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Car/Limo Rentals

 November 21, 2003
Christmas Car Hire Discounts From is predicting the Christmas rush to be even higher this year, with car hire bookings to popular destinations such as Ireland, Scotland and even Spain set to triple. To help travellers beat the Christmas rush is offering a five per cent discount on all online car hire bookings, to any of over 4,000 destinations, in the run up to the festive period.

Available for bookings made up to 21 December 2003, the offer is valid for all car types, representing an even better deal on low prices. The offer is in addition to the company's regular £5 discount for online bookings and free cancellation cover.

According to Gareth Robinson, director of "The car hire market is particularly busy over the festive period as people make their way home. When you consider that the four Irish airports of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon represent around 25 per cent of Christmas car hire bookings, in certain destinations there's a definite need to be organised and book in advance. carrentals is offering the five per cent discount as an extra incentive to encourage travellers to arrange their Christmas travel a little earlier and beat the rush."

Figures for Christmas 2002 showed a four per cent increase in passengers passing through the UK's three main airports of Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. Between December 18 2002 and January 4 2003 around 972,000 passengers passed through the airports, up from 930,000 in 2001/2, according to the International Passenger Survey (IPS), with experts predicting the trend is set to continue.

Through agreements with service partners including Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty and Europcar, offers customers a choice of over 4,000 rental locations worldwide.

Christmas travellers can choose from a range of cars to suit their requirements - Mini, Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Full Size, Performance, Luxury and Minivan, all with the five per cent discount available. also features over 3,000 links to useful tourism information sites; a Jargon Buster, explaining frequently used car rental terminology; plus over 2,700 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format. There are also tips and advice on issues such as driving in a foreign country, safety and road laws.