Car Rental Tips: How to Save Time

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When it comes to family vacations, anything you can do to ensure a smooth trip — like picking up your rental car and getting on your way in minutes — is a must. Here are five tips to help you navigate the car rental process at Alamo with ease, so you can spend more time enjoying your vacation.

Skip the Counter with Online Check-In

At many of the most popular U.S airport locations, you can use’s Online Check-In to “Skip the Counter” and go straight to the rental lot to choose your vehicle. To get started, visit and fill out our Online Check-In form with your driver’s license information and confirmation number. You can then choose your driver preferences, such as GPS and car seat options. Handling all the details ahead of time means you’ll be on your way in no time when you arrive to pick up your car.

Visit the Kiosk

To streamline your rental experience, utilize an Alamo Self-Service Kiosk during check-in. The kiosk allows you to save time by skipping the rental counter. All you need to check in at the kiosk is your driver’s license and credit card. The kiosk also allows you to upgrade your vehicle, add drivers and purchase options. When you’re finished, just show your rental agreement and driver’s license at the exit booth before you hit the road. 

Visit the Kiosk

Consider the Payment Method

When renting with Alamo, credit cards are usually the easiest form of payment. Just present a credit card with the renter’s name at the time of rental. In the U.S. you can pay with a debit card, but there are additional requirements, such as proof of your round-trip travel ticket.

A credit card in the renter’s name is also required to prepay online. When you prepay online at least 24 hours in advance, you’re eligible for a 10 percent discount.

Don’t Fuel Up When Returning the Rental Car

As a renter, you can choose to fuel up the vehicle before returning it or you can save time and avoid making an extra stop en route to the airport by pre-paying for fuel ahead of time. When you pay for a full tank of gas at the time of pickup, you can return the vehicle with an empty tank for no extra charge. You’ll save yourself a trip to the gas station, meaning there’s one less task standing between you and your journey home.

Get a Toll Pass

If you’re driving a lot during your trip, ask about Toll Pass when you pick up your rental. How does it work? When you drive on toll roads, the charges will automatically be applied to the card on file for the vehicle rental. This handy option saves you time because it allows you to breeze through tolls without stopping to pay.

Keep these five tips in mind, and you’ll navigate the rental process like a pro.