Calgary Airport is found in the Alberta region of Canada, just 17km, or 11 miles from downtown Calgary. The airport is the fourth largest in the country, with almost 13 million passengers per annum, and is known by its official code of YYC. It is operated by the Calgary Airport Authority, but owned by Transport Canada, and has a large terminal for passenger facilities. The facilities of the airport include car hire companies, such as Thrifty Calgary Airport. The car rental services of Thrifty are well known for being competitively priced, and unique in many ways. Their vehicles are also of top quality.
The rental counters of Thrifty at Calgary Airport are within walking distance of the airport terminal, and their vehicles are parked on Level 2 of the parkade nearby. Passengers will therefore require no further form of transport in order to collect their hire car, however, White Hat volunteers drive Club Cars in certain areas of the terminal to facilitate passenger movement. The volunteers are recognised by their white and red uniforms, and are available to provide assistance to passengers. Vehicles from any of the Calgary Airport car hire companies, which also include Dollar, Hertz, Europcar, National, Avis, Budget and Auto Europa, are recommended to be hired in advance, as this airport location can be busy at times. There is no guarantee upon your arrival that the car you need for your holiday or business trip will be available. Online reservations are often cheaper as well.
Thrifty is a company with some unique services available to their clients. Corporate accounts are available for business customers, and with a corporate account customers can hire a vehicle for longer periods of time with Thrifty’s Multi-Month Rental Program. Cars can be arranged for up to eleven months, and during this period there is no need to return the vehicle. Rental payments will paid on a monthly basis via the customer’s credit card or Thrifty billing account. Longer reservations can easily be made by a special 800#. Anyone who is fond of hiring their vehicle from Thrifty may benefit from becoming a Blue Chip member. In general, members enjoy shorter lines at the rental counter, faster reservations, rentals and returns, and even free rental days. The Blue Chip Program is free to join, and available to all Thrifty customers. The free days are earned with Thrifty’s Blue Chip Rewards program.
At certain Thrifty locations customers may be able to hire a midsize or larger vehicle at less than midsize rental rates. This is referred to as the Wild Car Program, and although customers will not know which type of vehicle they will be driving, it is guaranteed to be large enough for at least five passengers and two or more luggage items, and to be excellent value for money.
From the rental location of Calgary Airport, hand controls may be available for drivers with a lower limb disability. Thrifty hand controls are free of charge, and may include a steering wheel knob. Other items of equipment, however, will cost extra CAD per day of hire, and may include satellite navigation systems and child seats. Child seats are required by law for babies or small children travelling in Canada. Ski-equipped vehicles are also available from many of the Calgary Airport car rental companies.
Thrifty’s vehicles for hire are available from a number of car categories, and come in all sizes. Larger cars will generally be more expensive than smaller cars, however, they are better for larger groups of passengers, and for travellers who are carrying large/many luggage items. Large SUVs include the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, and a Midsize Van available is the Dodge Caravan. Large sedans include the Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry and Chrysler 300. Economy, Compact and Midsize cars are smaller, and are less expensive to hire. They may be similar to the Toyota Yaris, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Corolla. Cars hired in Canada by Thrifty mostly have automatic transmissions, and are fairly straight-forward to drive.
Although many customers return their vehicle to Calgary Airport, one way hire services may also be arranged, which allows the rented car to be delivered to an alternative rental location. Cars may be driven to any city or town in Canada, and may even be organised as a cross-border rental, and driven into the United States. Thrifty one way hires may require an advanced reservation, and extra charges may be applicable.
Driving is quite easy in the city of Calgary, as the roads are well organised and constructed. There are also many parking areas available throughout the city. Remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road in Canada, and to not exceed any of the speed limits. Find out further information regarding car hire from Thrifty, Calgary Airport.
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Calgary, AB, Canada T2E 6M5
Telephone Number: 403 221 1961