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Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Week of March 21, 2016

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | March 21, 2016

Car Rental and Rail Pulse: News and Notes for Week of March 21, 2016

Amtrak Student Discount Program Goes into Effect
Effective immediately and only available through, students between the ages of 17-25 will be eligible for savings of 15 percent off the lowest available value fares all year long following the launch of the Amtrak student discount program.

Thrifty Car Rental Announces Expansion into Thailand
Thrifty Car Rental has announced the company’s expansion into the Thailand market, with locations in Bangkok Downtown (Sathorn Road) and Pattaya Downtown (North Pattaya Road), as well as seven additional airport locations planned for 2016.

Enterprise Exotic Car Collection Expands into Switzerland
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has launched its new Exotic Car Collection in Switzerland. The car service will allow locals and travelers to rent high-end, luxury vehicles from the company’s location in Zurich.

UberEATS Allows Customers to Order Food in Select Cities
Ride-hailing service Uber has once again expanded the company’s reach, this time with the UberEATS app, available now on iOS and Android. Customers can order their favorite local restaurants in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.


Starting on April 1, the historic Amtrak Crescent train route (Trains 19 and 20) will begin offering Business Class upgrades from New York to New Orleans, via Washington; Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

European car rental company Sixt has announced an international partnership with Worldhotels that involves the Peakpoints loyalty program. Members of the program can earn 1,000 points every time they rent a car from Sixt.

Rail company Rocky Mountaineer has announced a partnership with Alstom to completely overhaul the fleet of domed SilverLeaf rail cars. The upgraded rail cars will be re-engineered and then once again added to the Rocky Mountaineer fleet.

The Chicago Tribune has shared a story about a woman who was a former Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program member, but became listed on the company’s Do-Not-Rent list due to an accident.


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