All the attention has been on the Continental-United merger, but that’s not the only M&A action in the travel space. To wit: Hertz made an offer to buy Dollar/Thrifty for $41/share. Avis subsequently signaled interest in making a...

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16
Sep
2009

Budget and Avis (which are the same company, though operated as separate brands) announced that they were banning smoking in all their rental cars in North America. Effective October 1, 2009, smoking will be off limits. If you do smoke in the car,...

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14
Jan
2009

While drivers will still need to keep your eyes on the road, Avis and Budget are partnering with AT&T’s CruiseCast to beam television channels into rental cars. For $8.95 a day, the passengers in the backseat will never need to part with...

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Last November, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Budget Rent-a-Car couldn’t impose an automatic fuel fee for those customers driving fewer than 75 miles. Budget was charging the fee even when those customers returned the car with a full...

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04
Jun
2007

Want to class up that rental car? Avis launched a new service in ten cities today, letting Avis Preferred members hire a chauffeur to drive them around. As part of the new “Chauffeur Drive” program, the drivers are provided and billed...

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Two readers wrote in regarding late returns and grace periods when renting a car. Reader Francine writes: When I rented a car from National recently, there was no grace period for late returns. None! Is this the latest way they get you? And...

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