Thrifty Car Rental Enhances Features of Web Site

Monday, April 16th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Thrifty Car Rental has launched a revamped web site that offers powerful Internet technology to consumers and travel professionals, making it easier than ever to rent a car online with the company.

The enhancements to include:

  • A time saving 5-step booking process that allows users to view rates at one time for all available car types
  • The ability to select optional equipment such as ski racks, cell phones and child safety seats, among other options
  • Calculation of estimated total charges (including local taxes, surcharges and airport fees)
  • The capability to change or cancel a reservation that was made previously
  • The option to book one-way rentals (where available)
  • E-mail confirmation of the completed transaction
  • Driving directions and printable maps from Mapquest(TM)
  • The ability to view in English or French
  • Personalized service for Blue Chip Express Rental Program(R) members.

Members who provide their Blue Chip account number and password at the time of booking can speed through the process because many of the field selections are automatically populated based on the profile the customer has on file with Thrifty.

"As the technology surrounding the Internet continues to improve and people become more familiar with the technology, it's a prime opportunity for us to offer a streamlined and more powerful," said Brian Carpenter, V.P. of Sales, Marketing and Advertising for Thrifty Car Rental. "Consumers will find the enhancements easy to use and definitely beneficial."

Customers who supply a valid e-mail address will receive a confirmation e-mail, complete with their personalized transaction information. Customers are also prompted to enter their credit card information using the most secure 128-bit encryption technology currently available.

Thrifty Car Rental, with its affiliate Thrifty Car Sales, is a subsidiary of Thrifty, Inc. Thrifty Car Rental is one of the world's largest car rental franchise networks, consisting of more than 1,300 locations in 58 countries around the world. Thrifty Car Sales is a franchised retail used car sales network of nearly 60 dealers, with plans for as many as 300 U.S. locations by 2005. Thrifty, Inc. is a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. and is headquarted in Tulsa.

CONTACT: Chris Payne or Jason Logan, both of Thrifty Car Rental, 918-669-2379.