Budget Rent a Car Corporation, the world's third largest car and truck rental system, is a network of more than 3,200 company-owned and franchised locations worldwide, all operating under the same Budget name.

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Through the continued implementation of worldwide service standards and on-going customer satisfaction measurement, Budget strives to meet its customers' needs and expectations. Budget is strongly committed to providing the best value in the industry through a combination of consistent service and quality products, at a fair price. The following is a selection of Budget's value-added products and services.


With 25 percent of its fleet comprised of specialty vehicles, the Budget WorldClass Fleet is one of the most diverse in the world. In the United States, Budget features a wide selection of specialty vehicles ranging from sport utility vehicles, mini-vans and passenger vans to convertibles, luxury cars and motorcycles.

Internationally, Budget's specialty fleet ranges from the Jaguar XJ6 and Mercedes Benz models throughout Europe, to Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Holland and the UK, Jeeps in Israel and Latin America, convertibles and campervans in Australia, and the largest four-wheel-drive fleet in New Zealand.


In addition to cars, Budget rents a peak fleet of 20,000 trucks worldwide ranging in size from cargo vans to 24' trucks. In the U.S., Budget rents a peak fleet of 12,000 trucks at more than 440 locations, 325 of which offer one-way truck rentals. Most of Budget's U.S. trucks are equipped with driver-friendly features such as air conditioning, automatic transmission, AM/FM stereo and power steering.

At participating One-Way locations, Budget offers a helpful moving guide and rents or sells moving accessories including furniture pads, hand trucks, moving boxes and packing materials to make the moving process more convenient for the renter.


One-Way car and truck rentals are available at many Budget locations worldwide with a choice of rate plans. Based upon length of rental and distance traveled, the all-inclusive rate is often the most economical one-way rental.


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Budget Express is the preferred reservation program for frequent travelers, with complimentary membership. Each Budget Express member has a permanent renter profile stored in Budget's computer system. For every reservation, members need only call a special toll-free number to provide their arrival location, date and time. Budget forwards that information to the renting location electronically, ensuring that the pre-assigned car and rental agreement are ready upon the customer's arrival.

Budget Express is currently available at over 100 major U.S. and Canadian airport locations. For faster checkouts, members go directly to their car via courtesy bus, bypassing busy counters. The rental agreement is either in the car or handed to them when they exit the lot. Where bypass service is not available, members simply go to a specially designated Budget Express counter where they receive their rental agreement and are on their way.

For faster returns, Budget Express allows members to return their car by recording the mileage and gas usage, enclosing the rental agreement in a provided envelope, and dropping it in the convenient Budget Express Return box at the rental return facility. Their closed rental agreement is faxed or mailed within 24 hours.

Where Budget Automated Express Return is available, a Budget representative meets the members in the lot during peak travel hours, scans their car ID, mileage and fuel level using a hand-held computer, and immediately prints out their receipt. This process closes credit card rentals that do not require additional adjustments and allows the customer to bypass the counter.


Budget is the industry leader with frequent renter programs around the globe. In the United States, the AwardsPlus program offers easy to earn rewards and requires no membership fees. Members simply apply a sticker to a membership card with every rental. On the second rental, travelers get an automatic free car-class upgrade and after four rentals earn a free one-day rental. In addition, valuable coupon booklets from Budget and its partners are sent out to AwardsPlus members each time they redeem their four rental stickers for a free day.

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Budget also offers frequent renter programs to travelers in other regions and countries worldwide including the largest program of its kind in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.


Budget CorpRate features guaranteed low rates with unlimited mileage to qualified companies and their employees. The program also offers companies assistance in managing their travel expenses more effectively.

Designed to accommodate companies from start-ups to major multi-national corporations, CorpRate offers a choice of billing methods to help companies maintain lower travel costs.

Budget's extensive list of worldwide locations also enables a company to rely on consistent service and economical rates across the globe.


For customers seeking no-smoking alternatives when they travel, Budget offers a substantial fleet of no-smoking cars in the United States and Canada. Budget recommends that customers request a no-smoking car when making reservations. These cars are available at no extra charge.


Budget is a partner in many domestic and international airline frequent flyer programs. Every time members of these programs rent from Budget at participating locations worldwide, they earn free airline miles and credit toward car rental discounts, upgrades and free rental days.

Members currently earn a minimum of 500 miles or one credit for each Budget rental and can earn credit for flying each airline's partner airlines, thus expanding their benefits.

Budget partners with the following worldwide airline frequent flyer programs:

Aeromexico Club Premier / Aeromiles British Midland Diamond Club
Air Canada Aeroplan Lufthansa Miles & More
Air New Zealand Air Points/Koru Club Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan United Airlines Mileage Plus
Alitalia Mille Miglia Virgin Atlantic Freeway
Budget also is a partner with Emirates Airlines and offers car rental discounts and free rentals to travelers who fly the Middle Eastern airline to any of its 32 destinations in 24 countries.


Children's car seats, luggage racks and ski racks (where applicable) are available at most rental locations, usually for a small additional charge. Customers should request special equipment at the time of reservation.


Available in over 100 countries around the world, Budget World Travel Plan allows leisure renters to choose the rate and payment option that works best for them. The options consist of: basic or all-inclusive competitive rates; pre-payment in the home-country currency (often for the lowest rates) or payment on arrival (for the greatest flexibility). The same rate structure worldwide makes renting a car outside a traveler's home country easier and more predictable for both the customer and the travel agent booking the trip.


Budget Business Traveler is available in over 840 locations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific. This program's economical rates are all-inclusive and guaranteed in the local currency of the destination country.


Budget offers cellular phones at many locations in the United States, Canada (primarily at airports) and in most major European cities. These phones help busy executives keep in touch with clients and co-workers while on the road and provide vacationers with a way to call ahead. The phones offer added safety with a free 911 service in many cities. Since most locations do not charge for phone rentals, the customer only pays for the airtime used. Phones should be requested at the time of reservation.


The only product of its kind in the world, Budget WorldClass Drives offers self-guided itineraries for tours of popular vacation destinations around the world. WorldClass Drives are available in France, the United Kingdom, Australia and Western Canada.

The no-cost WorldClass Drives program includes an easy-to-follow tour booklet, mini-maps, region-specific "rules of the road" and a Savings Book for discounts at hotels, restaurants, gas stations and local attractions.


A number of services for U.S. travelers with special needs are available to the individual and any member of the traveling party, including:


Available in select markets, this service provides Budget customers with the option to hire chauffeur-driven vehicles