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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.”

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.

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.

New York Sites: Statue of Liberty Fun Facts

If you have read our previous post, you’ll know that we talked about a couple of fun and interesting fact about the Empire State Building. Of course, if you’re doing a clean sweep of New York’s finest attractions and dining, it’s inevitable that you also visit the lovely lady Liberty herself!

Mounted on Liberty Island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island, is the 305 feet and 6 inch tall statue from the French. Given as a present, this statue is that of the Roman goddess, Libertas who is known as the goddess of freedom, holding a torch and a tabulas ansata which had America’s independence date, July 4, 1776, inscribed on it.

What most people don’t know is that at the bottom of Lady Liberty’s feet are broken chains and shackles that symbolize freedom from oppression and tyranny.

The conception and creation of the Statue of Liberty began in the 1870’s where Frederic Bartholdi first constructed the statue in France. He then disassembled it to ship it to America and re-assembled it back up again.

The color of Lady Liberty was not painted green on purpose. The statue’s original color was that of dull copper. It changed into green because of years of weather changes has affected the coat to corrode which resulted to the ‘patina’. The US Congress has authorized to re-paint the statue but due to public dislike, they preserved the green patina instead.

Also, as an added tidbit, the copper skin is only 3/32ths of an inch thick (or thin). This copper sheeting’s thickness is less than that of 2 US pennies combined.

Frederic Bartholdi also stated that he designed he patterned Lady Liberty’s face by using his mother, Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, as the model. He also mentioned that he created an uncomplicated silhouette on the statue which would take great effect because of the statue’s great placement on the harbour. Any immigrants or visitors to come towards the Americas would notice a changing perspective on Lady Liberty as they approach Manhattan.

Admittedly, that last tidbit of information isn’t so common as the first few and chancing upon this makes seeing Lady Liberty in possibly a whole new light as well. If this piqued your curiosity, and that vacation to see the Big Apple has got you excited, better make sure you double check your car rental rates so you’re sure to have a way to get to Liberty Island soon!

New York Dining: Dim Sum and Noodles

chinatownWe discussed where to find authentic Italian dining goodness from the previous post, in this entry it’s time to talk about where to find your nitty-gritty dirty Chinese food favorites in Lower Manhattan. It doesn’t matter how you get there, whether you get to this food haven on foot, via public transportation, or through a car rental New York, as long as you arrive with just the right hunger in your stomach and enough adventure in your veins, then this food trip would be well worth it in the end.

What you’ll notice if you’re a frequent traveller is that in every country there will always be every country’s respective Chinatown, and searching for the best tasting noodle bowls, dim sum, and dumplings will always be the best part of this trip.

Now for the best tasting noodles and dim sum, always look for the specialists. For starters, there’s Tasty Dumplings where the dumplings are as juicy and freshly cooked as you could only imagine, Lam Zhou Noodle Shop on the other hand offers you the best noodles in Chinatown. Other popular favorites are Grand Sichuan where the menu offers the best Sichuan spicy cuisine in the area, the Peking Duck House where, as you guessed it, serves the best crisp-skinned and succulent peking duck dish right on your center table.

After a satisfying sit-down meal and you’re still ready for more, head on out the street and scout for some of the best tasting Chinese street food that costs less than a dollar or two. Scout for steamed buns, kebabs or quick rice meals like cheung fun.

New York Dining: Little Italy

So you’re on a vacation to see the great big city of New York but you don’t know where to experience that street food style of dining. If you have got a day to spare and a lot of courage reserved,  hop on your car rental service vehicle and then head on out to New York’s Little Italy by Lower Manhattan and experience something new and exciting.

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 source: SeriousEats

Although many say that Little Italy’s food isn’t as authentic as it used to be, and neither does it have any real New York Italians residing within the area anymore, there are still a couple of food establishments who remain strong and as Italian as Italian cuisine could be.

