Volotea teams with car rental company

Volotea, considered to be the newest low-cost airline in Europe, has announced that it has teamed up with a European car rental company to provide an enhanced service for its passengers.

The company said that it has entered into a multi-year car rental partnership with CarTrawler. The arrangement means that travellers using the services of the air carrier will benefit from the company’s exclusive arrangement with the care-rental company.

In a statement, the air carrier said that domestic and international passengers travelling to and from nine European countries using Volotea’s services, can receive preferential car-rental facilities from CarTrawler. Customers flying in or out of Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Greece and Portugal can make use of the terrestrial service. The firm said that the arrangement would offer a comprehensive choice of car rental suppliers, rental locations and prices for Volotea customers.

To take advantage of the offer, customers need to book their car rentals at www.volotea.com.

Alfons Claver, Volotea’s institutional relations manager, speaking to traveldailynews.com, said, ‘At Volotea we recognise the importance of delivering our customers the best possible service at the lowest possible price. CarTrawler has an important role to play in helping us to keep our services competitive. They have the scale and expertise required to maximise the revenue potential of car rental for our airline. They understand our passengers’ needs and deliver a product that is tailored to their needs.’

His comments were seconded by Joe Farinella, CarTrawler’s marketing manager, who said, ‘Our latest airline partnership with Europe’s newest low fares airline is recognition of our successful delivery of profitable car rental programs in this market and around the world. It further establishes our position as the number one provider of car rental to Europe’s low cost airlines. We are excited about joining Volotea so soon after their launch and we look forward to playing an active role in growing their car rental business.’

Travellers Advised to Read Car Rental Fine Print

Travellers hiring a car during a vacation are not paying enough attention to the small print, according to online car insurance company, Carhireinsurance.co.uk.

The company has stated that travellers are often ignorant of rules that include paying for replacement costs in case of damage as part of an additional cost, or excess. The excess may range from GBP500 to GBP2000, and is often used to pay for minor damage to the car. It is important for travellers booking car rental to be aware whether they have paid for insurance that also covers the excess.

Ben Simpson, the spokesperson for Car-hire-insurance.co.uk, said, ‘Customers often panic-buy excess insurance policies from the supplier at the pick-up location when they are informed about the potential high costs involved if they damage the vehicle in circumstances not included in their basic policy. This last minute buying means the prices paid at the rental desk aren’t as competitive as buying excess policies online ahead of travelling.

Customers need to be aware that they will be required to leave a deposit to the value of the excess on the hire car when they pick up the vehicle, however, the money customers save as a result of buying an excess insurance policy in advance and the increased cover they get with this policy compared with a rental desk policy makes it a worthwhile product to purchase.

The important point for customers to remember is that if you have already purchased a policy ahead of picking up the vehicle it is not necessary to purchase an additional policy as you will be fully covered for the excess.

We advise all customers hiring a vehicle to shop around for the best possible price for their excess insurance policy prior to going on holiday as this can save you significant amounts of money in both purchasing the policy and in the event that the vehicle is damaged.’


Europcar Announces Communications Campaign for Tour de France 2012

Europcar Groupe SA, a France-based car rental company, will be offering a new communications campaign for the Tour de France 2012 cycling event, starting on June 30, 2012.

The company is accompanying nine riders in Team Europcar and tour organisers, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), for the second year in the tournament, as the official car hire company.

Team Europcar riders have already lodged 22 wins and numerous podium places in the 2011 season, and the company is to provide communication across several media segments for audiences and sports lovers interested in following the tour and receiving instant information about Team Europcar. The communications campaign will be providing coverage of the event in eight countries, through social networks, public relations and commercial offers

Marine Boulot, the communication director for Europcar Group, said, ‘After an exceptional season in our first year as main sponsor, we would like to consolidate the brand’s visibility whilst enabling all our audiences to show their passion and love for Team Europcar. We have developed an ambitious communications programme. Customers, staff, fans, everyone will be able to live Team Europcar’s adventure during the Tour de France to the full.’

As part of its partnership with Tour de France, Europcar is also offering cars for ASO, and pavilions at the Village Depart, while Europcar Belgium is participating with a stand at the pre-Tour in Liege.

Europcar France will be hosting an online contest from June 30 to October 14, 2012, at www.europcar.com, offering its customers the opportunity to win a car rental for a week at €29 per day.

Visitors to UK Advised To Book Car Rentals Early Before 2012 Olympics Commences

With the 2012 Olympic Games less than 100 days away, the UK based car rental comparison website, Carrentals.co.uk, has advised overseas visitors to book their rentals in the UK well in advance.

The company has stated that its website has registered a considerable increase in car rental bookings at important UK destinations around the 2012 Olympics venues and dates.

The website statistics indicate that six times more US visitors have booked their rentals in the UK between July 20 and August 12, 2012, than for the same period last year. Around 40 percent of US visitor rentals are from the Gatwick or Heathrow airports in London, emphasising the importance placed on being in close proximity to the London Games from day one.

The figures also indicate a particular spike in bookings for July 20 to 21, 2012, which is thought to be due to the increasing numbers of visitors to UK for the Games’ opening ceremony, to be held in London, on July 27, 2012. Most car rentals during this period are for 10 to 12 days, which infers that visitors are also intending to include a UK-based vacation before the Games begin.

The company managing director, Gareth Robinson, said, ‘Our figures show a clear increase in car rental bookings around the time of the Olympics and this is likely to increase further as we get closer to the games. The UK really is the place to be this summer with many Americans making the 2012 Olympics their summer holiday.

Train journeys can be expensive and are likely to be very busy during the games – possibly not ideal for families and larger groups. The option of renting a car gives more flexibility, especially when travelling to different events either in London or around the UK. Those booking early can make significant savings while having a wider choice of vehicles and essential extras such as child seats and sat navs.’

Cross-Europe Rent-A-Car Trips: How Should You Plan It?

It’s everyone’s travel dream – driving through Europe’s most scenic and historical countryside. For years the cost has deterred even the most affluent traveller from venturing towards the rental booth, asking for a high-end sedan, and venturing down the highway. But given the rock-bottom prices on offer from many of Europe’s top car rental agencies, is the dream holiday really an impossibility?

Two week vehicle rentals are available throughout the UK for approximately £500 – a cost that is similar to that found in other European countries. While taxes and other expenses can vary, what’s largely thought of as an unattainable expense is really quite financially possible. By using the right combination of savvy bargaining and booking tactics, cars can be hired monthly for under £700.

The first ‘law’ of car rentals is to book using an online comparison service, preferably one that is based within your country of choice. Local companies tend to be affiliated with rental providers within the country, ensuring that you have access to low-cost rentals. Experts tend to recommend independent providers over chains, largely due to their competitive pricing and superior service.

Insurance can be a tricky issue for renters, particularly when multiple countries are involved. It’s best to speak with your insurance provider in advance to ensure that your possessions and rented items will be insured in advance, leaving you free of worry if your rental agreement isn’t ideal. A detailed check of any rental insurance policies is also essential, as many are one-sided and unfair.

With a pristine road network and one of the most stress-free international rental systems, touring through the European Union needn’t be a headache. Although fuel prices have resulted in a large drop in the number of independent travellers touring Europe by road, it remains one of the most interesting and fulfilling ways of seeing the continent’s best cultural sites and historic areas.