Dollar Thrifty Earnings to Exceed Early Estimates

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. announced it expects to exceed early earnings estimates of 54 cents per share for the second quarter. "Throughout the second quarter, we hav...

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Columbus Passes $4-Per-Day Car Rental Tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus City Council on June 24 approved a $4-a-day car rental tax that the council expects to generate $6 million to $10 million for the city's general fund. Exempt from ...

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Payless Offers Online Coupon for Upgrades

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- To generate more online business, Payless Car Rental is offering an online coupon that can be redeemed for a free upgrade as well as $10 off any upgrade. As a result, the...

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Enterprise Opens Location at Outagamie Airport

GREENVILLE, Wis. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car on June 19 celebrated the grand opening of its new location at the Outagamie County Regional Airport in Greenville, Wis. Enterprise takes over a spot pr...

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RADIUS Honors Budget With Supplier Award

WESTMINSTER, Col. -- Travel management company RADIUS has given Budget Rent a Car Corp. the company's Global Preferred Supplier of the Year Award.Radius annually gives the award to the supplier ...

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Cendant Reportedly in Talks to Acquire Budget

NEW YORK -- The Wall Street Journal reported today that Cendant Corp., which owns Avis, is in negotiations to acquire Budget Group. The newspaper said that, according to "people familiar with th...

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Avis Offers Deal for Vacationing Families

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System is offering a special "Family Drive Package" this summer that includes free upgrades. Customers who book weekend or weekly rentals, including a Saturda...

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Thrifty Opens Location in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Thrifty Car Rental has opened a new local-market operation in Memphis. The new facility's fleet includes compact models, full-size vehicles, minivans, SUVs and specialty vehicl...

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Enterprise Promotes Snyder to Senior V.P. and CFO

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car's executive vice president and chief financial officer, John O'Connell, is leaving his position to become executive vice president of the Centric Group. T...

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Avis Launches Florida Shopping Spree Promo

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis has partnered with Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Fla., one of the country's top five malls, to offer a special promotion for travelers from several Latin American and Carib...

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Sabre and Yahoo Announce Multi-Year Strategic Alliance

SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Sabre Holdings Corp. and Yahoo Inc. announced that Yahoo, Sabre and its wholly owned subsidiary, Travelocity, have entered into a strategic alliance.The new agreement include...

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Travelocity Study Predicts Heavy Summer Travel

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A new poll from Travelocity concludes that 90% of those surveyed plan to take an out-of-town summer vacation this year, a 9% increase from 2001. Of those traveling, more tha...

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Enterprise Finishes First in J.D. Power & Associates Study

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Amid a tumultuous year for rental car companies, Enterprise Rent-A-Car finds competitive pricing to be key in satisfying customers, according to the J.D. Power and As...

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Payless to Continue All Agency Commissions

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bucking the industry trend, Payless Car Rental announced this week that it will continue to pay travel agency commissions on corporate and government accounts with individ...

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Thrifty Redesigns Web Site, Relaunches Contest

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Car Rental recently celebrated the redesign of its Web site (www.thrifty.com) by offering 92 weeks of free rentals. The response to the original sweepstakes that ended Ma...

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Study Finds 19% of Customers Always Buy CDWs

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio –- In a new survey of rental car customers, 19% said they always buy collision damage waivers at the counter, and another 19% said they sometimes buy them.Conducted by the...

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Court Rejects Efforts to Block ANC Consolidation

WILMINGTON, Del. -- ANC Rental Corp. won a key bankruptcy court ruling May 22, when a judge rejected attempts by Hertz and Avis to block their competitor from combining its Alamo and National op...

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Rental Facility Financing at Issue in Rhode Island

WARWICK, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Airport Corp., which operates T.F. Green Airport here, has scheduled a meeting with local car rental companies for May 22 to discuss plans for a $168 million co...

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Online Bookings Expected to Total >$7 Billion by 2007

NEW YORK -- According to a study by Jupiter Media Metrix, online car rental bookings are expected to grow from $2 billion in 2001 to more than $7 billion in 2007, representing 24% of all car ren...

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Alamo Launches Prepaid Program

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Alamo, the leisure-focused brand of ANC Rental Corp., has launched a new U.S. prepaid program for leisure travelers. Alamo is offering 10% commission to all travel agent...

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