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It’s our favorite time of the year when it comes to rental cars, as the rent one get one option comes back for the fall. National Car Rental is usually the leader when it comes to this type of promotion, and this year is no exception.
Car rental junkies and business travelers can score a free rental day after completing two qualifying rentals—two or more days in a mid-sized car counts as one rental. They’re calling the promotion OneTwoFree, and it’s a great way to add some freebies to your travel wallet. Things started up on September 9, and the promotion is scheduled to run through the end of January. That’s means that you have more than enough time to score some free rental days.
At this point there’s more than a few rental car companies offering up electric cars to get you and your crew from here to there, but now there’s an entire city that’s going all in with the electric movement. The theme capital of the world—AKA the greater Orlando area—is looking to link visitors with some of these voltage vehicles, and they just announced a whole new program to do so.
Drive Electric Orlando is a friendship between the area’s rental car companies and the city, as both look to make utilizing an electric vehicle just another slice of vacation fun. Those who choose to skip the pumps will enjoy all kinds of perks like free valet parking at the hotel, preferred parking in the area, and plenty of places to conveniently charge your car—even at the theme parks.
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Next time you're looking at rental car rates, add another company to the list, as it looks like Hertz is bringing its budget brand stateside. Firefly Car Rental is now available in the nifty fifty, and is already busy on an expansion plan.
The very first outpost was down in Orlando, but it looks like Firefly is already keen to take on large cities around the US. Reservations are now open to one and all in Ft. Lauderdale, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and more. Weekend rates are as low as $9.99 per day in Orlando through much of October, as we can only assume they’re eager to introduce the brand and get butts into driver's seats.
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Much of the new stuff we see in the rental car market has to do with new ways to rent cars, share cars, and borrow cars; however, the latest news from Hertz is taking the traditional rental car model to the next level. For once what they’re doing has nothing to do with the rental car, but it’s more about the whole process.
Over in California they just announced a new look to their rental car counter, as they have just unveiled what they’re calling Road Trip by Hertz over at San Diego Airport. In some ways they have brought the idea of an airline lounge—or business center—to the rental car office, as they have kind of reimagined the way things should work and flow.
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One of our favorite things about National Rental Car is that you can pick your own car right off the aisle. Sure there are some limitations to what you can choose and when you can pick it, but for the most part it’s a pretty generous feature. Assuming you join their Emerald Club and book a midsize car, you are then allowed to select anything from the Emerald Aisle. If you’re lucky there are usually a few upgrades sitting right there and are yours for the taking—if you like the red one, take the red one.
Now things have gotten a little bit better, as National Rental Car has recently released a brand new mobile phone app. Available in both iOS and Android flavors, the new app brings a lot of what you’d expect. Make reservations, manage bookings, use discounts, find coupons, and that kind of thing is all available with the latest version of their mobile software.
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Although we love public transportation as much as the next person, there are times when the rental car is a travel necessity. Things get a little bit more complicated when the rules of the road are flipped, and you find yourself navigating the other of the road. Here’s a few tips to help you take the high road:
· Get a co-pilot:
To be clear, our other side of the road is driving on the left rather than the right, so we found it pretty darn helpful to have someone along for the ride. This person reminds you where to turn, which lane to use, and to elbow you when you’re hugging the left side of the road way too much. Here, a backseat driver can be more of a lifesaver than an annoyance, because a reminder to stay on the correct side is certainly welcome. After all, two heads are better than one, right?
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We’ve seen our share of expensive rental cars, yet unfortunately we’re never the ones behind the wheel of anything zippier than a Sentra. Recent offerings from Hertz have been pretty intriguing, but deep down we know we’re limited to the compact—or maybe an intermediate—level of rental car for the time being.
That’s not the case over at Jalopnik where the car-focused site is doing their best to try and determine the world’s most expensive rental car. Over there a quick search yielded a solid option from Gotham Dream Cars, as they have a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe for just shy of $5,000 per day. We’ll assume that’s before you prepay for the gas, and add a bunch of those extra insurance charges and damage waivers—ha.
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If you want a car from the airport, a car by the hour, or anything especially unique, we’re pretty sure Hertz has you covered. It seems like each year the rental car giant expands into more and more areas, as they do their best to be all things to all customers. Well now it looks like they’ve got some new vehicles on the menu, as Hertz Dream Cars is now an offshoot of the main brand.
It’s exactly what it sounds like, as Hertz is now renting out cars that you’ll just never be able to own. Think Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. There’s some Porches, Audis, and Mercedes in there as well, as those are pretty good if you’re looking to make a little bit less of a statement.
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In case you missed it, Silvercar is the coolest rental car company around. They only give out silver Audi A4s, and a lot of the rental car magic is done from the comfort of your mobile device. Right now they’re pretty much doing their thing down in Texas, but if things catch on we’re sure they’ll be up for a little expansion elsewhere.
The best news from them is their new partnership and promotion with Virgin America, as they’re pretty much giving away rental cars—no strings attached. Travelers arriving aboard a Virgin America flight—and who are Virgin America Elevate members—are welcome to try out a one-day rental car free of charge upon arrival.
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As far as rental car companies are concerned there’s plenty of copycat strategies when it comes to keeping up with the competition. The latest news comes from Hertz, as it looks like the company is totally taking a page from the car sharing industry in order to breathe a little extra life into their usual business model.
Through the Hertz 24/7 service they’re looking to make plenty of cars available to plenty of people exactly when they need them. Right now there’s around 35,000 cars available for the taking at any given time, but they’re getting ready for a decent sized expansion. Once 2016 rolls around they might just be pushing roughly 500,000 ready-to-go vehicles worldwide, as these cars are prepared and equipped for anytime access.
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The Chappy ferry!
Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Martha's Vineyard and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the coast of Massachusetts. Pack your wayfarers, your preppiest pants, boat shoes (no socks!), and away we go!
Part 1: Getting there by air
Part 2: Getting around
At 100 square miles, Martha's Vineyard is no tiny island. In fact, it can boast of the fact that it's the "largest island not connected to mainland by a bridge or tunnel on the East Coast of the United States." As such, there's a plethora of ways to get around and see all rose-covered picket fences, lighthouses (5 still standing!), cottage bakeries and ocean vistas your heart desires.
Each individual town is very walkable, and the island offers many trails and hiking-friendly areas. There actually is an annual cross-island hike if you're really keen on seeing the entire island by two feet and two feet only, but we'd recommend you stick to that official event (next scheduled for June 7, 2014).
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Earlier this year we saw the annual return of the one-way rental car deals out of places like Florida, but this year the deals weren’t as extreme as in years past. Thankfully the rental car companies must have come to their senses, as it looks like the deals have expanded and become an even better deal.
Up first is Avis, as they have too many cars down in Florida and need to move ‘em elsewhere. You’ll be paying $9.95 per day for subcompact through standard car options, and you have through June 30 to book things and to get moving.
Enter AWD # S705900 when you’re ready to confirm, and you should be all set. All the details including the pickup locations can be found right here, as well as the drop off locations which include spots like New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois and Colorado.