Alamo/National "Pick your ride" lots list

 
Old Jun 20, 12, 6:13 pm
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Alamo/National "Pick your ride" lots list

I generally travel at least once a month and Alamo is my rental car company of choice. I generally get better rate with them than Avis or Hertz and I often get the added benefit of being able to walk through the lot and choose whichever car I want in my reserved class instead of simply being handed a key to a car. I love that! It makes my trips a little more enjoyable. That being said, I generally only get to pick my ride when the airport lot is secure. When it's not secure, I get handed a key.

So, which airport lots let you pick your ride? Let's compile a list (starting with airports I've frequented) of airports. Can you pick your ride?

Arizona

PHX - Yes (Secured Lot)

Arkansas

XNA - No (Unsecured Lot)

California

LAX - Yes (Secured Lot)
LGB - No (Unsecured Lot)
ONT - Yes (Secured Lot)
PSP - No (Unsecured Lot)
SFO - Yes (Secured lot)

Colorado

DEN - Yes (Secured Lot)

District of Columbia

DCA - Yes (Secured Lot) - National EE members can select from Enterprise, National and Alamo

Florida

FLL - Yes (Secured Lot)
MCO - Yes (Secured Lot)
MIA - Yes (Secured Lot)
PBI - YES (Secured Lot)
RSW - Yes (Secured Lot)
TPA - Yes (Secured Lot)

Georgia

ATL - Yes (Secured Lot)

Illinois

ORD - Yes (secured lot)

Indiana

SBN - No (unsecured lot)

Michigan

DTW - Yes (Secured Lot)
FNT - No (Unsecured Lot)

Minnesota

MSP - Yes (Secured Lot)

Missouri

BKG - No (Unsecured Lot)
MCI - Yes (Secured Lot)

Nebraska

OMA - No (Unsecured Lot)

Nevada

LAS - Yes (Secured Lot)

North Carolina

CLT - Yes (Secured Lot)
RDU - Yes (Secured Lot)

South Carolina

GSP - No (unsecured lot)

Texas

AUS - No (Unsecured Lot, but you are sometimes offered a choice by outside attendant)
DFW - Yes (Secured Lot)
HOU - Yes (Secured Lot)
MAF - No (Unsecured Lot)
SAT - Yes (Secured Lot)

Utah

PVU - No Alamo (Hertz only)
SLC - No (Unsecured Lot) - also, almost exclusively GM cars

Virginia

DCA - Yes (Secured Lot)
IAD - Yes (Secured Lot)
RIC - No (Unsecured Lot)

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Old Jun 20, 12, 9:44 pm
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I'm usually a National customer but these are a few I remember from previous rentals:

Arkansas
XNA - No (Unsecured Lot)

Florida
FLL - Yes (Secured Lot)
MCO - Yes (Secured Lot)
MIA - Yes (Secured Lot)
TPA - Yes (Secured Lot)

Michigan
DTW - Yes (Secured Lot)
FNT - No (Unsecured Lot)

Minnesota
MSP - Yes (Secured Lot)

Missouri
BKG - No (Unsecured Lot)

Nevada
LAS - Yes (Secured Lot)

North Carolina
RDU - Yes (Secured Lot)

Virginia
DCA - Yes (Secured Lot)
IAD - Yes (Secured Lot)
RIC - No (Unsecured Lot)
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Old Jun 21, 12, 6:28 am
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My last three trips I've ended up with a different car from ordered so that sounds good. Especially as no one can tell me what will be offered as luxury at the start of next year since Cadillac don't make the DTS and Lincoln don't make the Town car anymore. I don't want a 10 year old design so picking from a section sounds ideal.
Can anyone tell me exactly where the Alamo drop off is at MCO?
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Old Jun 21, 12, 6:49 am
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Originally Posted by rhinok View Post
I generally travel at least once a month and Alamo is my rental car company of choice. I generally get better rate with them than Avis or Hertz and I often get the added benefit of being able to walk through the lot and choose whichever car I want in my reserved class instead of simply being handed a key to a car. I love that! It makes my trips a little more enjoyable. That being said, I generally only get to pick my ride when the airport lot is secure. When it's not secure, I get handed a key.

So, which airport lots let you pick your ride? Let's compile a list (starting with airports I've frequented) of airports. Can you pick your ride?

Arizona

PHX - Yes (Secured Lot)

California

LAX - Yes (Secured Lot)
PSP - No
ONT- Yes

LGB-No
Colorado

DEN - Yes (Secured Lot)

North Carolina

CLT - Yes (Secured Lot)

Texas

AUS - No (Unsecured Lot, but you are sometimes offered a choice by outside attendant)
DFW - Yes (Secured Lot)
HOU - Yes (Secured Lot)
MAF - No (Unsecured Lot)
SAT - Yes (Secured Lot)

Utah

PVU - No Alamo (Hertz only)
SLC - No (Unsecured Lot) - also, almost exclusively GM cars
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Old Jun 21, 12, 8:48 am
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California

SFO - Yes (secured lot)

Illinois

ORD - Yes (secured lot)

Indiana

SBN - No (unsecured lot)

South Carolina

GSP - No (unsecured lot)
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Old Jun 21, 12, 10:12 pm
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At DCA Alamo, National & Enterprise pool cars and as an EE with National I choose what I want from any of the 3. I'd be surprised if they don't pool cars at other locations where they are next to each other.
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Old Jun 22, 12, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by tassojunior View Post
At DCA Alamo, National & Enterprise pool cars and as an EE with National I choose what I want from any of the 3. I'd be surprised if they don't pool cars at other locations where they are next to each other.
I think they pool cars at ORD as well.

FWIW, I've never been invited to pick a car from the Enterprise section at DCA when renting from Alamo or National, but I have no status with either company.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by abefroman329 View Post
I think they pool cars at ORD as well.

FWIW, I've never been invited to pick a car from the Enterprise section at DCA when renting from Alamo or National, but I have no status with either company.
You have to ask. Alamo/National are the same but they ok it with the Enterprise people to take their car.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 4:13 pm
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PBI - Yes, secured lot.
The counter and bus are shared, not sure about the actual lot.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 4:44 pm
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Not sure if I am doing this right...

Georgia

ATL - Yes (secured lot). Rented from Alamo several months ago, is adjacent to national lot. I had a premium reservation, all they had was an old style cloth Charger and a Crown Vic with wipers not properly parked. I declined, agent understood and said I could go to National, where I found a nice enough Regal.
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Old Jun 25, 12, 7:12 pm
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Thanks for the updates! Keep 'em coming!
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Old Jun 25, 12, 7:13 pm
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Originally Posted by elruso View Post
PBI - Yes, secured lot.
The counter and bus are shared, not sure about the actual lot.
Did you get to pick your own car own when you walked out to the lot or were you handed keys to a car?
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Old Jun 26, 12, 8:18 am
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Maryland

BWI - Yes (secured lot)

Massachusetts

BOS - Yes (secured lot)

New York

JFK - Yes (secured lot)
ROC - No (unsecured lot)
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Old Jun 26, 12, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by rhinok View Post
Did you get to pick your own car own when you walked out to the lot or were you handed keys to a car?
Yes, I picked my own car and the keys were in the car.
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Old Jul 2, 12, 6:28 pm
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MCI (Kansas City, MO) has it.
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