Budget Car Rental Information

Pick-up instructions: Leave the lower terminal (Arrivals/Baggage Claim) and use the marked crosswalk and covered walkway to get to Level 2 lobby. No shuttle is required. Once in the lobby,go to the Budget counter, where a representative will help you with your car rental. To reach our location, please call (1) 704-359-5701

Drop-off instructions: Please clarify Drop-off instructions with Budget upon Pick-up.

Business hours:

Sun - Sat open 24 hrs

Tips for renting a car from Budget Rent-A-Car at Charlotte Douglas Airport

The advantages of renting from Budget in Charlotte Douglas Airport - 

 

Booking a Budget car rental at Charlotte Douglas Airport offers many advantages over taking a public bus. It allows you to explore the vibrant city of Charlotte, visit popular attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Mint Museum, and take day trips to scenic destinations such as the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Norman. Renting a car at Douglas Charlotte Airport will allow you to carry your luggage with ease, without worrying about space constraints or carrying it on and off buses.

 

Explain the process of picking up a Budget rental car to Charlotte Douglas Airport

 

If you're planning to book a Budget car rental at Charlotte Douglas Airport, Budget has two locations there. Fastbreak program members should go to the Budget Fastbreak building on the third floor of the rental car garage. If you're not a Fastbreak member, you can head to the rental car area on the second level. When you pick up your Budget rental car, you'll need to show a valid ID with a matching photo and name to the primary driver, a driver's license that matches the ID, and a credit card with enough balance to cover the reservation fee.

 

Explain the process of returning a Budget rental car to Charlotte Douglas Airport

 

When you're returning a Budget car rental at Charlotte Douglas Airport, just follow the signs along the airport roads to the hourly deck. Keep going past the entrance to the hourly deck on your left, and take the next left entrance, which leads to the rental car return area. There, you'll see the Budget rental car return signs. After you're done returning the car, head back to the lobby on the second level by using the escalators on the south side of the deck, and exit from there.

 

Inform travelers about the peak hours at Charlotte Douglas Airport

 

The busiest time for security at Charlotte Douglas Airport is usually from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, where wait times can reach up to 29 minutes. Monday and Friday mornings also tend to be busier as business travelers begin and end their workweeks. On average, you should expect around 13.2-minute waits at Charlotte Douglas Airport.

 

For a fast security experience, plan to go through security between 4 AM and 5 AM on Wednesdays, when wait times can be as short as 2 minutes.

 

If you're planning to arrive at Charlotte Douglas Airport during the holiday season, it's a good idea to make advance reservations for your Budget car rental. Holidays like Thanksgiving, New Year, and Easter tend to be busy times, and many people book Budget rentals at the airport during these peak periods.

 

Tips about prices and deals

 

You can save up to 25% on 5+ day rentals

 

Approximately 25% of our users discovered Budget rental cars at Charlotte Douglas Airport priced at $75 or less

 

Budget Rental Conditions

Here's a concise list of the key points to include in the "Rental Conditions" section:

 

Rate Includes:

 

Driver Requirements

At Charlotte Douglas airport, the minimum age to rent a car with Budget is 21. If you're aged 21-24, you can rent but will incur additional fees. The surcharge varies by location, and it's not included in online rates. If you prepay, you'll pay the underage surcharge upon return. You must have a credit card (not a debit card) and a valid driver's license. 

 

Additional drivers must be 25 or older with a valid driver's license and credit card. Renters under 25 can choose from specific car groups.

 

Insurance

 

Theft waiver (TW): (Includes tax); Excess 0 USD

Glass/Tyre waiver: (Includes tax); Excess 0 USD

Collision damage waiver (CDW): (Includes tax); Excess 0 USD

Third party liability protection (TP): (Includes tax); Maximum Coverage 500,000 USD

 

This option includes Collision Damage Waiver with 0 excess, which means you will not be liable in case of damage to the vehicle. A small deposit may be required by the car hire company. Damage to or loss of tyres, windscreens, glass and undercarriage may not be covered by the CDW (Collision Damage Waiver). Please check with the car hire agent at the desk.

