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Save $50 on Your Next Rental with Silvercar

December 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

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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Silvercar is Bringing Its Audi A4s To LAX Next Month

October 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

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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Silvercar Teams with Virgin America to Hand Out Free Rental Cars

July 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM | by | ()

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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Why the Early Adopters Will Be Driving Silver Audi A4s at SxSW 2013

February 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

Silvercar is still very much the new kid on the block when it comes to rental cars, but they’re already trying to connect with the cool kids who flock to Austin. Unfortunately they’re not quite ready to open up at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just yet, but they are heading into town in advance of this year’s edition of SxSW.

In case you need a quick refresher, the deal with Silvercar is that everyone gets the same car—a silver Audi A4—and the whole process is pretty much completed from the comfort of your mobile phone. Right now they’re just doing their thing in and out of Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, but like we said they’re on the move down to a temporary home in Austin.

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What Defunct Airline SkyBus Has in Common with a Rental Car Start-up

January 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | ()

A couple months ago we mentioned this little start-up called Silvercar. In case you forgot they’re basically the latest entry into the crowded rental car market. However, they’re hoping to be successful by offering up only one kind of car—silver Audi A4s. It also doesn’t hurt that they’ve got former Skybus head honcho Bill Diffenderffer on the books as well.

Right before Christmas they flipped the switch on their website, and now Silvercar is open for your booking pleasure. Everything is a little limited to start—as in very limited—because it’s only in Dallas-Ft. Worth thus far. They’ve got to start somewhere, and the rental cars start flowing out of the airport as soon as January 14.

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It's Been Four Years and We Just Can't Forget SkyBus

April 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM | by | ()

Like all major historical events, we’ll always remember where we were and what we were doing the day that SkyBus died. We were actually just turning on the Today show—still in bed—to the news that the crazy cheap carrier was boarding up shop and getting out of the airline business. Like so many others, we were left with cancelled reservations (from North Carolina to Southern California), a bummer considering we'd just tested out SkyBus only a few weeks before the bankruptcy.

This month marks the four-year anniversary (April 4, 2008) of the bankruptcy and, unfortunately, that trip now only lives on in our memories. Hey, at least we got to try SkyBus before it went belly up. Rising fuel costs and a cash flow that was more of a trickle made for the downfall of the airline.

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SkyBus' Former CEO is Back in Business...Running Rental Cars

March 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM | by | ()

We’re all about awesome rental cars, so we’re especially intrigued about a new rental car company that’s poised to hit the scene sooner rather than later. Of course we’re excited to see what kind of awesome wheels will be available to the masses, but we’re also kind of pumped to hear about the company’s management team. Usually we couldn’t care less, but this time is different as the former CEO of SkyBus is apparently behind the new venture.

SilverCar is an Austin—of course—based start-up rental car company, and according to government paperwork they’ve already raised around $3 million bucks towards their hopes and dreams. The website for the new idea is still lacking, but it does look like they’re describing the endeavor as “a technology company that will make renting a luxury car as simple as pushing a button on your phone.” We love luxury cars and pushing buttons on our phones, so we’re pretty much sold.

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Three Years After Skybus Bit the Big One, It's Still Making News

March 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM | by | ()

This is a hard topic for us to discuss, because we’re still bitter about the $9 flights that we had to Southern California that were canceled thanks to a pesky little bankruptcy. Even as we hold back our tears, we feel it’s important to recognize the three-year anniversary of Skybus' going belly up.

Several years after its demise, the defunct airline is still making news, as it continues to payback all those investors and companies that believed in cheap airfare as the next big thing. Despite not making too much cash during its short run, the airline was actually able to pay back most of its creditors. We’re hardly bankruptcy law experts, but apparently paying back unsecured debts is kind of a big deal.

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Five Defunct Airlines and Their Best Vintage Sales

July 12, 2010 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

We’re always on the lookout for the next airfare sale, but sometimes it's nice to remember the good old, cheaper days. You won’t be able to use any of our latest finds to help you get anywhere, but hopefully it will be a nice stroll down memory lane. Here’s five of our picks for defunct airlines and their vintage sales.

· Trans World Airlines:
The airline better known as TWA was swallowed up by American Airlines in 2001, but before their disappearance they were trying to get butts in the seats to raise some cash. Back in April of 2000 they wanted passengers to beat the winter blues by taking advantage of cheaper fares to the US, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. For those looking for a classier escape, St. Louis to Paris was $698 roundtrip. New Yorkers could head to Seattle or Los Angeles for just $298, but for $498 we’d rather take a trip to Honolulu. Just remember that all travel must be completed by September 15, 2000.

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The CEO Of Skybus Finally Speaks Up About What Went Wrong

December 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

If a cheap flight is on your holiday wish list, an airline like Skybus would really help out Santa and his elves this year. Too bad we all know what happened to that little orange airline—it crashed and burned on the balance sheets. Long after the airline’s demise, the former CEO Bill Diffenderffer is speaking about what went wrong with his airline. Unfortunately, it was always pretty clear to us, costs went up like crazy and the airline’s fares went down like crazy. At least we finally got to hear something from the big boss.

He stated that the airline ran into lots of trouble all at the same time. Diffenderffer did take responsibility for the failure of the airline, because as he sees it, he was in charge and he did not get the job done. The combination of high oil prices, sinking passenger confidence, and weather problems all led to the airline's adios from the commercial airline business. Planes breaking down and lacking the necessary back-up aircraft didn’t help the cause either.

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JetAmerica is the New Air Azul is the New Skybus?

May 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM | by | ()

You know, we really had some high hopes for start-up LCC Air Azul, but after they simply failed to start up and began the sputter into obscurity, we sighed with relief that we had held off buying our tickets.

The anxiety and confusion returns however, as the skeleton of Air Azul dances for us once again to the tune of a new name: JetAmerica. What's this? Has the ghost of Skybus past risen to again claim Ohio as a hub? The Cranky Flier thinks so, and we're inclined to agree seeing as how they'd be most likely to pay attention to cities like Toledo or Lansing.

Compounded with this is the fact that Skybus founder John Weikle had planned on branding his second try at an airline with the name "JetAmerica." Honey, we've got a tangled web of airline histories and mysteries here.

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Skybus Still Settling All Kinds Of Claims

March 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

You know we love Skybus, and even though it’s long gone, every once in a while a little tidbit trickles out from its former base in Columbus, Ohio. Nearly a year after its demise, it looks like the airline is finally settling things up with its former workers. They’ve agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that was filed by employees who were less than thrilled when they found out that their jobs were abruptly terminated.

The lawsuit alleged that Skybus violated the Workers’ Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act by not giving employees advance notice of at least 60 days. If the employees are anything like us—we found out by watching the Today show and throwing the remote across the room—they didn't get any warning.

The details are still being worked out in bankruptcy court—sounds exciting—so no specific settlement figure has been announced yet. The Columbus Regional Airport is trying to get some $5 million in change as well, and it looks like when everything is finalized, Skybus will be able to pay about 76 cents on the dollar to those who it left high and dry—guess that’s better than getting nothing.

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·Skybus To Settle Ex-Workers' Suit [Columbus Dispatch]
·2008's Most Missed Industry Casualty Is... [Jaunted]
·Airline Bankruptcy [Jaunted]

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