National Car Rental Joins Budget Rent A Car In’s New Rental Car Program

National Car Rental Joins Budget Rent A Car In’s New Rental Car Program

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 30, 1999–

Now, (Nasdaq: PCLN) has another money-saving surprise for holiday travelers. The Company announced that National Car Rental has joined Budget Rent a Car Corporation in’s rental car program. Beginning tomorrow, the companies are making it possible for travelers who buy their airline tickets through to also reserve a rental car.

National announced its marketing agreement with today. Budget had announced its intentions to join’s rental car service in September.

Starting tomorrow, customers whose purchase offers for airline tickets are accepted by’s participating airlines will receive an e-mail message asking if they’d also like a rental car from one of’s two participating rental car companies. The program includes all types of vehicles, including compacts, mid-size, full-size, vans and sport utility vehicles.

“Our customers have been asking to add a rental car service,” said Daniel H. Schulman, president and COO of “We’re particularly pleased to launch our rental car service during this holiday season when so many of our customers are traveling. Instead of making alternative arrangements for their ground transportation, our customers will now enjoy the convenience of having their own rental cars.”

About National Car Rental System, Inc.

National Car Rental System, Inc., is one of the world’s leading vehicle rental companies with nearly 3,000 locations serving 75 countries worldwide. National Car Rental can be found on the Internet at For more than 50 years, National’s green logo has signified industry-leading service for customers. National has more than 14,000 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ANC Rental Corporation, a holding company with combined revenue of more than $3.5 billion. Currently operated by AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), ANC Rental Corporation will be spun off to AutoNation shareholders as a tax-free share dividend in January 2000.

About Budget Rent a Car Corporation

Budget Rent a Car Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: BD), is one of the world’s top three car and truck rental systems. The Budget system, which operates under the same name worldwide, has more than 2,900 airport and local market locations in over 120 countries and territories.

Budget has nearly 1,000 corporate-owned and franchised locations in the United States. Budget’s WorldClass Fleet is comprised of more than 30% specialty vehicles, ranging from sport utility vehicles, convertibles and luxury cars to minivans, pickups and environmentally friendly vehicles. Budget Rent a Car can be found on the Internet at

About is the patented Internet pricing system that enables consumers to achieve significant savings by naming their own price for goods and services. takes consumer offers and then presents them to sellers who can fill as much of that guaranteed demand as they wish at price points determined by buyers.’s “virtual” business model allows for rapid scaling using the Internet. Because the Company electronically collects consumer demand, it can fill this demand directly with sellers or by using proprietary databases. does not maintain or warehouse inventories in any of its product lines. is currently selling multiple services to its sellers across three distinct product categories: a travel service that offers leisure airline tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars, a personal finance service that offers home mortgages, refinancing and home equity loans, and an automotive service that offers new cars in nine states. Recently, announced that it would also offer a name-your-own-price service for long distance calling. also licensed its business model to a privately owned company, Priceline WebHouse Club, which offers name-your-own-price retail goods, beginning with groceries in the New York metro and greater Philadelphia areas. In return for the WebHouse Club license, has received warrants allowing it to purchase a majority equity stake in the WebHouse Club under certain contingent conditions. Prior to the exercise of this warrant, the results of WebHouse Club operations will not be included in’s financial statements.

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