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Hertz Launches Hertz 24/7 Program

Two days ago, Hertz car rental announced the global launch of Hertz 24/7. No longer will their clients get stuck on the time frame of making reservations and renting a car within a 9-5 limit because with Hertz 24/7, they get to rent a vehicle of their choice, anywhere, and at any time.

According to Hertz Chairman and CEO, Mark P. Frissora, “Driven by the company’s award-winning technology, Hertz is reinventing the car rental industry by putting the rental process in the hands of consumers. Technology-enhanced vehicles will be available close to where customers live or work, making it easier than ever to reserve and quickly pick-up a rental vehicle at the customer’s convenience. Urban and suburban customers will be able to rent a much wider variety of vehicles at any hour – not just weekdays 9 to 5 when a neighborhood rental location is open. 24/7 service is a key part of our commitment to create the fastest, easiest and most valued rental experiences in the business.”

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The Hertz “Click, Swipe, and Go!” process will be readily available to everyone who’s a Hertz member. Just log on to your account by a simple Click at hertz.com or hertz247.com via your mobile app or your laptop and then complete your reservation details in less than 5 minutes. The next step is to Swipe your 24/7 key fob against the car windshield where the reader is and you’ll hear the car doors unlock. You can locate the car keys that are tethered on the dashboard. And then the last and final step –  Go!

Right now there are 35,000 vehicles of all types (sedans, mini vans, vans, SUV) available in about 1,800 neighborhood and airport locations around the U.S., Germany, France, U.K., Spain, and Australia with expansion plans of up to 2,000 opened neighbourhood and airport locations by year end. In the second week of September 2013, Hertz will host a 24/7 product and services demonstration event where they will focus on mobile applications that enhance the rental experience and, of course, the future of in-car telematics.

How To Save On Your Car Rental

Summer is halfway over but of course, we should never lose the hope of a wonderful and memorable summer adventure this year! If the only thing stopping you in your tracks form achieving that summer highlight with your friends is the lack of a car rental deal, then you found yourself reading the right guide!

Below are 4 tips to follow to score cheap car rentals:

Research

Remember that the car rental industry is a huge one which means that there are plenty of companies to choose from. It is also safe to assume that the competition in the industry is really stiff since there are plenty rental companies out there. This then results to each company having unique car deals that cater to every type of customer that they may have – whether it’s a professional businessman on a business trip or a wacky family bunch out to see Mickey’s castle.

Narrow down which areas you want to visit, list down all the possible car rental agencies within the area, and then research on which agency can give you the cheapest offer. Putting in that extra time on research will always lead you to what you’re looking for.

Only get the car that you need

Although the temptation to rent the car of your dreams, always keep your feet grounded and your head on your shoulders and only rent the car that you or your group needs. If you do wish to spoil yourself a little, try your luck by subscribing to the car rental agency’s mailing list and you might score an upgrade coupon!

Fill her up

Car rental companies are quite particular about their gas gauge. It is imperative that you fill up the gas tank of your rented car the exact amount it had when you first got her. If not, you’ll find yourself paying extra more for a per-gallon increment of gas. There are also apps made especially to track your gas consumption like GasBuddy or Cost2Drive.

Be sensitive to the time

If car rentals are sensitive about their gas, they’re more sensitive about keeping their schedules right on track. Cars that are returned late are penalized since they rely on your promptness to be able to clean up, prep, and ready the car for the next renters.

Various Car Rental Industry Awards Honors Hertz

Just recently, the celebration of a good year for Hertz Corporation begins with winning 3 separate awards from leading influencers of the industry.

To begin with, based on a survey of U.S. based travellers for their most preferred brand of car rental during trips, Hertz Corporation’s Hertz car rental program won as the most favoured in the 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards for Travel Favorites by TripAdvisor.

Secondly, and also for the second consecutive year, the FlyerTalks Awards granted top honors to Hertz and Hertz’ Gold Plus Rewards program for its amazing rewards program and the benefits provided in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Middle East. If you’re unfamiliar, Flyer Talk is a community of about 500,000 members who discuss and share travel information and tips regarding hotel, air, and car rental programs.

Lastly, Christopher Elliot, a known multimedia journalist and consumer advocate, awards top award to Hertz as the best car rental company amongst 5 others. Awarding was distinguished through a poll survey Elliot set up on his website, encouraging his readers to cast a vote each.

Of course, all this hard work stems from instilled work ethics and values that Hertz and its leaders invoke on their company. According to Hertz’ Chairman and CEO, Mark P. Fissora, “Hertz prides itself on providing superior customer service and value with our innovative products and services, such as our robust and rewarding loyalty program” … “Being recognized yet again by the influential members of FlyerTalk for our Gold Plus Rewards program, and being selected as the ‘favorite’ and ‘best’ car rental company in the industry by travelers across the U.S., is a testament to our intense focus on giving our customers the fastest, easiest and most valued car rental experience.”

Ensure A Safer Ride With The RideSafer Travel Vest

Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the RisdeSafer Travel Vest is now every parent’s relaxing breath of fresh air from the unspoken fear of unforeseen car accidents with children on board.

