Today I thought I’d bring a bit of fun to the blog (and put a change to all of the talk about car hire tips and website maintenance)! Yesterday we launched our ‘VIP Challenge’ – an online game that tests your motor racing knowledge for the chance to win a cool prize of 2 VIP tickets to the 2008 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone, complete with luxury hotel accommodation and a Mercedes C-Class to get you there. Perhaps just as cool is the runner-up prize Read More >>
Announcement blog posts
Lists seem to be a big thing at the moment. Following on from my blog post about Tripadvisor’s top 100 destinations to visit in 2008, the Sunday Times travel mag has published an interesting list that answers what they believe to be the top 50 most asked travel questions. Ever wondered whether your new, clean shaven look is going to compromise your travels when you present your heavily bearded passport photo? Or perhaps you simply want to know what the duty-free allowances are? For the an Read More >>
If you have tried to make a booking on our avis.co.uk website over the past couple of days then you may have struggled to complete that booking as we have had problems with the availability of the site. I apologise for any frustration this has caused. The issue has been resolved but we still need to perform some essential maintenance. For this reason the website will be unavailable to take bookings for the following dates and times: - Monday 2nd June between 4am-6am (UK time) - Wednesday 4th Jun Read More >>
I’ve just received an e-mail from Trip Advisor with their 2008 Travellers Choice Destination Awards attached. This lists the top 100 places to visit in 2008 as voted for by the people who have visited the Trip Advisor site. Counting through the results, I’m slightly disappointed to find out that I’ve only been to 17 out of the top 100!! This just makes me think that I should travel a bit more. However, I’m still one ahead of Rob who has only visited 16 destinations on the Read More >>
Just a quick note to let you know that we are currently trialling the Smart Fortwo at our location in Mayfair, London. The Smart Fortwo is a flexible and economical city car running at around 60 mpg (combined use of city and motorway driving) with a CO2 output of 112 g/km. We are trialling the Smart car for the month of May only so get in quick if you want to give it a try. And, as always, any feedback on the Smart car and whether we should be making this a longer term fixture on our London fle Read More >>
Firstly, I just want to say thank you for all the great feedback that was provided about the Select Series on the blog. We have spent the last few months deliberating based on your feedback, last year’s performance and what the manufacturers have available to us to help decide how the Select Series will look for the rest of the year. I am now pleased to say that we are in position to announce this. This year the choice of Select Series will be simplified. Also, as before, availability of S Read More >>
Acknowledging achievement is quickly becoming a theme on the blog as today I would like to recognise my Marketing colleague and past flat mate Chris Wickson (pictured far right in the photo), who, along with three of his friends from university (pictured with Chris), was a finalist at the inaugural HSBC Unipreneur of the Year. The award has been set-up to recognise those students and graduates who represent the UK’s newest and brightest breed of budding entrepreneurs rewarding the overall Read More >>
I met with our PR agency the other day and in our meeting they handed me a photocopy of a newspaper article from the Newcastle based Sunday Sun, which they suggested I should feature on the blog. Intrigued I quickly cast my eye over it. The first paragraph introduced an Anthony Smith, a fleet manager from Whickham, Gateshead who had been shortlisted for the Tomy “Daddy Idol” award, based “on his looks” and “what makes him a good dad”. After doing double take o Read More >>
I have just read that the number of reviews on Tripadvisor has grown from 10 million to 15 million in the past 9 months alone. With the site attracting more than 25 million unique visitors last year, it would suggest that Tripadvisor is becoming increasingly more influential in how we all research our travel plans. Personally, I’ve always been excited about the impact all of these review sites, social networks and blogs are having. No longer do we have to base our flight, hotel or car hir Read More >>
Our counterparts in the US recently launched a new TV advertising campaign. The ads tell the sad story of how cheated your private car feels when you rent a car with Avis. There are four ads in total, all of them quite amusing, and I have posted my favourite below. Let me know what you think… VN:F [1.9.8_1114]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast) Read More >>
- We will be moderating comments - in particular so we can block any spam or advertising links so there may be a delay in your comment going live. We'll also filter out anything that's confidential, inappropriate, abusive, defamatory or profane, but we do promise not to cut something just because it's not favourable to Avis.
- We ask that if your feedback is on a past rental you include your reservation details which will be removed from the live post. If your comment is a customer service issue you can email them directly at:firstname.lastname@example.org .