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From renting cars by the hour to picking up rides with strangers there’s always something new in the wild world of rental cars. Hertz is often one of the leaders when it comes to thinking up new ideas—or borrowing good ones from other companies—and now it looks like they have a new plan to get you into a car when you need a ride.
It looks like things are being worked out in some corporate boardroom, but the plan is to put Hertz rental cars right in the parking lot at your local Walgreens pharmacy and drug store. They actually just finished up a test in where they offered up cars at around 30 locations in the greater Chicago area as well as the area in and around San Antonio.
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So you probably know that Colorado has legalized marijuana—in all kinds of forms—for recreational use. However, you probably didn’t know that there’s a new place to acquire the state’s latest cash crop. It’s your rental car!
Okay—not really, but it does sound like unwanted marijuana has found a second home within the rental car garage. Most of the stuff is left behind at Denver International Airport right in the rental car, and sometimes it’s even offered up to the agents by those departing the state.
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There’s nothing worse than a dirty, smelly, or otherwise not up to par rental car. We always get a little thrill getting in our rental for the first time, and that’s especially the case if we’re doing a good chunk of driving. Thankfully Hertz understands our passion for an awesome set of wheels, and they’re introducing a new set of promises and certifications.
In a way this just sounds like they’re putting a new spin and marketing angle on something they should—and might be—already offering; however, we’ll try to give them the benefit of the doubt here. Basically the new Hertz Certified Clean & Safe program is a 35-point checklist to ensure the car you’re picking up is truly good-to-go.
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Back when Zipcar first starting doing its thing there was a little less competition then there is now, and that’s why the rental car company is expanding its offerings to provide customers what they need. This fall is when Zipcar ONE>WAY will start doing its thing, as it is designed to offer up one-way rental options thanks to fleet of 2015 Honda Fit automobiles.
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We’ve talked about FlightCar before, and in case you don’t remember—we will fill you in. Basically it’s a car sharing program over at the long-term rental car parking lot. When you drop your car off it’s paired up with someone looking for a car. The renter gets a better deal by borrowing your car, and you get a better deal because you make some money instead of paying for parking. It’s all licensed, insured, and what not, as they realize that there needs to be some guarantees and promises to get everyone comfortable with things.
Right now FlightCar is an option at airports in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but what we wanted to share is how they’re changing things up for business travelers. The company isn’t just interested in the leisure market, as they’re now trying to get road warriors interested in their services.
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There’s been plenty of deals to drive rental cars out of certain states and into other states as well; however, we’re not sure that has been the case at the same time. Hertz is either confused, or they just are really excited about the state of Arizona. The rental car company is now offering up one-way deals for those looking to depart from or arrive to the Grand Canyon State.
Heading into the state is the better option, so we’ll start with that. Drive into Arizona deals can be had starting at $5 per day on economy cars, and if you’re looking for something a little better—they also promise a good deal on other car classes. You need to book your reservation sooner than later, and pickup the car prior to March 10. Just utilize RQ “ICFLT1” to score the deal, and be sure to grab your car at a participating location. This includes options rented in and around Southern California, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and the state of New Mexico.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
There’s been all sorts of innovative ideas in the world of travel during 2013, but if we had to pick just one we’d select the rental car revolution—that’s at least what we’re calling it.
In the past, car rentals were quite straightforward. You’d make a reservation with one of the big boys like Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, or Avis, and four wheels would be waiting for you upon arrival at the airport. Do your thing by dealing with the insurance and damage waivers, and then you’d be on your way—just don’t forget to bring back the car filled with fuel!
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At this point you probably have heard us mention Silvercar, and their plans to change the way we do the rental car thing. The company offers up one type of car, so you can pick whatever you want to rent as long as it’s a brand new silver Audi A4. The cars come with plenty of free stuff including WiFi, GPS, Satellite Radio, and they even have a fairer way in which to refuel your car.
There’s no need to check-in at the rental car desk either, as you’re able to do everything right from the comfort of your mobile device. They’ve been expanding across the country slowly but surely, and they are an option in spots like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston-Hobby, and Austin. Now they’re more eager than ever to have you check them out, and there’s a pretty good introductory offer.
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Those looking to head out of town have a new option when it comes to the long-term parking lot, as FlightCar has recently started up shop over at Los Angeles International Airport. In case you don’t remember the deal with FlightCar—basically you rent out your car to others instead of just leaving the car in the parking lot. Someone gets the wheels they need, you don’t have to pay for parking, and you even make a little money on the deal.
The peer-to-peer car sharing system hasn’t really gone gangbusters as of yet, but the head honcho at FlightCar—he’s 19 years old—reports that the company has roughly 3,700 listings for the not really rental cars. We guess we would be a little concerned letting someone else take our wheels out for a spin, but at the same time the insurance, the liability, and other guarantees do provide some kind of warm and fuzzy feeling. Overall we think the idea is kind of awesome, and yet again we're jealous that we didn't think of this first.
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It’s been a bit of time since we first found out about Silvercar and its plan to take the rental car industry by storm with one car option—the silver Audi A4s. We guess things have been going pretty, as the company has expanded since starting things out of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Following its arrival on the scene, Silvercar has starting doing its thing in Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Love Field, and towards the end of the summer it finally made its way out west—to San Francisco.
Up next is another California destination, as the plan is to start offering up vehicles in Los Angeles at LAX on November 4. Reservations are already available, so if you’re hitting the area for business or pleasure you might want to give them a try.
Again the way it works with Silvercar is that you’ll download the app beforehand, as that’s what you need to pretty much to do the rental car thing. From your mobile device you can book your car, change your reservation, and pick up your very own silver Audi A4. That’s right—you open the doors to the car and climb inside after unlocking it with your phone. Even better is that lots of stuff is included with your rental car like turn-by-turn directions, WiFi right from the vehicle, and satellite radio.
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That's right. Before his travel writing days, this Jaunted contributor was kinda/sorta/not really in the travel industry as a management trainee with Enterprise Rent-a-Car at a California airport. He learned that he hated wearing a shirt and tie to work, but also picked up tips on how to save a buck on a rental:
Enterprise employees may walk and talk like they're your friend, but they're really just trying to butter you up so you'll dig deeper into your pockets. One of the best kept secrets in the rental industry revolves around taking advantage of this aggressive approach.
When I was at Enterprise, one of my regular sales goals was centered around getting the customer to spend more money than their reservation intended. This was accomplished by selling insurance, pre-paid fuel, or through upgrades at the counter. Even if it was just a little more money, like a dollar or two, it was to my benefit to upgrade customers in order to increase my numbers so long as we had the cars available.
Because of this, one of the best things a customer looking for a deal can do for themselves is book an economy car and upgrade at the counter. This is a tried and true approach, one you should definitely utilize if you have a reasonable amount of flexibility. Because this trick is dependent upon availability, you shouldn't do this if you have to have a certain type of vehicle -- it all depends on what they have on the lot.
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Here at home we’ve always just assumed that there’s one and only Sunshine State—Florida. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that the nickname has also been used for New Mexico, California, and South Dakota, but we just guess those locations aren’t as good as marketing the fun and the sun.
Well upon our arrival down under we quickly learned there’s another Sunshine State, and now it's definitely our favorite—Queensland. We’re hardly experts on the region, as we pretty much limited our exploration to Far North Queensland and spots in and around Cairns. However, with the Great Barrier Reef just off shore and more national parks than one knows what to do with we can only assume the rest of the area only adds to the state’s awesomeness.