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Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Week of April 18, 2016

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | April 19, 2016

Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Week of April 18, 2016

Enterprise Improves Travel Agent Experience with Cash-In Club Restructure
Enterprise Holdings Inc. has announced the restructure of its “Cash-In Club” loyalty rewards program, with the intent of giving travel agents a better user experience and new opportunities to earn incentives. The improvements include a rebranded website with easier mobile access and new reward opportunities.

Amtrak Expands Partnership with National Park Service
Amtrak has announced an expansion to the partnership with the United States Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. The partnership will yield an expansion of the popular Trails & Rails program, which connects fans to the national park system.

Enterprise Announces Expansion into Gulf Region
Enterprise Holdings Inc. announced the expansion of the company’s brands into the Gulf Region, including 29 joint National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car branches in United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan, as well as two Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in Saudi Arabia.

Lyft Teams Up with Southwest Airlines Reward Program
As part of a new partnership between the two companies, ride-hailing company Lyft has teamed up with Southwest Airlines to offer a promotion to the airline’s Rapid Rewards program members worth 1,100 points for their first Lyft ride.


In Germany, a train company—Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn—has developed special compartments exclusively for women, which have been designed for those traveling alone.

Zipcar has introduced a new fleet management service called “Local Motion by Zipcar,” a vehicle hardware and software platform that allows operators of large fleets to share vehicles with ease, increase utilization and streamline operations.

Over the last week, ride-hailing services Uber and Ola had over 30 cars seized in Bangalore, India, by authorities after the drivers were allegedly overcharging customers.

Ride-hailing service Uber has also released its first Transparency Report, which shows the scope of information the company provided to U.S. law enforcement agencies and regulators in the second half of 2015.


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