Thrifty Car Rental – Company History

Thrifty Car Rental was founded in 1958. It became a public company in 1987 and in 1989 it was acquired by Chrysler, where in 1990 it was combined with Dollar Rent a Car. Thrifty Car Rental is one of the largest car rental companies currently in operation and is also one of the most widely recognized brands in the world.

Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, the Thrifty Car Rental brand has more than 1,028 locations in 68 countries.

The Blue Chip Express Rental Program is Thrifty’s free program that expedites a customer’s rental process at most Thrifty Car Rental locations in the United States and Canada. The Blue Chip system is specialized for business travelers who need a quick pickup, but is also used for tourists and frequent local renters. The Blue Chip Rewards Program gives customers a free rental day at Thrifty after accumulating 16 rental days. Customers also have the option of adding airline miles instead. Some airlines used in the Blue Chip Rewards Program include American Airlines,
Air Canada, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qantas, and United Airlines.

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