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Remember When ... Avis went Crazy with 8's on Weekends?

Crazy 8's

Remember when ... Avis went a bit crazy with 8s on weekends? The year was 1981 and the company was offering specials on their Chevrolet Chevettes, one of the cars that almost killed the American automotive industry. Rather than offering one straightforward promotion -- we really do miss Budget's $19.99 per day, any day Ford Rangers and Avis has a history of offering competing promotions -- there were three different offers at hand. And as they were all for the Chevrolet Chevette in an era where the minimum wage was $3.35 per hour, they were all bad "sales" by modern-day AutoSlash standards.

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Hertz Reveals the Grand Prize Winner of the Great Gold Promotion

Hertz Gold

Last fall, we wrote about Hertz's Great Gold Giveaway contest, where one Grand Prize winner was going to walk away (well, drive away) with 1,000,000 Hertz Gold Plus rewards points and $10,000 to help with the tax burden of the prize. As we wrote then, the award would be sufficient for seven years' worth of rental cars if redeemed for Standard level awards. The contest would be a big deal for the winner, who was recently announced two months after the promotion ended to great fanfare, including special Gold Carpet treatment (after all, we're talking about Hertz) and some royalties for Kool and the Gang.

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Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty List Spring Arizona and Florida Drive-Out Promotions

Taillights

For much of the history of Hertz Global Holdings, the company -- now the parent of Dollar, Hertz, and Thrifty -- was the market-dominant leader (by far). Now, the company is firmly entrenched as the number three rental car corporation and taking cues from market dominant Enterprise Holdings (Alamo, Enterprise, and National) and AvisBudget Group (Avis, Budget, and National), including listing predictable offers more than a month later than their competitors. Every fall, rental car companies focus on getting vehicles to Arizona and Florida -- high-use areas in the winter -- and away from colder climes. Each spring, the rental car companies need to get vehicles out of Arizona and Florida to areas with greater summer demand. AvisBudget Group and Enterprise Holdings listed their offers more than a month ago; now Hertz and the company's subsidiaries are officially in the game -- better late than never, as one might say.

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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Part 3: Craigslist Hookup Leads to Extortion and Stolen Rental Car

Hookup

Country singer Johnny Lee is a favorite among the AutoSlash team. Well, he's a favorite of the older members of the AutoSlash team; the younger members are only familiar with him because I include his greatest hit in stories where relationships go awry and rental cars come into play. Two recent examples include a scenario where life wasn't great at the Super 8 and a pickup attempt gone awry at an Enterprise. Today's cautionary tale of "Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places" comes from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where a Craigslist hookup gone awry has resulted in charges of theft, extortion, and an arrest warrant from the Harrisburg Bureau of Police!

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Hertz and Uber Offer Prizes as Part of the Inaugural National Business Traveler Day

National Business Traveler Day

Ordinarily, we make fun of themed commemorative days. National Plan for Vacation Day was one exception because that's a strong reminder to think about summer vacation and even holidays as far distant as Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas early in the year while the most desirable vehicles are still available! After all, the best chance of getting the lowest rates on a rental is by booking as far in advance as possible (330 days). We then began to see ads for the inaugural National Business Traveler Day (NBTD) -- presented by Upside -- show up on our Facebook timelines. All the ads were for prizes related to first class upgrades but had no connection to rental cars at all. Yet the NBTD sweepstakes has many more partners including rental car companies and ride-hailing services, with a large number of prizes available.

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