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

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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

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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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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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The Low Down on Budget Fastbreak

Budget Fastbreak

Budget shares the value market with Alamo, Dollar, and Thrifty. As such, its benefits and rewards are aimed at the price-conscious occasional renter rather than the frequent business traveler.

Budget's program, termed Budget Fastbreak, offers some—but not all—of the benefits associated with sister company Avis's Preferred service, usually at a lower daily rate. Signing up for Fastbreak is free and only takes a minute or two.

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