I need to rent a car for a week in mid-February, so I visited the websites of all of the major car rental companies. After looking in detail at all of them, I must say that Alamo comes out the best. They responded quickly to my online request for a Quicksilver Number — their “bypass the counter” program — while other companies wanted me to print out a form, fill it in, sign it, and fax it to them (or fill it out online for $50 at Hertz). Their new reservations system is dead simple to use: it took me about a minute to make a reservation. And, at least in theory, once I get to their facility at the airport, I just stick my QuickSilver card in, print out the agreement, and I’m on my way. Wish me luck.