Have you heard of Silvercar? Wondered what sets them apart from traditional car rental companies?
Silvercar has set out to disrupt traditional car rental in the US. They tag themselves as “The World’s First Hassle-Free Car Rental Company”. Also “Car Rental the way it should be” and, a bit blunt but straight to the point, “Car Rental that doesn’t suck”.
More than 30 million road trippers will enjoy the lowest gas prices in more than a decade when they hit the highway on this Labor Day long weekend.
It's estimated that 35.5 million US travelers will venture 50 or more miles from home this weekend. The traditional end of summer holiday weekend will see 2.6 million people flying (some of which will rent a car on arrival to continue to their final destination), 2.4 million taking a train, bus or a cruise and the rest hitting the road. This will be the highest number of Labor Day travelers since 2008 and a 1% increase from last year.
Ryanair announced this morning of notification by Hertz that their exclusive partnership to provide car rental services to Ryanair customers was being terminated effective immediately (12:00pm GMT July 2nd). The screenshot above shows the message that Ryanair customers who try to book a car through their website are seeing as of now.
Hertz is blaming breach of contract due to Ryanair's agreement with GDS distribution companies which Ryanair says has been in place since April 2014.
It didn't take long for Hertz to respond to Conan O'Brien calling them out on his late night show for an obvious pricing error on their US website that no-one would admit was an error.
On his show on Monday night, Conan introduced a new segment inspired by an experience that Executive Producer Jeff Ross had encountered with Hertz. In case you missed it, here is Monday's Ross Wronged video.
An unfortunate pricing error on Hertz' US website has inspired a new segment on Conan O'Briens late night show on TBS.
It seems that the show's Executive Producer Jeff Ross, a self-professed long-time repeat client of Hertz and a Hertz Gold Plus member for more than 10 years, recently tried to rent a car for a trip to Florida. When checking the price for a one-day rental of a Premium size car (by the way Hertz, since when is a Chevrolet Impala a Premium car?), this is what he was quoted.
In an official video press release today, Alamo Car Rental has announced the availability of monster trucks in their fleet "in response to customer demand for more adventurous and off-road-ready vehicle options".
With vehicles featuring 66-inch tires and supercharged V8 engines, the Alamo Monster Truck Program allows families to explore even the most remote locations for their off-road adventures. Towering 12 feet high and weighing in at 10,000 pounds, the trucks will be available with rates starting at $650 per day. Weekly rates are also available on request.
According to Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing for Alamo, "Our more adventurous customers are looking for vehicles that will get their adrenaline pumping when they travel. The Alamo Monster Truck Program is our way of providing truly monstrous experiences to vacationers looking for an extraordinary memory."
Have you ever returned your rental car and then a week or two later found a mysterious charge on your credit card from the car rental company? This is one of the most common complaints, the charges that appear after the customer returned the car and everything seemed fine.
Post rental charges can be for a number of things including:Damage caused to the car during the rental period. Toll road usage charges. Extraordinary cleaning. Late return. Missing fuel.
Missing fuel is by far the most common charge (closely followed by damage charges) and one that is appearing more and more often. Most companies offer options when you pick up the car to pre pay for a full tank of fuel allowing you to return it empty without having to worry about filling up just before you drop off the car. In countries like Spain and Portugal some companies actually enforce this as their standard policy, often charging the full tank at a much higher price than you would pay at a petrol station, a way for them to offer low up front prices but then make up the difference when you pick up the car.
Our Weekly Car Rental and Car Hire News Roundup is out for this Monday, March 14th 2016. This week's headlines:
► Running the Car Rental Agreement Gantlet. ► Under the microscope: daily rental charges. ► Hertz Global Holdings Appoints Robert Barton as Senior Vice President, Global Franchise Operations. ► These are the most complained-about companies - and here’s what we do with them. ► Lucky driver escapes Lincoln speeding fine - because his hire car was 140 MILES away. ► Travel Agents Reveal Early 2016’s Hottest Destinations. ► Pipe bombs found in stolen vehicle in Phoenix traffic stop. ► New Free Car Rental Service WaiveCar Arrives In California. ► Google's New Mobile Tool Lets You Compare Destinations by Price. ► Avis agent saves passenger's life at Jacksonville International Airport. ► 4 things to know when renting a car with a debit card. ► Fly into Florida and drive home with a deal. ► 7 Tips to Maximize a Short Trip. ► Fancy a Porsche or Harley Davidsons? You can rent them now in Hyderabad India! ► Saudi Arabian citizens cry foul as car rental prices shoot up. ► Kill It With Tech: 8 Tools To Rid Your Travels Of Jet Lag. ► No Class Cert in Dollar Rental Car Add-On Class Action. ► New reviews for Silvercar at Austin Bergstom International Airport in Texas, Avis at Moorea in French Polynesia, Budget in Eindhoven Netherlands, Avis at Tel Aviv Airport in Israel, Budget at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida, Budget at Montevideo Carrasco International Airport in Uruguay, Goldcar at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport in Italy and many more.