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Avis Car Rental and its subsidiaries operate one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,500 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world.
Founded in 1946 by Warren Avis (who sold his interest in 1954), Avis was the first company to rent cars from airport locations. The company grew rapidly during the 1950’s through franchised and corporate-owned expansion. In 1963, Avis introduced the award-winning “We try harder®” campaign and the tagline remains the company’s rallying cry even today. Ten years later, Avis launched its innovative Wizard system, the company’s proprietary reservation technology. Avis changed ownership multiple times in the 70’s and 80’s, becoming employee-owned in 1987. That same year, Avis introduced the Roving Rapid Return, a handheld computer terminal allowing customers to bypass the Avis counter. Two years later, the company launched Avis Cares® a program aimed at promoting renter and employee safety. In 1996, HFS Incorporated acquired Avis, which was then spun off as a separate public company, all but the franchising rights, Wizard system, and reservation operations. In 2000, the company introduced Avis Interactive, the first Internet-based reporting system for commercial accounts in the car rental industry, which was significantly enhanced and re-launched in 2006. In March 2001, Cendant Corporation purchased all of the outstanding shares of Avis Group Holdings and later that year moved its world headquarters to Parsippany, NJ. In 2006, Cendant Corp. separated into four independent companies: Realogy, Wyndham Worldwide, Travelport and Avis Budget Group, Inc., which is now the parent company of Avis Car Rental. In 2011, Avis Budget Group acquires Avis Europe plc. The transaction re-unites Avis Budget Group with its licensee for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
About this location:
Fort Smith Regional Airport
Additional Travel Information
The Avis Car Rental counter is conveniently located right next to baggage claim at Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM). There you can choose from our selection of fantastic deals on Fort Smith Regional Airport rental cars and be on your way to see how the Old West meets the charming New South. Situated on the Arkansas River, right on the border of Oklahoma, is the city of Fort Smith. See this Western town in style in a quality FSM car rental from Avis.
Take your clients out for dinner in Arkansas wine country, or experience the flavor of the Old West at one of Fort Smith’s top BBQ restaurants, like Ralph’s Pink Flamingo or the Whole Hog Café. Take a guided tour of the Fort Smith National Historic Site, and learn about both the city’s early history and America’s history in the West. If you’re in the mood for a gamble, cross the border into Oklahoma and try your hand at poker, roulette, slots or whatever game piques your interest at one of the nearby casinos.
No matter what you choose to do while you’re in town, Avis is the top choice for airport car rentals. You can even accelerate your travel experience with Avis Preferred, a complimentary membership that allows you to skip the line and go straight to your car. For the best in Fort Smith airport car rentals, choose Avis and arrive in style.
Additional Location Information
- Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the key drop box located outside at north end of building. Remember to take your personal belongings with you. The key drop box is located outside the doors at the North end of the terminal. The terminal doors are locked from 10:00PM to 4:30AM.
- Proceed to the Avis counter in the baggage claim area. Show your driver’s license to receive your preprinted rental document and keys. Rental cars are parked outside the baggage claim area.
- AIRLINE PASSENGERS
Proceed to the Avis counter in the baggage claim area. Rental cars are parked outside the baggage claim area.
Follow airport signs for “Arrivals” or “Baggage Claim”. They will lead to the baggage claim area entrance. Proceed inside to locate the Avis counter. Rental cars are parked outside the baggage claim area.