Avis and TripIt Team Up to Supercharge Car Rental Reservations
Company becomes first car rental provider to offer personalized reservations using TripIt’s open technology platform
PARSIPPANY, N.J., October 4, 2011 – Avis Rent A Car has joined forces with TripIt, the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), to offer millions of travelers a fast, easy and more personalized way to add a rental car to their trips.
TripIt gives travelers peace of mind by organizing trip plans in one place. Now, anyone who connects their Avis and TripIt accounts can access their trip itineraries and make an Avis reservation in just a few simple clicks. The new Avis service extracts trip details such as flight and hotel reservations from TripIt itineraries and populates the corresponding fields on Avis.com, so there’s less work required by the traveler.
“The vast majority of people typically make airline and hotel reservations first, before they reserve a rental car,” said Tom Gartland, president, North America, for Avis Budget Group, parent company of Avis. “This partnership will help travelers who have completed their air and hotel arrangements and provide them with an even faster way to add an Avis rental to their trip. TripIt members will benefit from not having to remember travel dates, times or flight information, and having their rental car arrangements directly connected with their other travel plans.”
The Avis service for TripIt members builds upon Avis’s commitment to offer renters time-saving amenities, an example of how we are “in the business of treating people like people.” In 2007, the Company unveiled the industry’s first online booking tool for Internet-enabled portable devices through an optimized version of Avis.com designed for mobile phones. Avis has also led the industry with innovations such as the introduction of the first portable navigation device and electronic toll collection solutions.
“We are thrilled to work with Avis, a premium brand and a technology innovator in the car rental industry to build a truly personalized experience for travelers,” said Gregg Brockway, general manager and executive vice president of Concur’s TripIt business unit. “Travelers will love how fast and easy it is to reserve an Avis vehicle and have all their trip plans in one place. Plus, the partnership brings to life the vision we’ve had for TripIt’s technology since the very beginning: to streamline the travel process and make life easier for travelers.
To learn more about the Avis and TripIt partnership and to enter the “Supercharge your Itinerary” sweepstakes, visit http://www.tripit.com/promotions/avissweepstakes.
TripIt®, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur®, makes it easy for millions of travelers to organize and share their trips. Simply forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to email@example.com and TripIt “automagically” creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travelers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and more; tracks all frequent traveler points in one place; and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds. TripIt for Business is an easier way for companies to organize office travel; keep track of who’s traveling when and where, and whether travel dollars are being spent wisely. For more information, please visit www.tripit.com and follow @TripIt at http://twitter.com/tripit.
Concur® is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur’s easy-to-use web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time. Learn more at www.concur.com.
Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,100 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.
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Promotion open only to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 (or the age of majority in entrant's state of residence). Promotion starts 12:01 AM PT on October 3, 2011 and ends 11:59 PM PT on November 27, 2011. Winner will be selected by random drawing on December 6, 2011 and notified by phone and/or e-mail by December 17, 2011. Prize: (1 winner): one 14 day Avis car rental (luxury, passenger van, or convertible) (approx. retail value: $2876 and one 12-month subscription to online TripIt Pro (approx. retail value: $49). Combined approx. retail value of all prizes: $9,054. To enter, follow the directions in Section 7 of the Official Rules at www.tripit.com/promotions/rules_avissweepstakes ("Rules") to enter online (via www.tripit.com/promotions/avissweepstakes) or by mail. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Promotion subject to Rules, see Rules at www.tripit.com/promotions/rules_avissweepstakes for full details. Sponsor: Concur Technologies, Inc., 500 Treat Ave., Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94110.
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