Uber Launching On Demand Car Rentals

Turo (formerly Relay Rides) is the peer-to-peer car rental company I’m most familiar with. You rent out your car for income when you’re not using it. Customers rent cars from people for less than from a car rental agency like National or Hertz. And there are often really interesting and exotic cars, too.

In addition to 10 great ways to save money on car rentals services like Turo should be in your bag of tricks.

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Getaround is a similar company and they’ve entered a new partnership with Uber to present car rental options inside the Uber app. The partnership will initially launch in the San Francisco market later this month. (Getaround is currently only in a handful of cities including Boston, Chicago, Portland and DC.)

This adds to other moves just announced by Uber — the purchase of Jump Bikes electric bicycles and a partnership with the Masabi mobile ticketing company that will let Uber offer public transit tickets.

Between on demand rides, rentals for longer rides, public transit and even bikes on top of delivery we’re starting to see how Uber plans to spread to all modes of transportation in order to justify the kind of valuations they’ve seen while just a ridesharing business.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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