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BUDGET RENT A CAR'S FREE RENTAL CAR OFFER 'SELLS OUT' ACROSS MUCH OF COUNTRY; CARS STILL AVAILABLE IN LIMITED AREAS FOR THANKSGIVING

 LISLE, Ill., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Since an announcement on Nov. 5, Budget Rent a Car has given away much of its fleet across the country in response to a first-ever offer of a free rental car on Nov. 23. The offer, which is part of Budget's 35th birthday celebration as a value leader in the car rental industry, covers all car classes, including specialty vehicles and minivans, collected on Nov. 23 at participating locations nationwide.
 "The response has been tremendously positive," said William N. Plamondon, Budget Rent a Car president and CEO. "As a way to thank our highly valued customers during this most appropriate holiday season, we have given many of them a free rental car for pick-up on Nov. 23, 'selling out' our fleet in most major metropolitan areas across the country."
 Budget has "sold out" its cars for the entire Thanksgiving weekend in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles areas. The Budget fleet is also "sold out" in many other East Coast cities including Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Albany and Norfolk, Va. Southern cities including New Orleans, Memphis, Savannah, Ga., Jackson, Miss., and Charleston, S.C., have "sold out" their fleet. Midwestern cities including Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Mo., and many cities in Michigan have "sold out." West Coast cities including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Seattle and Portland have "sold out."
 "While we are expecting 'sell-outs' to continue nationwide through this weekend, we encourage holiday travelers to call their travel agent or Budget to take advantage of the free rental cars that remain," Plamondon said. "We would like as many of our customers as possible to be able to take advantage of a free rental car on Nov. 23."
 The car must be picked up on Nov. 23 to take advantage of the free offer. The Budget Rent a Car reservation number is 800-527-0700.
 The demand for the free rental cars from Budget began strongly, with a "sell-out" in the New York area within 24 hours of the initial announcement of the offer Nov. 5. Plamondon notes that demand has increased steadily through the last two weeks, effectively doubling the pace of bookings for the Thanksgiving weekend.
 Budget Rent a Car is the world's third largest car and truck rental system, with more than 3,200 corporate- and licensee-owned locations, including nearly 825 airport locations, in more that 110 countries and territories. Budget has nearly 1,050 locations in the United States, including more than 300 airport locations.
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 /CONTACT: Ardis Berghoff of Budget Rent a Car, 708-955-7068/


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