 

Deposit and Deductible Polic

A deposit amount of USD 200.0 will be held against your credit card for the duration of the rental. Your deposit is a guarantee held in the event of damage/theft of the vehicle. This will be released if there is no theft or damage during the rental period. Please note that this does not represent your total excess liability which can be found in the Damage Waiver Liability section.

 

A fuel deposit might be blocked on the main driver’s credit card. This is done to cover expenses that may occur if the renter fails to comply with the agreed fuel policy.

 

Payment Policy

 

ACCEPTED credit cards for Budget car rental at Charlotte Douglas Airport: American Express, Budget Charge Card, Budget International, Discover, JCB/Japan Card, MasterCard, Optima, Visa. You must present a physical card at the rental desk. Stored versions of cards in mobile wallets will not be accepted.

 

Credit card(s) must be valid for up to 6 months after the rental has ended.

 

Virtual payment cards are not accepted.

 

A valid credit card in the first name and surname (no abbreviations) of the lead driver must be presented at the rental desk in order to pre-authorise/charge a deposit. 

 

Please be prepared to provide the PIN number of the credit card.

 

Failure to present a valid credit card, insufficient funds, or the credit card not being in the lead driver's name may result in the car rental agent refusing to release the vehicle, with no refund.

 

Debit cards are commonly accepted at many U.S. Budget locations for renting a car. However, it's important to note that at some locations, debit and prepaid charge cards may not be accepted at the time of rental pickup, but they can be used for payment when returning the car. To confirm the specific policy for Charlotte Airport, it's advisable to check with the rental location directly.

 

Typically, renters aged 25 and older (or 18 and older in New York) can use a debit card for the rental, but an authorized hold will be placed on the account for the duration of the reservation.

 

Geographical Restrictions

You can usually take a Budget rental car to another state, but remember to check the specific rules at Charlotte Douglas Airport. Some Budget branches have their own rules for out-of-state travel. It's a good idea to book one-way rentals between states ahead of time to avoid extra charges.

 

Optional Extras and Services

Budget car rentals at Charlotte Douglas Airport offer amenities like child seats and GPS systems for an extra daily fee.

 

GPS: 14.98 USD per day. (Includes tax)

Infant child seat: 13.99 USD per day. (Includes tax)

Child toddler seat: 13.99 USD per day. (Includes tax)

Booster seat: 13.99 USD per day. (Includes tax)

 

Special equipment/optional extras may be requested at the time of booking, but they are not included in the rental price. They are paid in the local currency at the rental desk.

 

Fuel Policy

 

Budget offers several refueling options at Charlotte Douglas Airport, allowing you to choose the one that suits your needs:

 

Fuel Plans: Prepay for a full tank of fuel and return the car empty. Rates are similar to local retail pump prices, and no credit is given for unused fuel.

 

EZFuel™: If you don't select the Fuel Service Option and return the car less than full, you'll pay a fuel service charge, which varies based on your mileage and whether you purchased fuel during the rental. For shorter trips, there's an automatic EZFuel service charge.

 

Self Refueling: If you plan to stop for gas during your trip, decline the Fuel Service Option. Return the car full, provide a gas receipt, and avoid refueling service charges.

 

Refueling Service: For the utmost convenience, return the car with less fuel than when you picked it up and pay a service charge for the used fuel.


FAQ's

Budget Rental Services at Charlotte Douglas Airport FAQs

    The nearest Budget Rent-A-Car rental site to Charlotte Douglas Airport is located at 5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208. Phone: (1) 704-359-5701

    For AIRLINE PASSENGERS: you can find the Budget rental car counter located within walking distance across the street from the airport. The counter is situated on the 2nd floor at street level, and if you're a member of the Fastbreak program, the Fastbreak Booth is on the 3rd floor, which is the second level. No shuttle is required.

    For LOCAL RENTERS: Follow Rental Car Returns signs for Budget.You can use the visitor parking area temporarily. Head to the Budget elevator, which will take you down one level to reach the rental counter.

