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New car-sharing company opens in Boston

Posted by Paul Kandarian  February 11, 2014 09:57 AM

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FlightCar, said to be the world’s first peer-to-peer car-sharing company to run at airports, launched a new business-traveler service, which began in Boston Feb. 4. The new option gives business travelers who typically expense their parking to pay $15 a day for airport parking, while earning up to 50 cents per mile when their car is rented. Company officials said this builds on the success of offering travelers a free airport parking option near Logan International and in San Francisco and Los Angeles that pays 20 cents a mile.

“While many of our car-sharing customers love the option of free airport parking, we’ve had a lot of requests from members who are business travelers for an additional option to get cheap parking rates yet a higher mileage reimbursement,” said Rujul Zaparde, FlightCar CEO and founder. “We’re answering the demand and giving frequent business travelers who treat their parking as a business expense an opportunity to turn their unused vehicle parked at the airport into a personal revenue generator.”

FlightCar introduced its car-sharing service a year ago and now has more than 13,000 members, nearly half of which have parked at lots in the three cities it services.  FlightCar also offers free GPS, car seats and liability insurance up to $1 million. The service drops off and picks up car sharers and renters free of charge at terminals. Free parking and a car wash are offered even when a car sharer’s vehicle isn’t rented. Officials said with users averaging around 60 miles a day, the business traveler service can make frequent travelers who use it about $120 a week.

For full info, visit www.flightcar.com

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