While Airbnb.com has dominated travel headline news around the mushrooming peer-to-peer economy, another player in the P2P space has quietly been gaining ground, offering travelers a feel-good alternative to traditional car rentals. Launched in 2010, RelayRides today announces what could be a game-changing feature—convenient delivery of your selected car to your home, hotel, or airport.
We already like that RelayRides is 35 percent cheaper than traditional rental cars, and that there are over 800 makes and models (Mini Coopers! Audi TTs! Range Rover Sports!) available through a network of car owners looking to cash in on their idle vehicles. Having a rental car delivered to travelers’ doors is an indisputable convenience, upping the competitive ante.
Interestingly, owners and renters had long been negotiating deliveries among themselves. Now, the company helps facilitate the transactional relationship—a simple checkbox in the checkout flow—and automatically adds $1 million in liability coverage.
“Travelers can select the car that they want, at the price they want, delivered by the owner, creating a human touch. We think this will further differentiate us from traditional rental companies,” says RelayRides CEO Andre Haddad.
RelayRides car owners make deliveries in over 300 cities and at 100 airports. Fees will range from $10-$50, but for a limited time the service will be free. The verdict: Go for a test drive!
Adrien Glover is the deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.