Alamo : Begun as Alamo Rent a Car in 1974, this car rental company is headquartered in Clayton, Missouri. It was named “Alamo” so that it would be listed first alphabetically, and it originated in Orlando, Florida. One of the original trademarks of the company was unlimited mileage, a unique concept at the time. Since then, it has built itself as a company for travelers who are budget-minded. In fact, the company’s free rewards program offers a 10 percent discount on rentals to all its members.
Alamo provides rentals across North America, Central America, and South America. The company operates in major U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Baltimore, Boston, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Denver. Other major North American locations include cities such as Montreal, Canada, Toronto, Canada, Cozumel, Mexico, and Mexico City, Mexico, as well as South American destinations like Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
It also has locations in other parts of the world, including numerous European countries and parts of Africa and the Middle East. Some of the major destinations include Prague, the Czech Republic, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, Fez, Morocco, and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Alamo primarily uses cars from only one American company, General Motors. However, the rental locations also stock Nissans, Toyotas, and Volvos, all of which are in line with their budget-friendly focus.
Alamo has made a number of contributions to the rental industry. In 2005, Alamo pioneered an online check-in system. In the last decade, they have introduced self-service kiosks. Once you make a reservation online, you choose your car based on the class you reserved. This service allows you to get on the road quicker. Alamo is also the official rental company for Walt Disney World.
Alamo was acquired by Enterprise Holdings in 2007. Enterprise Holdings owns the brands National and Enterprise.