Wednesday 18 April 2012

100 days to go, don't forget your Olympic car hire says Carrentals

Just had a very seasonal e-flyer in from Carrentals reminding us all that it is only 100 days till the 2012 London Olympics get going.

They are reminding us now if we need car hire we should book it much sooner rather than later to get the best deals on wheels about.

According to a press release Carrentals have issued today...

Carrentals is urging US visitors travelling to the Olympics to book their car rentals early, avoiding disappointment, as the latest statistics show a significant increase in car rental bookings in key UK locations around the dates of the 2012 Olympics.

The figures from Carrentals.co.uk reveal six times more US customers have already booked car rental in the UK for pick up between 20 July and 12 August this year compared with the same time last year, highlighting the popularity of Americans hiring a car for the London 2012 Olympics. The statistics also show 40% of the customers will pick up their car rental from either Gatwick or Heathrow airports, providing easy access to London for the opening ceremony and events to follow.

Bookings for 20 and 21 July have proved popular, with many customers deciding to join in the excitement for the run-up to the opening ceremony taking place 27 July. Customers have opted to rent their cars for an average 10-12 days for these dates, with 50% of the pick up locations being Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, Gareth Robinson, says: "Our figures show a clear increase in car rental bookings around the time of the Olympics and this is likely to increase further as we get closer to the games. The UK really is the place to be this summer with many Americans making the 2012 Olympics their summer holiday.

"Train journeys can be expensive and are likely to be very busy during the games - possibly not ideal for families and larger groups. The option of renting a car gives more flexibility, especially when travelling to different events either in London or around the UK. Those booking early can make significant savings while having a wider choice of vehicles and essential extras such as child seats and sat navs."

Carrentals.co.uk is a leading car rental comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

Looks like you had better book today....

Go to the Carrrentals web site by following this link

Monday 9 April 2012

£39.20 Insurance4carhire insurance policies selling very well in April via insurance4carrental.com site

The Easter weekend has just ended and many people buying car hire excess insurance have benefited from the discounted Europe Car Hire Excess insurance that costs £49.00, but is discounted to £39.20 through a link at the insurance4carrental.com site.The product comes from insurance4carhire.

In April 2011 there were some 13 sales, this April, 2012 there have been 14 so far till the 9th April. In March 36 customers benefited from the reduced price.

If you are thinking of hiring a car remember you can also buy this product in advance. So for example if you are renting in June, buy your excess insurance today.

For more information follow this link

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Holiday Autos a Travel Essential for New Orleans

The Independent on Sunday on the 1st April 2012 ran a story "New Orleans: Where every building tells a story - The French Quarter of the city was moulded by its history of piracy, slavery, royalty – and ghosts"

A very interesting article by The Independent on Sunday's correspondent Adrian Mourby. It was reporting on the fact that French Quarter Festival starts on the 12th April features some 800 local musicians and is a little bit less lively than Mardi Gras that happened earlier in the year.

Apprarently you don't want to visit it there in mid summer as the temperatures are very hot. I spent a week there last May, towards the end of the month. The temperature was perefect and staying in the Hotel Chateau Bourbon in the French Quarter was excellent. If you do stay there try and book  courtyard room as the ones facing out towards Bourbon Street can be noisy. The hotel has an outside swimming pool (and according to the website is currently closed till the 15th May).

Under Travel essentials in the article, they were suggesting Holiday Autos. Apparently they offer a week's car hire from £216. You need to check their website HERE.

You won't need a car for just wandering around central New Orleans listening to Jazz being played in bars, clubs and out in the street. Everything is very compact, however if you want to go further out of the area (past the Streetcar routes) you can go exploring the Plantations and even the Swamps in Louisiana.

Do make sure you take plenty of sun protection cream as many of the boats on the tours have no roof or shade.

Finally a trip to New Orleans has to include a trip on the Mississippi River in a traditional paddle steamer.

Talking of the Mighty Mississippi River a new ITV 3 part documentary series with Sir Trevor McDonald starts next Tuesday April 10th on ITV1.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

The Times newspaper said Buy before you Fly

iCarhireinsurance.com the Car Hire Excess Insurance and Van Hire Excess Insurance company reported yesterday that "The Times" newspaper in the UK published iCarhireinsurance.com research this weekend (31 March 2012) in an article advising consumers on the best ways to avoid ‘expensive holiday pitfalls’.

In a section on Car Hire Traps, it said: “Times Money is constantly inundated with complaints about hire companies and the extra charges levied to catch out tired holidaymakers collecting their cars after a long flight”.

Exactly we couldn’t have said it better the iCarhireinsurance blog said. And the worst culprit? “The most expensive is excess insurance,” said Laura Whateley, money reporter for The Times. “This is useful for peace of mind, but is expensive when bought directly from car hire companies.”

And the paper’s top tip? “Consider buying it in advance from a third party instead. According to a survey by iCarhireinsurance.com…the five leading car hire companies charge an average of £17 a day for excess waiver insurance, and some as much as £23. “Independent insurance, on the other hand, can cost just a few pounds a day, or about £30 - £40 annually”.iCarhireinsurance are doing well with coverage in the News International group in the UK in the past few weeks. On the 16th March they were mentioned in The Sun.

Want to find out more about iCarhireinsurance's products? Of course you must with Easter just a few days away and you could be hiring a car or van. Follow this link