The Hertz Corporation and Air France have released a statement confirming their preferred partnership agreement will run for another four years. The corporation’s own Hertz brand plus those of its auxiliary suppliers, Thrifty and Firefly, will remain the French carrier’s chosen car hire suppliers until 2020.
The new agreement cements a collaboration of almost three decades. Under the terms of the new accord, passengers flying with Air France, partner airline KLM or regional subsidiary HOP! will be offered discounts of as high as 15 per cent off standard Hertz group hire car rates and ancillary products.
The agreement also sees Hertz offer SuperCover excess insurance waivers, one additional driver on each rental for free and no mileage surcharges. Young drivers renting Hertz in France will not be charged the extra fees normally applicable to those between the ages of 19 and 23 years old.
An app on the Air France website enables travellers to reserve car hire at the same time as they make flight bookings. Commenting on the partnership renewal, Hertz International president Michel Tarid noted that it had long provided streamlined fly-drive options for customers of both parties.
He added that it had enhanced the travel experience for all and this was set to continue with a diverse selection of discounts and programme benefits. Air France-KLM’s commercial vice-president, Patrick Alexandre, was just as enthusiastic and said the contract extension was a reaffirmation of the group’s commitment to offering premium quality travel choices.