|Parsippany, NJ Jun 4, 2007 - Avis Rent A Car System, LLC today announced a new premium service called "Avis Chauffeur Drive" through which Avis customers can rent a car and hire a professional driver at the same time.
Avis Chauffeur Drive is the product of a new alliance between Avis and WeDriveU, Inc. WeDriveU provides fully insured and certified chauffeurs who provide professional driving services to customers using the customer's vehicle. Now, customers enrolled in Avis Preferred or other Avis loyalty programs will be able to rent a WeDriveU chauffeur to operate the Avis vehicle of the customer's choice, adding a new level of convenience and productivity to both business and leisure travel.
"Avis Preferred members can now let a locally-based professional driver worry about traffic, directions, parking and the bags, and the customer can sit back and relax if they're on vacation, or make the most of their business travel time to get their work done," said Michael Caron, vice president of product and program development for Avis Budget Group, parent of Avis. "And using Avis Chauffeur Drive can also cost less than hiring a sedan from a limousine service, so it saves the customer money, too."
Avis Chauffeur Drive costs $30 per hour with a three-hour minimum, plus standard rental car charges. Customers can rent the vehicle and use a WeDriveU chauffeur during the entire rental period or as needed. If a driver is used intermittently during a rental period, the three-hour minimum applies each time. The chauffeur can pick up the Avis rental car for the customer and meet the customer wherever desired, including airline baggage claim or curbside loading zones for airport arrivals, or at a hotel or business meeting location. The driver can also handle the return of the vehicle.
Avis Preferred members can reserve their chauffeur by calling 800-272-5839 at least 24 hours prior to rental pickup time. Customers using Avis Chauffeur Drive will be billed separately for the driver charges by WeDriveU.
Avis Chauffeur Drive service is available in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. for Avis customers enrolled in Avis Preferred, as well as members of the Avis Chairman's Club, Avis First and Avis President's Club programs. The service is available at major airports and within a 60-mile radius of these city centers.
"WeDriveU is popular with busy executives and individuals who place a premium on productivity, convenience and value, and we're delighted to now extend our services to Avis Preferred customers," said Dennis Carlson, president and CEO of WeDriveU. "Whether they're juggling back-to-back business meetings or a non-stop leisure itinerary, customers now have the best of both worlds: the convenience and value of renting from Avis, plus the professionalism and outstanding service from our chauffeurs to make travel more effortless and enjoyable."
For more information or to enroll in Avis Preferred, visit www.avis.com/driver.
About WeDriveU, Inc.
WeDriveU provides fully insured and certified chauffeurs who drive for you in YOUR car. Since 1988, WeDriveU chauffeurs have set the industry benchmark for quality and professionalism throughout the United States by passing a rigorous certification process. WeDriveU has served a range of corporate and individual clients and events, including General Motors R*Works; Fairmont Hotel; U.S. Conference of Mayors; American Hospital Association; Mercedes-Benz of North America; British Consulate; Charles Schwab & Co.; Democratic National Convention; PGA Tour Championship; Argonaut Securities; Princess Cruises; NAACP Image Awards; Republican National Convention; Women's World Cup among others. WeDriveU, "Your Source for Professional Chauffeurs," is headquartered in San Mateo, CA with offices throughout the U.S. Visit www.wedriveu.com or call 800-77DRIVE (800-773-7483).
Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's leading car rental brands, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at more than 2,100 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region. Avis is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, ranking as the number one car rental company in the 2007 Brand Keys« Customer Loyalty Index. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR). For more information, visit www.avis.com.
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