Thrifty Car Rental Named Top Car Rental Company by Entrepreneur Magazine

TULSA, Okla., April 28 // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Thrifty Car Rental, a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG), received a 2008 Business Travel Award from Entrepreneur magazine for "Best Car Rental Value." This marks the sixth time in 15 years that Thrifty Car Rental has won this coveted award.

The 2008 Business Travel Awards highlight suppliers who offer the best in comfort, innovation and convenience to enhance the travel experience of value-driven travelers. "Was 2007 the biggest mess for business travelers since 2001?" asked the magazine, citing chart-topping flight delays, carry-on restrictions, packed planes and slow-moving lines at security checkpoints. As the leading magazine for the small and mid-size business community, Entrepreneur singled out those travel suppliers who are making life easier.

"Don't confuse Thrifty ( with second- or third-tier car rental companies," said Entrepreneur. "This isn't Rent A Wreck with pretensions." Thrifty was commended for its breadth of service in 68 countries, as well as the company's corporate account program, SmartBiz, which is open to companies of all sizes, even sole proprietorships. Once firms sign up, travelers are treated to up to 3,000 miles per month in the renting state and those bordering it (with possible restrictions), discounts on airport parking at Thrifty's 40 airport parking facilities and free membership in the Blue Chip Express Rental Program, whose major distinction is the industry's first satisfaction guarantee. If a Blue Chip rental experience is disappointing, the first day is free.

Thrifty Car Rental was also lauded for bells and whistles like GPS-enabled navigation units available at most locations in North America and prepaid Pass24 toll service, available in Dallas, Denver, Houston and the state of Florida. A daily fee of $8.95 ($5.95 in Florida) includes all toll charges, and users get unlimited use of toll express lanes.

"Savvy business travelers looking to save money have always known that Thrifty Car Rental is the go-to company for great value," said Gary Paxton, President and CEO of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. "We appreciate getting Entrepreneur magazine's official recommendation that Thrifty Car Rental be at the top of the consideration list for small- and mid-size companies."

For the complete results of Entrepreneur magazine's 2008 Business Travel Awards, pick up the April 2008 issue at your local newsstand or visit

The Business Travel Awards are not a ranking or formal survey, but are recognition by the magazine's editors of having noteworthy products and services that could make this a banner year for travelers.

About Thrifty Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental is a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, the Thrifty Car Rental brand serves value-conscious travelers from more than 1,028 locations in 68 countries. For additional information, visit or

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

Entrepreneur Media Inc. is the premier content provider for and about entrepreneurs. The company's products engage and inspire every day with the advice, solutions and resources that fuel the bold and independent way entrepreneurs think. After 30 years, nobody reaches more growing businesses. As the original magazine for the small and midsize business community, Entrepreneur continues to be the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership. is the most widely used website by entrepreneurs and emerging businesses worldwide. Entrepreneur Press published the books that turn entrepreneurial skills into business success.

SOURCE: Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group


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