Hertz is hoping Firefly will let it get back into the leisure car rental game by reversing its perception as a brand solely for business travelers. Look for Firefly in Denver; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Chicago; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Francisco and Los Angeles by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, there’s a startup taking on Hertz, Avis and Enterprise — the three giants of the car rental industry — with a new business model that should delight travelers.
When people go to the airport to fly out of town, they pay big bucks to park a car that sits unused while the owner is traveling. Why not offer other inbound travelers the opportunity to rent the car and make money on it when the owner is away — instead of having to pay to park the thing?
Enter FlightCar.com, which launched at San Francisco International Airport with a customer base of 1,400. They’ve orchestrated 1,500 rentals to date, according to ABC News. Airports and rental companies are furious. So is the city of San Francisco, because cities get a cut of exorbitant rental rates from the incumbent players at airports.
FlightCar is also at Boston’s Logan International Airport, and they’re looking at a third off-site airport location elsewhere soon.