Harry Spotter – Have A Go At Our Spot The Difference Comp

Hi all,

Its almost the weekend… so how about a little bit of fun (I use this word loosely). Are you good a spotting things? Do you like Harry Potter?

If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions why not check out our exclusive Harry Spotter game.

Following the link here - http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/spot-the-difference-harry-potter.aspx

Can you spot all ten differences between these two pictures? If you can, why not email me them at jamest@usrentacar.co.uk and I’ll send you out a small prize.

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

7 Things You Should Know Before You Drive Your Car Hire

Hi all,

With car manufactures getting more and more advanced with their technology offerings, (see our post technology and car rental) the american automotive authority believes the time is drawing near when we’ll get in to our hire cars and not know how to even start them!

Facebook integration, keyless cars and even vehicles run on electricity are becoming the norm, if you’d mentioned this 10 years ago to the average Joe they would have thought you’d gone mental.

Here at usrentacar.co.uk we believe in being prepared, so before you drive out of the parking lot here are 5 things we believe you should know.

  1. All drivers should know how to start the car, it use to be straight forward, stick the key in turn it and hey presto, these days its not so simple, take the Prius for example, to turn on the engine you insert the key, push down the brake pedal and press the “power” button….simples.
  2. How to Turn on the lights, last thing you need is to be driving in a foreign Country fiddling around the dash board trying to figure out how to switch the lights on after along day at Universal Orlando!
  3. How to Switch on the Windscreen wipers, again you don’t want to be caught in a sudden storm and not know how to quickly turn the wipers on.
  4. How to open the petrol cap and where its situated on the car.
  5. How to disengage the hand brake. (this one came from our facebook page, via John Young) ”I remember sitting trying to figure that one out for ages the first time we hired an SUV. The parking brake release was a button on the dash”.
  6. How to operate an automatic, for UK drivers we generally all drive “stick” then change to automatic can briefly throw you, get use to the controls before leaving the car park. (suggested by Adam Robertson via facebook)
  7. How to remove the key from the ignition, some vehicles require a push or a reverse twist to remove the key, better to figure this out before you’re miles away from the rental office. (suggested by Paul Bevan via facebook)
I’m sure in the future most of these will be voice activated but for now its best to know your car before you pull away.

If you can add to these 5 please feel free to comment below.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

USA Flight Guide – Who Flies In To Where?

Hi all,

Today’s post is part inspiration part information. As you already know the U.S. offers some wonderful destinations rich with culture and monumental features.

Below I have listed some of the more famous locations you can fly too and included the UK airport you can fly from and the carriers who can get you there.

Boston – (BOS)

Served From – Heathrow

Airlines include – American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic

New York – (JFK)

Served From – London City, Heathrow, Manchester

Airlines include – American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Kuwait

New York – Newark (EWR)

Served From – Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester.

Airlines include – Continental/United, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Iceland Express

Washington – Dulles (IAD)

Served From – Heathrow, Manchester

Airlines include – Continental/United, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines

Chicago – O’Hare (ORD)

Served From – Heathrow, Manchester

Airlines include – Continental/United, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines

Orlando International (MCO)

Served From – Glasgow, Gatwick, Manchester

Airlines include – British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Orlando – Sanford (SFB)

Served From – Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Gatwick, Newcastle, Manchester.

Airlines include – Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways

Miami (MIA)

Served From – Heathrow

Airlines include – American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic

Tampa (TPA)

Served From – Gatwick

Airlines include – British Airways

Las Vegas (LAS)

Served From – Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester

Airlines include – British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Virgin Atlantic

Los Angeles (LAX)

 Served From – Heathrow

Airlines include – Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental/Untied, Virgin Atlantic

San Francisco (SFO)

Served From – Heathrow

Airlines include – Continental/United, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Denver (DEN)

Served From – Heathrow

Airlines include – British Airways

Atlanta (ATL)

Served From – Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester

Airlines include – British Airways, Delta

Houston (IAH)

Served From – Heathrow

Airlines include – Continental/United, British Airways

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)

Served From – Heathrow, Manchester

Airlines include – American Airlines, British Airways

Remember usrentacar.co.uk offers car hire USA from all the airports mentioned above.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

Random Car Hire USA Stuff

Hi all,

I’ve been having a look through the data collected from all our customers who have picked up USA Car Hire from us in 2011 and come up with a few….. ummm… interesting is the wrong word… ummm… random facts perhaps?

What’s in a name?

Now looking at the data, we can see that most lead driver’s are male and although usrentacar.co.uk is a global brand we note that the top 3 first names are

  1. Paul
  2. David (includes variants)
  3. Robert (includes variants)

How?

From our data we can also see that more male’s take advantage of our website than females to make their car hire bookings.

On the other hand more females take advantage of booking via our call centre than males.

What’s in a number?

