Flexible friend designed with simplicity in mind

Flexible friend designed with simplicity in mind

Islands or the Canaries. Bookings can be made in a matter of minutes. All the agent has to do is confirm the reservation via a freephone number and hand over the tickets. The agent is then invoiced for the net amount.

Travel agents will earn 10% commission for every book sold (tour operators 15%). Sales kits containing 50 brochures, a display stand and a book of 30 pre-numbered vouchers are now available from CarPass Ltd on request.

Once purchased, the vouchers can be used at any one of the 12 participating companies in the Europe-Plan car rental association, which has 54 outlets across Spain.

CarPass developer Larry Dale Ursich said:"The beauty of the product is its flexibility."

He claimed the fact that customers can hand back unused booklets for a refund should increase the attractiveness of the product.

Customers are charged £5 for each unused voucher, though in these circumstances there will be no commission recall. At £25 per day for a Class A car such as a Nissan Micra, with an option to upgrade to the next category for £5, the CarPass is unlikely to break the bank. And its common rating system means the price stays the same from Madrid to Marbella, whatever the season. Insurance is also included. The pass is valid for a year and is transferable to friends or colleagues, though spontaneity is restricted in July and August, when a 24hr advance reservation is required.

The feedback from travel agents so far has been positive. Thomas Cook commercial manager Roger Flowers said: "In principle, we believe the CarPass is a good idea. We have been in discussion with our car-hire partners, Avis and Holiday Autos, with regard to providing a similar service globally."

A Lunn Poly spokeswoman praised the idea, but said that quality-control levels and safety standards would have to be approved.

Ursich said: "We've already had some interest for the sales packs, and look forward to marketing the product elsewhere. The scheme may be extended across the Mediterranean, in Portugal, Greece, Crete, Turkey and Malta by the end of August.

A new voucher system aimed at increasing agents' share of leisure car-rental business in Spain is promising to cut down on administration and increase commission.

The CarPass booklet costs £75 when purchased in advance and contains three vouchers, each valid for one day's car hire in mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands or the Canaries. Bookings can be made in a matter of minutes. All the agent has to do is confirm the reservation via a freephone number and hand over the tickets. The agent is then invoiced for the net amount.

Travel agents will earn 10% commission for every book sold (tour operators 15%). Sales kits containing 50 brochures, a display stand and a book of 30 pre-numbered vouchers are now available from CarPass Ltd on request.

Once purchased, the vouchers can be used at any one of the 12 participating companies in the Europe-Plan car rental association, which has 54 outlets across Spain.

CarPass developer Larry Dale Ursich said:"The beauty of the product is its flexibility."

He claimed the fact that customers can hand back unused booklets for a refund should increase the attractiveness of the product.

Customers are charged £5 for each unused voucher, though in these circumstances there will be no commission recall. At £25 per day for a Class A car such as a Nissan Micra, with an option to upgrade to the next category for £5, the CarPass is unlikely to break the bank. And its common rating system means the price stays the same from Madrid to Marbella, whatever the season. Insurance is also included. The pass is valid for a year and is transferable to friends or colleagues, though spontaneity is restricted in July and August, when a 24hr advance reservation is required.

The feedback from travel agents so far has been positive. Thomas Cook commercial manager Roger Flowers said: "In principle, we believe the CarPass is a good idea. We have been in discussion with our car-hire partners, Avis and Holiday Autos, with regard to providing a similar service globally."

A Lunn Poly spokeswoman praised the idea, but said that quality-control levels and safety standards would have to be approved.

Ursich said: "We've already had some interest for the sales packs, and look forward to marketing the product elsewhere. The scheme may be extended across the Mediterranean, in Portugal, Greece, Crete, Turkey and Malta by the end of August.

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