Tampa International Airport Considers Car Rental Charge

Hi all,

The company that runs Tampa International Airport will meet next month to consider charging $2.50 for every car rental collected.

Since Alamo/National joined Budget, Dollar Thrifty and Hertz on airport at Tampa, the car rental facility has been pushed close to busting, Tampa is one of the few airports in the United States with a covered car rental ready line so close to the baggage areas but at a capacity of only 1300 cars development is required.

Faced with a car rental facility operating close to full capacity, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority on Thursday agreed to weigh the new fee to stockpile $8.9 million annually for expansion and pay down debt for current rental facilities.

Board members noted that less than 5% of car rental deals are booked by local residents and that Tampa is among the few big airports not charging a fee.

usrentacar.co.uk notes that the 4 on airport companies that pay around $30 million a year in rent have informally agreed to the fee, which will also fund a $20 million, two-year overhaul of the main terminal building.

At present this is just speculation and nothing has been confirmed or agreed, however it will be something for car rental brokers to consider when negotiating rates for next year.



 Car hire Tampa

Latest Florida Car Hire Reviews

Hi all,

I thought I’d share some of the Florida Car Hire reviews that have been left this month by our customers.

After renting with usrentacar.co.uk we always contact our customers to ask for their comments regarding their hire and to mark the supplier on services such as speed of collect, vehicle quality and value for money to name a few.

In the interest of fairness I’ll try and offer 2 positive reviews and 1 negative for each supplier.


Mr D Horton, Orlando International Airport, 14/03/11 said:

Great service from Alamo, I love the fact you can pick your car from the line rather than having a vehicle assigned to you. Big thumbs up.

Mrs J Ellis, Sanford International Airport, 22/03/11 said:

Our flight was delayed by almost 6 hours but the Alamo staff were very friendly and had our vehicle all prepared and waiting for us upon arrival. They even gave us a free upgrade to a lovely 4×4.

Mr D Herring, Tampa International Airport, 11/04/11:

We spent the best part of an hour queing up at the Alamo desk to rent the car this which is unacceptable.


Mr J Godwin, Tampa International Airport, 25/03/11:

Excellent service from Budget as well as USCarRental. Received upgrade as requested from Tampa location..in the past have used same service at other airports ie Orlando and Miami where upgrades were not ”available”!

Mr B Terry, Orlando International Airport, 07/03/11:


Mrs J Alexander, Melbourne Airport, 29/03/11:

I have used this supplier at the same location 4 times now and each time they do not seem to know what I have signed up for. This is the second time that I have been charged for$64 for a second driver and had to go back to get it re-imbursed onto my credit card. It seems that the US locations can”t quite believe the deal we get in England.So…my advice is..book this deal but make sure that you check what you are being charged for BEFORE you leave at the end of your hire.


Mr K McCarthy, Orlando International Airport, 24/03/11:

Excellent top of the range car, new blind spot sensors are a fantastic addition and only 250 miles on clock

Mr A Moore, Orlando International Airport, 18/03/11:

We booked a Ford Mustang at a very reasoable. We collected from Dollar staff who were very helpful, and returned to a Dollar desk at our hotel with no problems at all. later in the holiday we rented a yellow and black Corvette from a different supplier, and were not at all impressed with the service. No guessing who we booked with when we wanted to arrange a hire car for the last few days and to take us to the airport. Will happily use next time we visit America. Thanks!

Mr N Roberts, International Drive Palms Resort, 28/03/11:


Does your experience of Florida Car Hire match up with any of the reviews above?



 Florida car hire

Tampa Car Hire Reviews Who Is Best At TPA?

Hi all,

At present we have discovered that Dollar Rent A Car are top dog in Orlando,Miami and share top spot at Sanford, can they continue their great run when we look at the rankings for Tampa Car Hire?

The review rankings are put together by our customers, once a rental has been completed usrentacar.co.uk emails the renter and asks them a series of questions relating to their hire and supplier. These questions range from car quality to speed of collection.

  1. Alamo Rent A Car – 86%
  2. Budget Rent A Car – 85%
  3. Dollar Rent A Car – 85%

So Alamo have taken their first location, congratulations to them…

Does this result tally with your own experience of our suppliers?

What can car rental companies do to improve for 2011?



 Car hire Tampa

Alamo Rent A Car Move On Site At Tampa International Airport

Hi all,

As some of you may probably know already Alamo Rent A Car has finally completed its scheduled move to become on airport at Tampa International, thus eliminating the need for the pesky shuttle bus.

Alamo’s new airport location can be located via the main terminal and includes an extended collection desk and secure airport parking.

“Alamo Rent A Car’s new airport facility provides quick and convenient rental car services to our customers in Tampa,” said John Eckermann, Tampa vice president and general manager for Enterprise Holdings. “One of our goals is to make travel simpler for U.S. and international travelers, and customer feedback tells us the on-site airport facilities are extremely easy to locate and navigate.”

Have you collected from Tampa International Airport recently with Alamo Car Hire, what was the new location like?

Will this move make you more likely to choose Alamo for your car rental?



 Florida car hire

10 Tips For Florida Car Hire

Hi all,

Here are my top tips for a stress free Florida Car Hire experience.florida car hire

1. Make sure your vehicle is fully insured, with usrentacar you are guaranteed this is the case.

2. Remember to print off your usrentacar Florida car hire Voucher.

3. Remember to take your Fully Driving licence.

4. Remember to take your credit card with your (must be in the lead drivers name) for the security deposit.

5. Pre-register some of our suppliers offer you the ability to pre-register your details, this will speed up your collection time and get you on the road quicker.

6. When you arrive, get one of the party to go directly to the car rental desk while the rest of you get the luggage.

7. Read your rental agreement fully and only sign it once you are totally happy.

8. Hire a Sat Nav, most car related arguments are due to map reading or lack of it.

9. For some its a totally new experience driving in Florida, take a moment to read our car hire driving tips.

10. You don’t have to collect or drop off at the airport, our suppliers offer 100′s of locations all across Florida where you can pick up or drop off. See our one way rental page for more details.

Have I missed anything, can you add to my tips?



 Florida car hire

Bad Behavior has blocked 257 access attempts in the last 7 days.