We attract more 18-24 y/o than we do 44-54 y/o but we attract more 55-64 y/o than we do the youngsters however our biggest age group is the 25-34 y/o market.

  1. 25-34
  2. 55-64
  3. 18-24
  4. 44-54

What’s in a vehicle?

I’ve already posted this information previously but the most popular vehicles rented this year were;

  1. Intermediate Sports Utility – Ford Escape or similar
  2. 7 Seater Minivan – Dodge Caravanor similar
  3. Convertible 2dr – Ford Mustang or similar

Where you live?

  1. United Kingdom
  2. USA
  3. Italy

within the UK

  1. London
  2. Glasgow
  3. Edinburgh

Conclusion

So if you’re a male, your name is Paul, you’re aged 25-34, you live in London and you are looking to hire an Intermediate Sports Utility then….. it looks like you’ll be booking with us :-)

Kind regards,

James

 car hire USA

2011 Most Popular Car Hire USA Locations

Hi all,

Following on from yesterdays most popular vehicles of 2011 I thought I’d divulge the top 10 Car Hire USA pick up locations for 2011.

Now the list will be prodominatley Florida heavy due to the amount of UK visitors the U.S. state receives however its good to see from non-Florida pick ups creep in this year.

Top 10 Car Hire USA Pick up Locations 2011

  1. Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  2. Sanford International Airport (SFB)
  3. Miami International Airport (MIA)
  4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  5. Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  6. Las Vegas International Airport (LAS)
  7. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  8. Denver International Airport (DEN)
  9. Phoenix International Airport (PHX)
  10. Fort Myers International Airport (RSW)

Orlando International Airport continues to dominate for us Brits, but when you look past the top 10 some of our customers are looking to hire in some truly niche locations like Wilmington, Delaware and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Where would you most like to collect from?

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

Car Games To Keep The Kids Entertained

Hi all,

On Sunday I drove myself and the family up to Birmingham to visit the inlaws (don’t judge me), now the drive is only 3 hours but to my children it seemed like at least 10!

To pass the time we tried a few car games to keep them entertained and they seemed to work. The U.S. is such a huge place driving to theme parks and attractions are usually a minimum of 20 mins and if you’re on a road trip even longer.

Here are a few games you could try in conjunction with your USA car hire.

The Licence Plate Game

There are two ways to play this, the first one is very much suited to the U.S. Basically the idea is to spot a licence plate registered to every state in America, first to do it, or gets the most is the winner.

The second game evolves around making words out of licence plates incorporating the letters on the plate, the longer the word the more points you score.

The A-Z Game

This game requires the players to know their alphabet and is probably only suited to day time play. Players take it in turns to work through the alphabet, A-Z  spotting various things outside of the car – so the first player must find a sign with a word beginning “A” and so forth. A winner is decided when their opposition cannot think of a word.

Yellow Car Game

Now this one is strictly down to parental discretion but one me and my brothers enjoyed playing when we were young, but one my own children are banned from playing due to over eagerness.

However the idea of the game is simple, if you see a yellow car you punch your opponent on the arm stating “yellow car”. An incorrect punch earns the puncher a double punch. Punching hard enough to make some one cry is strictly forbidden.

Ghost

Players take turns at saying letters. If you say a letter which completes a word, or which means the letters can no longer be used as a word, you lose, so that play might proceed thus: “A”… “P”… “P”… “L”… “E”… The player saying “E” will lose here, having completed a word. An alternative might have been “I” which would leave the other players having to work towards “application”. The game is clearly named for its passing similarity to an Ouija board.

Guess the intro

In my day this was harder to play as we only had a cassette sterio, now a day the use of MP3 players makes this game a lot quicker.

This is how it works, the games master (usually the passenger in the front) play’s a few seconds of a given song’s intro, players then “buzz” in and guess the intro. Points are awarded for guessing correctly and subtracted for incorrect guesses.

I hope these games can help you pass the time. Are there any games I’ve missed or you could share?

regards,

James,

 car hire USA

The Top 6 USA Locations By Search

Hi all,

Interesting statistics provided by Hitwise displaying the top 50 UK flight searches between May and July 2011.

The report shows market share and previous positions. U.S. hotspot, New York topped the report for the 3rd quarter running.

Below is the top 10 USA locations via search

  1. New York (actual position within the top 50 – #1)
  2. Orlando (actual position within the top 50 – #6)
  3. Las Vegas (actual position within the top 50 – #11)
  4. Los Angeles (actual position within the top 50 – #29)
  5. Miami (actual position within the top 50 – #43)
  6. Chicago (actual position within the top 50 – #49)

I’m surprised that Tampa and San Francisco didn’t feature within the top 50, and with BA offering new routes in to San Diego I’m surprised it didn’t get a mention, perhaps next year when  the service is more recognisable.

