We are answering the demand and giving frequent business travelers who treat their parking as a business expense an opportunity to turn their unused vehicle parked at the airport into personal revenue generator.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2014
FlightCar (http://www.flightcar.com), the world’s first peer-to-peer car sharing company to operate at airports, announced today the launch of a new Business Traveler service. Available immediately, FlightCar’s Business Traveler service offers a new option for business travelers who typically expense their parking to pay just $15 per day for airport parking, while also earning up to .50 cents per driven mile when their car is rented. This builds on FlightCar’s success in offering travelers a free airport parking option near BOS, SFO and LAX with an opportunity to earn up to .20 cents a mile when they rent their vehicles out to other travelers.
“While many of our car sharing customers love the option of free airport parking, we’ve had a lot of requests from members who are business travelers for an additional option to get cheap parking rates, yet a higher mileage reimbursement,” said Rujul Zaparde, FlightCar CEO and founder. “So, we are answering the demand and giving frequent business travelers who treat their parking as a business expense an opportunity to turn their unused vehicle parked at the airport into personal revenue generator.”
FlightCar introduced its car sharing service last February and now has over 13,000 members, nearly half of which have parked at their lots across San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles. LA is their newest and fastest growing market, launched in November 2013. “Our repeat rates are very high, and we have a very engaged member base that’s not at all shy in providing us feedback,” said Rujul.
Business Travelers Get A Piece of Sharing Economy
Helping business travelers use their car and travel schedule to participate in the sharing economy, which Forbes estimates put $3.5 billion directly into people’s wallets in 2013, the service targets business travelers who traditionally expense their parking and leave their vehicle parked unused at Boston Logan Airport (BOS), San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles Airport (LAX).
Frequent business travelers like John M., who has parked with FlightCar five times during trips out of Boston Logan International Airport have already started fully embracing the new car sharing approach, “I travel quite a bit for work, which means my car sits at the parking lot unused like everyone else. Instead of just sitting there, I figure why not make extra some money and try FlightCar. I was a little weary about a total stranger driving my car for a couple days, but the cleaning crew made it look like my car was just sitting in the parking lot all weekend and FlightCar's insurance policy protected me on all fronts. It was very easy to drop off and pick up my car, especially compared to traditional car rental outfits. Overall great concept and great experience.”
FlightCar’s growth has been driven by letting people park for free near the airport and renting out their car to approved travelers who are offered the lowest car rental rates, the fastest service and free GPS, car seats and liability insurance up to $1 million. FlightCar also drops off and picks up both car sharers and renters in a towncar for free right at the terminal. Free parking and a car wash are offered even when a car sharers vehicle isn't rented. With FlightCar’s users averaging around 60 miles per day, the new Business Traveler service makes it easy for frequent travelers to earn an average of over $120 a week at the .50 cents per driven mile rate on a five-day trip. FlightCar's rates vary depending on the year and model. Today, the service is available at Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles airports and will soon expand to other cities.
“It was so easy flying into SFO and having FlightCar pick us up curbside with an upscale rental car that we only paid $20 per day to use,” said John Lusk, founder of Rivet & Sway, a designer of eyeglasses for women who used FlightCar during his frequent travels from Seattle to San Francisco. “As a startup, saving money and time is so important. We were out of the airport in 10 minutes and I helped the person who shared their car with us make a little extra money. FlightCar is a win/win all the way around for car sharers and renters.”
FlightCar is the world’s first peer-to-peer car sharing company to operate at airports. FlightCar’s service helps people rent their car to other travelers and make extra cash instead of leaving their car unused at the airport. Backed by influential investors such as Ashton Kutcher, Alexis Ohanian, and Ryan Seacrest, the company is headstrong on pioneering the sharing economy. So far FlightCar has expanded to SFO, BOS, and LAX, with plenty of other airports in its sights. FlightCar’s founders are recent Harvard, Princeton, and MIT dropouts. Follow FlightCar on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.
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