With the release of this stackable and foldable life vest, rental companies can now ensure a safer environment for families who rent their cars for a vacation road trip. The RideSafer Travel Vest main difference from other safety vests is that this was created to promote lower center gravity for children so that in the event of a crash, the child is properly belted to stability and absorption of a crash. Unlike our usual seat belt, with how the RideSafer Travel Vest is created, the crash impact is distributed to a bigger part of the child’s body therefore eliminating the damage, such as over-tightening, that can be caused by a traditional seatbelt to the organs of the body.

RideSafer Travel Vest

RideSafer Travel Vest

The innovative design elements that promote the safety precautions as explained above are:

  • The repositioned lap belt which can now be found below the abdomen. This precaution protects the organs from squishing or pressure.
  • The shoulder belt positioner is now made to ensure that it is away from the child’s neck once pressure hits.
  • The vest has well-distributed foam and energy-absorbing lamination for improved shock absorption.

The safest and best alternative for a more trustworthy safety vest for your child is the RideSafer Travel Vest. It’s comfortable, portable, and the safest and most effective there is.

 

Hertz Introduces Dream Car Rental Program

Finally a dream comes true for anyone who wants it. Hertz chairman and CEO, Mark P. Frissora, announces that consumers are now given the chance to experience “luxury travel at its finest” through their newly launched service: Hertz Dream Cars. Anyone can now have the experience of having in their possession a pimp ride and also that enthralling decision-making process of picking a ride from a fleet of America’s best and most famous luxury cars through Hertz car rental.

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The whole nine yards is provided once you opt for a Hertz car rental. As soon as you step off the plane, you’ll find a Hertz Client Concierge waiting to orient you on your vehicle, and ready to usher you in your dream car that’s brand-spanking new! Naturally, you have the option of being picked up from the airport, your home, or any off-airport location, whichever may be more convenient for you.

The line-up for these luxury cars are as follows:

  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe
  • Ferrari F430 Spider
  • Lamborghini Gallardo
  • Mercedes Benz C63 AMG
  • Mercedes Benz E63 AMG
  • Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 911
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Porsche Panamera

There are 35 markets where Hertz is marketing their Dream Cars, this 35 includes Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Florida.

Staten Island’s Hidden Gems

Staten Island, one of the famous five boroughs of New York City, and said to be known as the most suburban of them all. But despite this, it surely doesn’t mean that you won’t any interesting spots to visit as you tour the island.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to go about the island, there are plenty of choices to consider whether you’re looking for a sense of comfort, a view along that short travel, or if you’re considering the least time spent on hours during travel.

The most sought after mode of travel is by ferry from Manhattan. Taking this route shows its passengers a stunning of the skyline of Manhattan and the New York harbour as well. There is also an option of getting to Staten Island by car, either through a car rental like Payless car rental or a taxi cab, through Brooklyn or New Jersey. If not, there is also the option of taking the express bus as well.

Below is a list of some of the most raved about tourist attractions that many have seen and have also greatly appreciated:

Chinese Scholar Garden

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The most recent addition to the tourist sites on the island is this garden replica of the Ming dynasty. This authentic Suzhou garden can be located at the Staten Botanical Garden. It’s the best place to experience serenity and harmony, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

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This is considered as the island’s most genuine hidden gems. Take the time to bring a picnic basket and take the family to walk through the area while the sun is out. The place is well taken care of and carries a rich history that definitely tells a great story. It was originally a place where women waited for their husbands to come from sea, and also a place where artists were granted cottages for homes. The place proves to show a lot of interesting things to see and read.

Alice Austen House, Museum and Garden

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Previously owned by the photographer Alice Austen in the 19th and 20th century, this gingerbread house is known to house all her photographs for exhibit which shows the island as she was growing up. It provides a picturesque view of Staten Island before what it is today. The gardens are open, too, for relaxation and picnics with the family.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

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It may not be Disney World, but this place is good enough. The vast expanse of the land is so huge a kid would probably need more than a day to explore the area. There are sections dedicated to themes, and plenty of exhibits that are hands on for the children. Definitely a place of fun and learning.

Top 4 Attractions You’ll Find in The Bronx

Harboring its name from the European settler, Jonas Bronck, the Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City, being the northernmost of them all. This borough is known to be home to about 1.2 million, about just ¼ of the entirety of NYC’s population.

Along with all other boroughs, the Bronx also boasts of its own tourist attractions that are included in most tourist attraction must-sees once of the Big Apple. Of course, if days of touring and traveling has already gotten your muscles feeling like noodles from all the walking, opting to avail of a Dollar car rental for cheap rates is always the best option for you or your entire group.

Listed below is a collection of the top tourist attractions that other tourists like you have reviewed to be worth seeing:

New York Botanical Garden

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In every search you make of tourist attractions for NYC, this always comes up. This 250 acre haven of thousands upon thousands of various flowers, plants, and tress is definitely a sight to behold. It carries about 50 gardens, timely exhibits and shows, and as everyone has mentioned, the Train Show is something that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Bronx Zoo

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Known worldwide for its wide array of housed animals, insects, and whatever creepy crawlies you had in mind. It’s a huge place where kids could enjoy and explore the entire duration of the day. There’s a special zoo for small children, another special section for kids fascinated with insects and, as we mentioned above, creepy crawlies. You’ll also spot a sea lion pool, a 4-D theatre, and a monkey and mouse house, too! Families have testified that despite having been to the zoo, they always come back year after year, maybe you should too!

