Virgin America, the California-based airline, announced this week that it has partnered with Silvercar, an automated car rental company that provides one model, the Audi A4. Virgin America's Elevate frequent flier members will receive 2,500 points on their first and fourth Silvercar rentals as well as four points for every $1 spent with Silvercar.
Using Virgin America's Wi-Fi, travelers can now reserve a Silvercar via the Silvercar app or at Silvercar.com. Then upon arrival at the airport, they simply scan a QR code on the windshield to unlock the Silvercar vehicle and drive to their final destination.
"Our discerning travelers expect access to the latest conveniences to fit their busy lifestyles," said Luanne Calvert, vice president of marketing communications at Virgin America. "Our new partnership with Silvercar allows us to provide our guests with a more high-tech, high-style and connected travel experience whether they're on the ground or 35,000 feet in the air."
Silvercar operates a rental fleet comprised of only 2013 Audis A4s. All rentals include free in-car Wi-Fi, Sirius XM satellite radio and Bluetooth. Upon return of the Silvercar, travelers receive the receipt on their smartphone before even boarding their flight.
"We have a great affinity for Virgin America as they offer a tech-friendly experience for travelers that goes above and beyond the norm," said Luke Schneider, CEO of Silvercar. "Silvercar was created to make car rental and travel not only easier, but an enjoyable experience. Virgin America does the same for air travel."