Which is your favourite U.S. destination?

regards,

James,

usrentacar.co.uk

 car hire USA

Detailed USA Airport Maps

Hi all,

They may not be as popular as google, but over at Bing they do like to innovate. I was searching for some detailed airport maps for the USA and came across these excellent images.

Today there are maps for 42 airports covering most of the medium and large hub airports in the United States. Bing will be adding new airports regularly, so check their website if your airport isn’t currently listed.

How to find airport maps

Bing have made locating airport maps an easy task from your desktop. There are two ways to do this:

1. Just search for the airport (by name, city, or even code) on Bing Maps, and zoom in using map.

2. Search for your flight status on Bing (for example: CO 1665), and click on the map link besides the airport to see its map.

Quick links to Airport Maps

1. Albuquerque International Sunport Albuquerque NM
2. Baltimore Washington International Airport Baltimore MD
3. Bob Hope Airport Burbank CA
4. Buffalo Niagara International Airport Cheektowaga NY
5. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Charlotte NC
6. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Cleveland OH
7. Columbus Airport Columbus OH
8. Denver International Airport Denver CO
9. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Detroit MI
10. Eppley Airfield Omaha NE
11. George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston TX
12. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Atlanta GA
13. Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis IN
14. John F Kennedy International Airport Jamaica NY
15. LaGuardia Airport Flushing NY
16. Logan International Airport East Boston MA
17. Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA
18. Manchester Boston Regional Airport Manchester NH
19. McCarran International Airport Las Vegas NV
20. Memphis Shelby County Airport Memphis TN
21. Minneapolis International Airport Saint Paul MN
22. Nashville International Airport Nashville TN
23. Newark Airport Newark NJ
24. Norfolk International Airport Norfolk VA
25. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose San Jose CA
26. Oakland International Airport Oakland CA
27. Ontario International Airport Ontario CA
28. Orlando International Airport Orlando FL
29. Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA
30. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Phoenix AZ
31. Portland International Airport Portland OR
32. Ronald Reagan National Airport Arlington VA
33. Sacramento International Airport Sacramento CA
34. Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City UT
35. San Antonio International Airport San Antonio TX
36. San Diego International Airport San Diego CA
37. Seattle Tacoma International Airport Seatac WA
38. Southwest Florida International Airport Fort Myers FL
39. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Anchorage AK
40. Theodore Francis Green State Airport Warwick RI
41. Tucson International Airport Tucson AZ
42. William P Hobby Airport Houston TX

I think you’ll agree this is a great feature especially if your unfamiliar with the airport, Bing also give the option to send the map directly to your mobile.

What do you think?

Regards,

James,

 car hire USA

USA Petrol Prices To Hit September High

Hi all,

Petrol prices in the USA look set to reach a 2011 high this month as refinery issues continue to have an impact on the market. with the Midwest and West Coast being the hardest hit.

At present suppliers are using summer fuel, which is still required to be used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Summer fuel is in high demand but supply is short, which in turn is keeping pricing high.

Fuel prices will continue to rise in the short term until petrol/gas stations are able to decrease prices on the summer fuel in order to make the winter supply, prices then should begin to decrease.

CITY STATE UNL. DIESEL
Atlanta GA $3.610 $3.881
Boston MA $3.739 $4.009
Chicago IL $3.922 $3.935
Dallas TX $3.498 $3.789
Denver CO $3.438 $3.819
Detroit MI $3.752 $3.922
Houston TX $3.485 $3.745
Los Angeles CA $3.797 $4.175
Memphis TN $3.500 $3.809
Miami FL $3.744 $3.948
Minneapolis MN $3.706 $3.934
New Orleans LA $3.461 $3.725
Philadelphia PA $3.679 $4.051
Phoenix AZ $3.329 $3.692
Portland OR $3.745 $3.816
San Francisco CA $3.875 $4.330
Seattle WA $3.824 $4.143
St. Louis MO $3.413 $3.708
Washington DC $3.858 $4.147
National Average USA $3.608 $3.875

Will you be more likely to pre-pay your fuel via our gold rate in September?

Kind regards,

James

 car hire USA

Autonomous Vehicles In Nevada? Google Are Trying

Hi all,

Interesting story on mashable following up on a story we reported on back in October last year regarding Google’s attempt to introduce self driving vehicles.

Well it looks like they are beginning to take the process one stage further by lobbying Nevada state for permission to allow autonomous vehicles on public roads!

Mashable writes

Google has created a line of self-driving hybrids, including six Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT. The vehicles have been tested on more than 140,000 miles of California roads, at least 1,000 of which were driven fully autonomously.

It is believed that Google, who have hired Las Vegas based lobbyist David Goldwater, will try to amend two state laws, firstly regarding texting while in control of  a motor vehicle  and secondly to allow the testing of self driving cars on public roads.

Google will site safety as its main feature for altering legislation.

regards

James

 car hire USA


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