Going The Extra Mile

Travel Services

Best Car Rental Service: Thrifty Rent-A-Car System

It's hard to beat the deal Thrifty offers budget-minded business travelers--its rates are almost always lower than those of larger car rental agencies, it has tons of airport locations, and it offers new Chrysler cars. Since 1995, Thrifty and Western Pacific Airlines (see page 123) have had an alliance that includes special car rental rates and parking discounts for WestPac customers.

Thrifty has more than 1,100 locations worldwide at both airport and nonairport sites. The company has also capitalized on the parking squeeze at most major airports by opening its car rental lots to airport parking.

Visit Thrifty's Web site at (http://www.thrifty.com), or for reservations, call (800) FOR-CARS.

Best Business Travel Web Site: TheTrip.com

There are a lot of travel-oriented Web sites out there, but there's only one that caters exclusively to the independent business traveler. Find it at (http://www.thetrip.com). Backed by telecommunications firm US West, this site helps you plan trips, make reservations, get airline tickets, and obtain news and information to make your business trips more productive and less expensive.

Realizing that many travelers must stay over Saturday nights to get cheap air fares, the site offers news and advice that will make you want to stay over--not just to save money but to have a great time.

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This article was originally published in the June 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Going The Extra Mile.

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