, smaller cars are similar to the Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus, medium sized cars are similar to the Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, Chevy Impala, Ford Escape and Infiniti G25 and large cars are similar to the Ford Edge, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car. Budget also offers a nice selection of high occupancy vehicles, which include the Ford Expedition EL, Ford Explorer, Dodge Caravan and Ford Econoline (for twelve passengers). A number of cars can also be specifically reserved by make and model, and they are found in Budget’s Street Fleet category. These vehicles include the Chevy Corvette, Ford Mustang, Toyota Prius Hybrid, Volvo V70, BMW X3, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Jeep Wrangler and Lincoln Navigator.
Rent a car from Budget Charlotte Douglas for a holiday or business trip, and enjoy some of the lowest car rental rates available.
Budget Car Rental
4210 Rent A Car Road
Charlotte, NC 28214 US
Telephone Number: 704-359-5001