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Hertz Reveals the Grand Prize Winner of the Great Gold Promotion

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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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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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U.S. Travel Association's Annual Daily Getaways Promotion Has Rental Car Offers

Daily Getaways

Every April, the U.S. Travel Association offers their Daily Getaways program, where selected travel partners make various awards available for purchase each day, Monday through Friday, for a series of weeks. The 2018 Daily Getaways series lasts five weeks, with the first three weeks' worth of offers already posted. Three rental car companies -- Avis, Hertz, and Alamo -- have offers available in the three weeks already published and the most desirable offers sell out within seconds. Should a renter consider sitting at their computers at 1 p.m. Eastern time to seek these offers? The answer, like many other situations in life, is "it depends".

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Every Rental Company has a Unique Code (Part 2)

Why?

In Part I yesterday, we left off with a quick brainteaser about matching the rental car company to their appropriate vendor code. Google was (and is) allowed (of course) but we wanted to provide a bit of a challenge. So if you haven't tried the match game yet, feel free to hop back to yesterday's post, break out a pencil, and come right back to see the answers below. So which two-character code matches which rental car company? More after the drop!

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Every Rental Company has a Unique Code (Part 1)

Breaking the Code

When you reserve a rental car or book airfare, cruises, or hotels, there's software on the back end that takes the information you requested and puts it into a specific format all major global travel providers are able to recognize. We talked about how the vehicle you reserve has standardized codes from a trade organization called ACRISS where every car can be represented in four characters - for instance, a standard convertible with automatic transmission and air conditioning gets converted to "STAR": S - standard, T - convertible, A - automatic transmission, R - air conditioning.

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