AVIS to Offer Free Blackberrys


AVIS is offering their consumers a free Blackberry 6710 ($99 Value) with the purchase of a 1-year service agreement with every rental from January 1st to March 31st. In addition consumers will receive a $85 rebate towards the activation fee and monthly charges.

Press Release:

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ — In 2004, more than 2.44 million people interested in starting or expanding a business consulted with the U.S. Small Business Administration about technical assistance. Now, Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. is offering state-of-the-art technical assistance of its own kind to business people on the move — a free BlackBerry® (a $99 value) with the purchase of a one-year service agreement. For any rentals completed from January 1 through March 31, 2005, small business customers can receive one BlackBerry device per completed rental, up to a total of five devices.


Customers will receive a BlackBerry 6710(TM), the first BlackBerry wireless handheld to offer an integrated speaker and microphone. In addition to the free device, customers will receive an $85 mail-in rebate towards the required activation and first year of service charges.

“Small businesses are often looking for ways to save money and minimize their office expenditures,” says Scott Deaver, executive vice president of marketing for Cendant Car Rental Group, the parent company of Avis. “We are happy to provide these business travelers, such as members of the Avis Corporate Awards® program, with a tool to help them at work in addition to the great rental experience we provide when they travel.” The Avis Corporate Awards program is designed to serve the car rental needs of small businesses. Enrollment is free and companies enjoy the following benefits:

* Low corporate rates with unlimited mileage and a low rate guarantee. If
a lower rate is available at time of reservation Avis will discount the
daily rate by 5% or a minimum of 10% off the weekly and weekend rates.
* Free Rental Days. Member companies earn a free rental day for every 15
qualifying rental days booked under their Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD)
* Complimentary Avis Preferred(R) Service. Travelers can experience
faster reservations, special amenities and no paperwork or long lines.

The BlackBerry offer is valid on rentals completed from January 1, 2005 through March 31, 2005 for residents of the United States. Customers must visit http://www.avis.com/blackberry and provide a rental agreement number from their rental receipt as proof of a completed rental. The device will be shipped upon signing a 12-month service contract with a service provider. Supplies are limited. Additional information, including complete terms and conditions, are available at http://www.avis.com/blackberry.

To enroll in the Avis Corporate Awards® program, visit http://www.avis.com/smallbiz.

About Avis

Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate the world’s second largest general-use car rental brand, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at nearly 1,900 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region. Avis is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty, ranking as the number one car rental company in the 2004 Brand Keys® Customer Loyalty Index. The company is part of Cendant Car Rental Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD – News), a diversified global provider of business and consumer services primarily within the real estate and travel sectors. For more information visit http://www.avis.com or http://www.cendant.com/media.