LaGuardia may have a better view, but flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport is still a special moment. Maybe it’s the airport’s long and illustrious history, or maybe it’s just the name, but either way, it’s hard not to be impressed.J.F.K. is the 22nd busiest airport in the world, the 6th busiest in the U.S., and the main international gateway into North America.
At J.F.K. Airport, you’ll find car rental counters on the arrival level of each terminal. To pick up your car, you’ll first need to take the free AirTrain to the Federal Circle station and then board the rental car shuttle. Most rental car stations are within a few miles of the airport, but between the shuttle and the infamous New York traffic, it’s likely to take at least half an hour to get yourself off the bus and out in the car of your choice.
To determine which rental car companies offer the best options in our three categories (most affordable, best luxury cars, best minivans), we took a closer look at all the establishments at JFK Airport. Our findings are below.
Most Economical: Dollars and Dendrobiums
On our sample date, Thrifty and Dollar offered the best prices on economy, compact and full-size cars, with Avis coming in a close second. In an expensive city like New York, many people opt for Thrifty’s ‘wild car’ option, although, as the name implies, the car you end up with will be determined by availability at pickup. Other cheaper car rentals include the Dollar’s Chevy Spark and their Hyundai Accent, both of which were being rented out for a reasonable $75/day during our search.Dollar gets a slightly better rating than Thrifty, with a 7.3 out of 10 in customer feedback.
Best for luxury cars.DOLLAR & AVIS
As would be expected from two companies operating under the same organization, Thrifty and Dollar have similar rental cars at very similar prices. On the lower end of the premium spectrum, they have the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4, while on the higher end they both have the Buick Lacross and the popular Chrysler 300. as mentioned earlier, Dollar gets better customer feedback. For an alternative, more luxurious fleet, we’d go with Avis, which rents out Lincoln MKS, Jaguar F and the beautiful Mercedes 350.
The best vehicles for minivans: alamo and enteprise.
Overall, groups renting minivans are looking for vehicles that are spacious, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and reasonably priced. At most U.S. airports, Dollar’s Nissan Quest is the cheapest rental minivan, but for a larger vehicle, the Dodge Grand Caravan offers more hip, leg and shoulder room than the Quest. Plus, it has better ergonomics and more luggage space. It may be a small detail, but on long trips, the extra space can really count. On the dates we chose, the Alamo and Enterprise were consistently slightly cheaper and scored well in customer reviews.