Yankee Stadium

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But of course, the venue that was featured in almost every RomCom or inspirational movie where a proposal happened, a marriage, a very inspiring homerun by the underdogs that gave them the championship. Whether on the screen or in real life, you’ll never know the difference. The iconic Yankee Stadium has just been recently renovated to accommodate its fan base more comfortably.

Wave Hill Park

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Some say it’s almost like the NY Botanical Gardens but with a cheaper admission fee. Don’t be deceived though, it may have a lesser entrance fee but that doesn’t mean you get a view that’s less breath-taking and beautiful. Upon entering Wave Hill Park, located somewhere near Hudson River, you’ll feel like you’ve probably entered the realm of Narnia. The whole city disappears and you’re transported to a place of lush greens, a land of fragrant flowers, and a 26 acre natural garden that’s lacking of crowds and the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Not-So-Usual Benefits of Renting A Car

Summer is officially here and almost everyone is looking forward to their vacation. It’s the perfect time to get away with family or close friends and be away from your daily routine. If you haven’t planned yours yet because you are on a tight budget and feel like you need a more reliable means of transportation to pursue your dream adventure, don’t just lose hope.

This is probably a good time for you to consider renting a car. Whether you plan on traveling with friends or your family, you can choose the right size to fit every member comfortably. And we’re not only talking about comfort, we’re also talking about a cheaper alternative to having the car tuned-up before a trip, having the tires changed, spending money on gas, and avoiding the not-so-distant possibility of having your car breakdown in the middle of nowhere.

The idea above is the usual thought that pops into people’s minds when we talk about car rentals with them – road trips and family vacations. But as time moves forward and concepts follow evolution, so does the idea and uses of rental cars for Americans.

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If you’re a junior account executive, a sales man, a Public Relations manager, or you have a profession that relates with keeping appearances and facing high-rolling clients, then a car is an accessory that makes a statement along with your suit and tie. If you don’t have one, renting a luxury car for a day saves you the trouble and definitely earns you extra points on the impression meter.

 

 

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Whenever extended family members drop by for a few weeks for a family reunion, this situation always a poses a transportation problem on some families with a sedan for a family car. Of course, the car needed to take the visitors around town should be big enough to fit Grand Ma, Uncle Joe, his wife, and their kids. What happens is that some resort to renting a Mini Van from the car rental that offers the lowest car rental rates and this always proves to be the first best decision made for the entire family affair.

 

 

And of course, there’s the idea that doesn’t always occur to most people. Renting a car is a great way to bring a new meaning to “test drive”. In buying a new car, there’s always a top 3 on your list. Choices make the whole ordeal exciting and stressful because there’s the pressure to make the right choice looking for the one that’s worth your money and there’s the thrill of owning a new toy even if it’s just a family van. Renting models that are on your list is a great way to know what works for the family and what is worth your buck!

Travel Tips

plane-ticketA good vacation starts with a crucial, a very detailed and most especially, very smart planning. Failing to read the fine print of a travel package can lead to paying the price of comfort like finding yourself in a shabby hotel, eating bland food at the buffet or even riding a car with the A/C busted.

So just in case you’re thinking of taking the honey out on a second honeymoon (or a first), we encourage you to read the tips enumerated below so you can’t say you weren’t armed before going into the battlefield of travel planning.

Check out travel forums

First off, you first have to have an idea where you’re going, what to expect, and which sites to go to. You can always ask people who have been to those places for first hand tips and advice, but if a first-hand source is nowhere to be found, the existence of travel forums like Trip Advisor may be a jetsetter’s blessing.

Go old school, refer to travel agents

Although with the advent of online bookings, travel packages, and seat sales, referring to the services of a travel agent is still the best way to go. The old practice of travel booking, although slower to process, is still the most fool-proof method to choose. The trouble with travel packages is that everything is bundled; there is no option to choose a different hotel or opt for a better flight. The service referral of a travel agent ensures that you get the lowest rates possible with the arrangement of a great hotel with a buffet breakfast to boot. Plus, with fees included, studies show that travel agents are way cheaper than doing everything yourself.

Hop on a bus

If you’re not short on time, traveling by bus is as good as hopping on a plane. Buses aren’t as rickety and uncomfortable as they used to be in the days. You can try BoltBus, which connects major Northeast US cities, while MegaBus travels around Northeast and the Midwest states, has a route around Eastern Canada, and the U.K. too. It’s way cheaper, and although the travel time may be longer, you can use this time to contemplate things about your life – if you’re into that thing.

..Or hop on a rental car

Now if you really want to take your time, manage it yourself, and have the option of privacy and comfort, then renting a car may probably be what’s for you. Look back on our previous post to check the benefits of renting a car and once you’re convinced maybe you could check out National car rental for good deals and cheaper price listings.