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Thrifty in San Diego

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Sun 19 Aug 2018
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Thrifty locations in San Diego

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  • San Diego Airport
    Day Time
    Monday 5am - 12am
    Tuesday 5am - 12am
    Wednesday 5am - 12am
    Thursday 5am - 12am
    Friday 5am - 12am
    Saturday 5am - 12am
    Sunday 5am - 12am

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Reviews of Thrifty in San Diego

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Anonymous San Diego Airport 07 August 2018
The car was great, everything was good inside it. The place were you return the car in Las Vegas wasn’t clear
Anonymous San Diego Airport 22 July 2018
Good car service also OK Car was not so clean could have done better job especially interior cleaning
Anonymous San Diego Airport 23 March 2018
Great service. Car rental location (all companies) is quite away from the airport.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 15 December 2017
Had a problem with the car the brake warning light came on. The car was replaced at our hotel with the same model within 3 hours. Excellent service. However, we were temporarily locked out of the replacement car and discovered it did not have the correct emergency key. This could have been a major problem if key had had a battery failure.
Adrian San Diego Airport 05 November 2017
Counter staff were very helpful. Choice of cars was very poor, when we arrived there was only 3 cars available. We booked a Ford Focus and ended up with a Hyundai Accent which was not very pleasing but was the best of what was available.
Andrew San Diego Airport 05 November 2017
Quick and easy.
Robert San Diego Airport 19 October 2017
Easy, if lengthy, pick up due to long queue, and drop off was straightforward. Staff helpful and friendly which was great, but most people just want to get going and not engage in or listen to others ahead in the queue making small talk. Sorry. SatNav should be standard and not an expensive extra in this day and age. Or at least offer a reduced rate for longer hire periods. In the US, particularly in big cities, it is essential and should come with the car.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 10 October 2017
All insurance included Nothing
Kamani San Diego Airport 04 October 2017
Friendly Staff
christopher San Diego Airport 27 September 2017
Thrifty did not try to upsell unnecessary extra insurance.Nice to have a selection of cars to pick from. Pick up was only slow because of undecisive customers in front of us and the fact thrifty were trying to get them good deals as they had not pre booked. Nothing
Anonymous San Diego Airport 17 September 2017
Customer service in San Diego was good The satnav didnt work which meant ive pixked up a substantial bill on my phone. The bus transport at thrifty LA was poor. Service was slow and the driver rude. Bus was also filthy.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 13 September 2017
Easy, clean Fuel efficiency not very good
Anonymous San Diego Airport 04 September 2017
Easy to locate and access The car had relatively high mileage and was not in the best condition. Care had not been given to the body work or the cleanliness of the interior. Everything about the whole experience was average.
Duane San Diego Airport 03 September 2017
Gail @ SD airport was terrific... professional & efficient ... Grazie!
Anonymous San Diego Airport 03 September 2017
Quick and easy Didn't get the car make we wanted - the choice was quite limited.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 03 September 2017
Got the same type i booked without any discussions. Took us over 1 hour at the counter after a 12hrs flight
Keith San Diego Airport 02 September 2017
The car hire was all good
Trevor San Diego Airport 01 September 2017
The SUV I eventually received was fine (Rav 4) and we were happy with the vehicle I also liked the fact that who ever I dropped the car off to comped the cost of the Sat Nav, lovely guy and he's a credit to your organisation When I went to the car park to choose my car there was only two vehicles to choose from.One was a very old Jeep in poor condition and the other was a very small SUV that had a broken seat- not much of a choice and it was only after complaining that I received another vehicle that had recently been dropped off. The SatNav was awful, really bad!
Anonymous San Diego Airport 21 August 2017
Navigation system with wifi Telephone calls did not work through Tab GPS system
joel San Diego Airport 27 July 2017
easy pick up and check out of car. no clear signage for getting back to the Interstate. Counter staff might be more helpful in this regard, although I accept that having a sat nav device they may consider this unnecessary. Travel Tab device was good but often gave confusing - and contradictory -instructions.
Elie San Diego Airport 22 June 2017
Every thing was ok
DOROTHY San Diego Airport 22 May 2017
Liked being able to choose which car to hire. The queue for picking up the car was quite long and didn't seem to move very quickly. On returning the car we explained that we had used a couple of toll roads and no one could explain what we needed to do in this regard. We were given a phone number to call which didn't work!!
Manuel San Diego Airport 18 May 2017
John San Diego Airport 13 May 2017
Helped with toll fees after we dropped the car off. Would have been good to have been warned about how to pay them. Some damage on the car but no one seemed interested.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 03 May 2017
Brilliant job!! Will definitely rent again from you.
Lionel San Diego Airport 11 March 2017
The car rental centre is separate from the airport so only rental traffic to cope with also a dedicated area for satnav GPS sync on the way out of the complex. Car rental centre away from the airport terminal meaning that luggage has to be loaded and unloaded from the shuttle bus.
George San Diego Airport 16 October 2016
That was the smoothest rental, very streamlined with no hassle and returning the car was even simpler. Could have given better direction to where to go to check out the car since there are multiple rental companies with their own check out booths.
Jin San Diego Airport 14 October 2016
Friendly staff. Professional. Did not try to upsell. Offered suggestions for dining in the area.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 11 October 2016
could not get the car i booked.
Andrew San Diego Airport 02 August 2016
Lady on the counter at San Diego was very helpful.
Gary San Diego Airport 22 July 2016
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Mark San Diego Airport 05 July 2016
We chose a Ford Focus and ended up with a hyundai compact, with no offer of a ford focus from the selection!
Anonymous San Diego Airport 15 May 2016
GPS did not work so well. They gave me an old version. But customer service did a fantastic job to handle our concern.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 12 December 2015
Laurie San Diego Airport 11 December 2015
Excellent price. Convenient. Good car. nothing
Anonymous San Diego Airport 01 December 2015
Picking up & returning car was very easy. Helpful staff
Anonymous San Diego Airport 14 November 2015
Car performed well, although disappointed that we did not get a Dodge Caravan Counter staff were not professional and unfriendly.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 03 November 2015
It was NEAT inside the car There was NO reverse camera and had mild scratch
Anonymous San Diego Airport 31 July 2015
Shuttle was slow in coming
Faisal San Diego Airport 21 May 2015
The helpness from the employee and the prices
Anonymous San Diego Airport 02 March 2015
Convenient service The compact car
Anonymous San Diego Airport 20 January 2015
The GPS did not function after 5 minutes because the battery didn't charge due to bad connector
Anonymous San Diego Airport 13 October 2014
The ac stoped workin . I replaced the car after 2 day . Had to wait for a long time for a new ca .
Anonymous San Diego Airport 20 September 2014
The car we got at the end was perfect for us There were no cars aviable
James San Diego Airport 01 September 2014
Car was great. Queue to collect car at airport.
Noel San Diego Airport 27 May 2014
Staff was very friendly, suggestion attractions to visit, and explain everything (including any different rules). even gave me a card for emergency road side assistance. The car engine oil was running low, front left wheel was flat after 2 days.
Paul San Diego Airport 08 April 2014
Choice of cars at pickup. Very courteous staff.
Anonymous San Diego Airport 26 March 2014
Good Swift service
Anonymous San Diego Airport 28 February 2014
Good service, good car, fast transfer to airport from drop off zone, good value Long queue to collect car, 45 minutes.
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