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Company Overview

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.  

Quick History

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.

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Montrose Regional Airport

Additional Travel Information

You’ll find the Avis Car Rental counter at Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) inside the airport’s main building, and the fleet of airport car rentals right outside next to the building. From the MTJ car rental lot, it’s a 1.5-hour drive south to Telluride and a mere 8-minute drive to Montrose, Colorado, the gateway to Gunnison National Park’s famous Black Canyon. To get going faster, accelerate your travel experience with Avis Preferred, a complimentary membership that allows you to skip the line and go straight to your car.

You’ll find a great selection of deals on quality rental cars, from fuel-efficient compacts to spacious and comfortable luxury cars and four-wheel-drive SUVs for safe wintertime driving in the San Juan Mountains. If you’re traveling to Telluride in the winter and are planning on bringing your own skis, upgrade to an SUV with roof racks and GPS navigation, to find all the best hills easily.

Telluride keeps the good times going in the summer with festivals nearly every weekend, including a popular Bluegrass Festival in mid-June. Once a gold mining boomtown, Telluride has beautifully preserved its architectural past, especially along Colorado Avenue, where you’ll find some of the town’s best restaurants and shopping.

Avis makes it easy to book, pick up and drop off Telluride airport car rentals. Have a look through the available options fleet to find the vehicle that suits you best.

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AFTER-HOURS RETURNS

  • Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the key drop box. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

PREFERRED SERVICE

  • Proceed to the Avis rental counter. Show your drivers license and identify yourself as a Preferred Renter to the Avis rental agent in order to receive your preprinted rental document and keys.

*GENERAL DIRECTIONS*

  • AIRLINE PASSENGERS
    Proceed to the Avis counter in the baggage claim area. Rental cars are parked outside the baggage claim area.
    WALK-UP RENTERS
    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.
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