According to an article written by SeriousEats, there are a couple of top picks that you could find at Little Italy. Most of the food establishments could be find clustered around Mulberry Street, and as you walk along, you’ll encounter a lot of hawkers who are paid to convince customers to come in their respective restaurants. Don’t be convinced too easily, reserve your appetite for some of the better stuff that the place could offer!

Let’s start off with the simple things like visiting an authentic Italian bakery, Parisi Bakery, and Italian market, Di Palo’s. Parisi is a family owned bakery known for their sandwiches, cold cuts, parm, and lard bread. Meanwhile, Di Palo’s is a specialty shop that’s famous for their cured meats, antipasti, really good cheese, and other pantry goods. Visit these two shops if you wish to take home some of these goods to share with your family, or if you just want something to munch on as you travel.

For a little more on the finer side to dining, try calling in for a reservation at Torrisi Italian Specialties for a more refined menu but if you’re game for something simpler, try this well-known sandwich shop, called Parm, that specializes in turkey clubs, parm sandwiches, and their ice cream cake.

The one restaurant that tops the list for SeriousEats though is Rubirosa. It boasts of classic New York Italian cuisine that serves exquisite pizza, housemade mozzarella, and authentic pasta. If you’re visiting with your family, Rubirosa is a great place to bring the entire family to.

Reconnect With Old Friends, Plan A Vacation!

No matter how many weekends you stay in your apartment and spend the whole day in bed, it still won’t compare to having an actual vacation out of town and being literally away from home for a couple of days. True you may be getting hours upon hours of sleep, and plenty of quality time with your books, your tv shows, or your bed, but to see the same things day after day isn’t quite as relaxing as you think.

If you find yourself being a little bit crankier during Mondays, and having a little less patience for your interns whenever they have questions, maybe it’s high time that you pick up that phone and call on your gang to plan out a short but sweet vacation out of town.

Check out those cool travel blogs your friends online have been raving about, find out what tips they have to say about driving out on a long road trip to Vegas, or hitting the beaches in Miami. You could also go on an eclectic and highly spiritual trip to Key West if you wish. Dine in picnics at local parks, revel in the beauty of nature as you watch the sunset, or spend the entire afternoon biking around town.

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Since graduating high school or college, it’s natural that you and your friends may have drifted a little since work and real life started. This is the perfect time to re-connect and rekindle that friendship over a bottle of drinks at a restaurant with exotic cuisine or maybe over a bonfire at the beach with marshmallows on sticks just like old times.

So go on ahead, book that vacation leave with your boss, get on that computer, check on best rental car rates for your trip, book the hotel, and save the dates. It’s time to let loose, relax, have fun, and reconnect!

 

Why You Should Search For The Best Car Rental Rates

Living in the real world isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. You go to a 9 to 5 job 5 days a week (sometimes even 6) and you’re only given 2 days to rest. You feel like work gets all your time and family time seems to be never enough. When these feelings appear, it may just be signs that you need a vacation, and it’s a vacation that requires hauling the entire family in a huge SUV and going for a long to get to the sandy beaches or to that theme park that’s a family favourite.

Once you’ve decided where you’re going and what you’re gonna do, of course the next most practical thing to do when it comes to planning a vacation is to rent a car from a company that has the best car rental rates. If you’re already wondering why you should opt to spend money to rent a car when you already have a perfectly working SUV right in your garage? Here are a few good reasons why renting a car is the best way to go when planning vacation with the family:

  • You won’t have to worry about tune-ups and the car breaking down in the middle of the road. If your rented vehicle breaks down, you can simply call your car rental service and someone will come over with a new car for you to use.
  • You can pick any car you wish you to use depending on the number of people riding with you and where you wanna go. If you’re passing roads that are quite bumpy, then you save your actual car from wear and tear and you get to use a fab 4×4 vehicle too!
  • Renting a car saves your car from, as mentioned above, wear and tear. This would be incredibly helpful especially if your car is either brand-spanking new or really old.

Save yourself from the stress. It may be a vacation where you get to relax but the preparation may just be equal how much relaxation you’re about to have. Eliminate at least one factor to take care of during planning and let RentACarNow take some of the load for you!