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Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 23, 2015

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | December 23, 2015

Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 23, 2015

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Customers Should Avoid Expensive Car Rental Extras
Car rental companies constantly try to sell customers on additional coverage and amenities, but a recent report from The Dallas Morning News suggests travelers should avoid the “upsell” at the counter.

National Car Rental Adding New Models for Emerald Club
To usher in the New Year, National Car Rental has announced it will add over a dozen new and redesigned 2016 vehicle models to its locations nationwide. The new rides will be exclusively available for Emerald Club members who use the Emerald Aisle through January 2016.

Lyft and Shell Team Up for Discounted Fuel for Drivers
In a new partnership with Shell Oil Company, Lyft has announced that its drivers in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston who enroll in the Fuel Rewards program will be part of a discount program meant to save drivers money on fuel. If successful, it could be implemented nationwide.

Uber Providing New Year’s Eve Tips and Advice
Are you going out for New Year’s Eve? Thanks to Uber, people now have a list of tips and advice on how the get around safely during the holiday at an affordable price. Remember, NEVER drink and drive.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car has released its third quarter rental data from 2015, and the results show that the national average length of replacement rental (LOR) rose slightly.

Amtrak announced that it has once again brought back the “Amtrak Residency” program, which would be looking for writers with an interest in trains and cross-country travel.

Ride-sharing service Lyft has given its app a facelift, and it’s worth checking out.

The National Safety Council is advising people to drive cautiously after it announced that the three-day Christmas holiday period could be deadliest on roads since 2009.


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