Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 07, 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 FlightCar Monthly at the Los Angeles airport (LAX). Whether it’s the cost of auto insurance, fluctuating gas prices, high parking fees or expensive tickets, owning a car in cities like Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco is expensive. FlightCar’s new monthly program alleviates this burden by offering car owners up to $300 per month and free parking for simply renting out their unused car to trusted pre-screened travelers. The new LAX car sharing monthly service builds on the success of monthly programs at SFO and BOS and offers free monthly parking and a cash payout in exchange for members making their car available for rent to approved traveling members for at least 30 days.
“Many people are making car payments and just letting their cars sit, or even paying $200-350 per month for long term parking,” said Rujul Zaparde, FlightCar CEO and founder. “We’ve seen our Boston and San Francisco monthly customers completely eliminate their parking expenses and even offset some of, if not all, of their car payments for the month they let us rent out their car. With the expense of owning a car in LA, especially a secondary vehicle not in use, we think Angelenos will love the opportunity to reap the benefits of participating in the sharing economy.”
The launch of the new Los Angeles monthly program, which is also available in San Francisco and Boston, comes on the heels of FlightCar reaching more than 15,000 members in its first year and is designed to help meet the growing demand for the company’s transformative approach to offering inexpensive car rentals and free airport parking to sharing economy enthusiasts. William C., a FlightCar car sharer who lists his car for rent to FlightCar’s members traveling into the Boston Logan International Airport found benefits of listing a car with FlightCar, “I felt safer having my car rented then having it sit in a lot somewhere. I will suggest this service to all my friends from now on.”
Meeting The Growing Demand of the Sharing Economy
FlightCar is leading the disruption of the traditional car rental market with a new approach that lets people park for free near the airport and rent out their car to pre-screened travelers who are offered the lowest car rental rates, the fastest service and free GPS, car seats and free liability insurance up to $1 million. 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, it’s easy for car sharers to earn up to .50 cents per driven mile paid by FlightCar. The company also recently announced a service for business travelers who frequently expense their parking to allow them to get a higher mileage reimbursement from FlightCar when their car is rented out to approved travelers. FlightCar's rates vary depending on the year and model.
With its car sharing options for business and leisure travelers, and those trying to offset the cost of owning a car, FlightCar’s new car sharing approach helps 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. In addition to the benefits to the person sharing their car, people renting cars from FlightCar also benefit. Since FlightCar doesn’t have to bear the cost of inventory, total rental costs are typically 70 percent less than those of the major rental chains and FlightCar has more flexibility to focus on delivering a superior customer experience and technology innovation. For example, both owners and renters can call 1-866-FLIGHTCAR or use FlightCar’s mobile web application for quick curbside drop offs and pick ups in a complimentary towncar right at the terminal where the average turnaround time is only seven minutes. So there are no long lines, crowded shuttles or other challenges of traditional car rental companies.
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FlightCar is the world’s first peer-to-peer car sharing company to operate at airports. FlightCar’s trusted service helps people rent their car to other pre-screened 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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