Most people associate Venice with canals and gondolas but did you know that it is one of Avis’ busiest locations in Europe? The question that springs to mind is why do you need a car when there aren’t any roads? Well, Venice Marco Polo airport is a great base for exploring the north of Italy, including the regions of Veneto and Lombardy and cities such as Bologna, Padua and Milan, as well as Venice itself. Marco Polo airport has one terminal and the Avis desk is conveniently located Read More >>
Business travel blog posts
Despite growing red tape for British business, few could argue with the intentions of the Duty of Care legislation, although I do sympathise that this can create anxiety and confusion for businesses who are unsure about how to fulfil their obligations. I am talking about this on our blog because the legislation means that any vehicle being driven by an employee in a business capacity is considered a place of work and is therefore subject to Duty of Care. However, if the vehicle is a hire car it Read More >>
I’ve just been to Scotland, visiting the Avis office at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland’s fastest growing airport serving over 8.4 million passengers a year! Situated just 7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, the airport is within easy reach of Glasgow and our staff reckon it’s a perfect gateway to the Highlands and the Borders. Here’s some information to help you with your rental when you’re there. The Avis office at Edinburgh is based in the terminal building and is open from 7a Read More >>
Rob and I have been debating which of Avis’s Prestige cars we’d most like to ‘borrow’ (with a few suggestions from other people in the office too!). He’s gone for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. My personal favourite is the Jaguar XK Cabriolet. With cars like the Audi TT Coupe, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes SLK 200, the Prestige range is designed for those special occasions, important business engagements, or if you just want a little luxury! A full list of the models available is on the Read More >>
Here’s a tip for you… When you’re hiring from an airport it’s important to tell us your flight number when you book by phone, or put it in online if you’re booking on the Internet. It means that (a) if your flight is delayed we know that you’ll be late and will wait for you, even after closing time, and (b) at certain locations with different terminals (like Manchester) we know which side of the airport to have your car waiting. Another tip for air travellers is to type in your f Read More >>
As a company we are really keen on innovation (like starting this blog!) and introducing products and services that our customers will find useful. Our colleagues in the US have been doing some exciting stuff recently so I thought I would share some of their latest additions with you. They’re great – especially if you are into car and mobile technology, which I am! Autonet Mobile Service wifi hotspot Coming soon to selected US locations… This unit gives you a wireless internet connection w Read More >>
I just came across this article about Avis on AutoblogGreen, which has posts about greener driving and new car technology. It discusses some research and cost comparisons we commissioned recently on how people can reduce their driving expenses – and carbon emissions – by downsizing the car they own, or using public transport instead, and then renting when they need a larger car, such as for holidays or weekend breaks. The research shows some pretty hefty savings! It makes sense, when you thi Read More >>
Last week we were getting ready for the change in London’s Congestion Charge zone – sending out multi-language leaflets to our offices, replacing outdated information on the desks and displays, and requesting new posters. From Monday 19 February, the zone was extended westwards to include Kensington, Notting Hill, Chelsea and Pimlico, although the time for which it’s in force (now 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) was reduced by half an hour. Click on the thumbnail image to the left to see a m Read More >>
I’ve had many conversations with customers over the past couple of months about things that I take for granted because I work in car rental. Like how much it costs to refuel a car, and how to find a petrol station near where you’re returning your vehicle. It made me think that all this is something that’s easy when you know what to do, but how do you know what you need to know? Here are my top four tips. 1. Fuel options I’d recommend Fuel Up Front if you think you’ll be using most of Read More >>
We know from some of the research we’ve done that the choice of cars Avis offers is important to you. I like to personally try out as many of the new cars on our fleet as possible, and I have to say I was seriously impressed by the new Peugeot 207 when I took it on the road (I drive a 407 myself, and have also owned a 104 and 205). A lot of you liked it too, according to feedback that we and Peugeot have been collecting for the past six months. Last year we decided to do something we haven’t Read More >>
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