When we traveled to Phoenix a few weeks ago for a wedding, we were stunned by the high price of car rental at the airport. We tried to figure out a cheaper way. Here's what we did, and it worked like a charm: When we arrived, we took the free shuttle to the light rail terminal, and headed east on the light rail to the end of the line in Mesa. Then, we called the Budget rental which is 2.4 miles from the light rail terminal (location P05 in Budget'slocation register). Bob, the owner of that Budget location, quickly arrived, and with RapidRez, we were in our rental car in a jiffy! While they did not have the upgrade we qualified for, as we were traveling at a very busy time, we had a nice little Nissan Sentra to buzz around in for a week at under $200, including tax! Another plus is that we were able to drop the car back at the airport. We figure that it saved us between $60-90, depending on the rental/cab fare/fax savings we received. Best of all, their location is on Country Club Drive, less than a mile from the Blue Adobe Grill, where we had lunch before heading to our hotel. We discovered the Blue Adobe Grill on Trip Advisor, and it did not disappoint in the least - wish we could eat there every day!
There is a closer Budget car rental, but when I called them they didn't even seem to know where the light rail was, or how they would pick us up, whereas Bob at Budget P05 knew just what we wanted. We would /will do this again when flying into Phoenix!