    Yes, Budget car rentals generally accept both credit and debit cards. Debit cards are commonly accepted at many U.S. Budget locations for renting a car. However, it's important to note that at some locations, debit and prepaid charge cards may not be accepted at the time of rental pickup, but they can be used for payment when returning the car. To confirm the specific policy for Charlotte Airport, it's advisable to check with the rental location directly.

    Typically, renters aged 25 and older (or 18 and older in New York) can use a debit card for the rental, but an authorized hold will be placed on the account for the duration of the reservation.
     

    Yes, a deposit amount of USD 200.0 will be held against your credit card for the duration of the rental. Your deposit is a guarantee held in the event of damage/theft of the vehicle. This will be released if there is no theft or damage during the rental period. Please note that this does not represent your total excess liability which can be found in the Damage Waiver Liability section.

    When you return your car, you may pay for your final rental costs with cash, credit or debit card. However, to release a car to you at rental pick-up time, you must provide a deposit using a credit card or, at some locations, a debit card.

    Yes, Budget car rentals at Charlotte Douglas Airport do allow for additional drivers. 

    Budget also requires that each customer and additional driver meet the Budget minimum age requirement, present a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record, and present a Budget-honored charge card or cash rental qualification at the time of rental.

    Yes, an additional charge of $13 per day for each additional authorized driver will be added to the cost of the rental, unless other contractual conditions apply.

    The Budget rental car center provides the convenience of covered parking, ensuring that rental vehicles are protected from various weather conditions. Additionally, Budget offers cars equipped with hand controls for travelers with reduced mobility, making it more accessible for a wider range of customers. The rental agency's dedicated staff is always on hand to assist customers, addressing any questions or concerns they may have during the rental process. These amenities aim to enhance the overall car rental experience.

    When renting from Budget at Charlotte Douglas Airport, all you need is a valid driver's license or ID as well as a valid credit or debit card to pay the required deposit.

    On average, a rental car from Budget Rent-A-Car at Charlotte Douglas Airport costs $61 per day. However, it's important to note that the daily rental rates can vary significantly depending on the time of year.

    Midsize (Toyota Corolla) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Budget at Charlotte Douglas Airport.

    Yes, Budget Rent-A-Car typically provides shuttle or airport pick-up services at Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT).

Budget Return and Extension Policies

    Follow the airport road signs leading to the Hourly Deck. Keep going beyond the entrance to the Hourly Deck on your left, and take the next left entrance that guides you to the Rental Car Returns area, following the signs specifically for Budget.

    Once you've finished the car return process, make your way to the south side of the Deck and use the elevators or escalators to reach the Level 2 lobby, which is a short walk back to the terminal. No shuttle is necessary.

    Yes

    You have a 29-minute grace period for returning your Budget car rental to Charlotte Douglas Airport. If you return it 30 minutes late, you may incur hourly car rate charges and taxes. After 90 minutes late, full-day late charges and taxes may apply.

    Yes, it's perfectly fine if you change your rental period. Simply get in touch with a Budget reservation agent at 800-527-7000 before your scheduled return date. There will be a $10 service fee for extending your rental, and we'll place up to three additional holds on your card (the number of holds depends on the duration of the extension) to cover expected rental charges. When you return the car, these holds will be released, and you'll be charged the actual rental costs.

    Please note that if you choose to extend your rental, your original rental rate may no longer be available.

    Yes, you can rent a Budget vehicle at Charlotte Douglas Airport and return it to another location. However, keep in mind that there may be additional charges.

    Yes, Budget does allow one-way rentals, which means you can pick up your rental car in one city and drop it off in another. When making your reservation, simply specify your desired drop-off location to check availability and any associated fees for one-way rentals. If you've already made a reservation and need to change the drop-off location, you can contact Budget at 800-527-7000.

    If you return your car to a different Budget location without contacting us in advance, you may be charged a minimum Unauthorized Return Location fee of $45. The fee may be higher depending on the distance between the rental location and the specified return location in your reservation.