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Alamo Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Seattle Tacoma International Airport is located to the south of Seattle, and to the north of Tacoma, in the state of Washington. It is one of the largest U.S airports, handling around 32 million passengers per annum, and is an important international gateway. The airport, due to its location in SeaTac, is also referred to as the Sea-Tac Airport, and it has the official IATA code of SEA. A wide variety of facilities are available for airport passengers including car hire companies, such as Alamo Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Alamo is now located at the new Rental Car Centre of the airport, and is conveniently reached by free shuttle buses.
The Rental Car Centre opened on 17 May, 2012, and is therefore one of the more recent improvements of the airport. The facility is found at the intersection of South 160th Street and International Boulevard South, and is about a five to seven minute ride by shuttle. It takes up a space of 93,000 square metres, and there are car parks able to hold up to 5,400 vehicles. All the airport car hire companies are now found at this location, and although passengers must now take a shuttle, they are considered as convenient. The shuttles are free of charge, and leave from two areas of the main terminal. One bus stop is found at the south end of the terminal and the other is at the north end. The buses leave the terminals every few minutes when necessary, and operate twenty-four hours a day. They are also able to accommodate all luggage items carried by their passengers, and are equipped to transport disabled passengers.
Passengers on all arrival flights will be able to rent a car from Alamo as their offices are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They are even open on bank holidays. Rented cars can be a very popular form of transport from Seattle Tacoma Airport, therefore advanced online reservations are recommended. Alamo is best known for their services that offer benefits for leisure travellers, and have a wide selection of vehicles ideal for all types of holidays. The company was established over thirty years ago, and from a few locations in Florida, grew to thousands of locations around the world. Alamo pioneered the concept of Unlimited Free Mileage, and introduced rental contracts that were the size of an airline ticket. They were also the first car rental company to offer real-time bookings over the internet, and an online check-in service in 2005. Their services also include many aspects that are useful to leisure travellers, such as activities for children, and weather and traffic updates.
Drivers who are unfamiliar with the roads of Seattle and Tacoma are recommended to request a satellite navigation system for their rental, and families with young children will require car seats, which can also be reserved from Alamo. These items of equipment will cost a few extra dollars per day of hire, but usually have a maximum amount per rental contract. Alamo offers services for disabled drivers and travellers as well, for example, a person unable to drive due to disability may still be the primary renter of a vehicle, provided that he/she is accompanied by an able driver with a valid drivers license. The disabled person will then pay for the rental with his/her credit card, but the contract will be validated with the accompanying person’s driving license. Alamo hand controls are available for persons who have a lower limb disability, and from Seattle Tacoma Airport, hand controls are free of charge. The additional driver for a disabled primary renter will incur no extra charges either.
The Seattle Tacoma International Airport car hire companies, including Alamo, have a large selection of vehicles available, most of which are usually hired by category. The majority of vehicles hired in the United States have automatic transmissions, and some nice features, such as air conditioning, power steering, airbag protection and cruise control. For travellers who are not looking for a particularly fancy car, the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa or Toyota Corolla can be hired from the Economy, Compact or Midsize categories. These cars are easy to drive, come with very reasonable rental rates and are light on fuel. They have room for four or five passengers and a few luggage items. Larger vehicles include the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala, with more room for luggage, and Premium and Luxury cars are similar to the Nissan Maxima, Lincoln MKS and Cadillac DTS.
Alamo’s selection of larger vehicles also include Minivans, SUVs, Crossovers and Pickups. SUVs are excellent cars for leisure travel, and the larger SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban and Lincoln Navigator even have space for up to seven passengers. They offer good space for luggage as well. Additional SUVs from Alamo include the Ford Escape, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Hummer H3, Crossovers are similar to the Dodge Journey and GMC Acadia and Minivans are similar to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna for eight passengers. A high occupancy vehicle available is the Chevrolet Express, with room for up to fifteen passengers. This car could be ideal for groups of travellers.
The Seattle Tacoma International Airport car rental companies often have loyalty programs for their frequent customers, and offer services such as one way hires. Customers who are ‘Alamo Insiders’ are guaranteed at least a 10% discount on the usual rental rates. There are no charges to become an Alamo Insider. Alamo one way hires are ordinary rentals, except that the vehicle will be returned to a location other than the rental location from where it was collected, which in this case is the Seattle Tacoma Airport. One way hire services may only be available for certain car categories, may not be permitted to travel across the border and may incur additional charges. Try to arrange a cross-border rental with Alamo if you plan to drive into Canada. Contact Alamo for all further details required.
Sea-Tac International Airport (SEAT71)
3150 S 160th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188-2619
(888) 826-6893 ext. MAIN
(206) 433-0182 ext. LOCAL
Fax Number: (206) 824-2327