Hertz was once the rental company for business travelers. In this extended montage from Up in the Air when George Clooney is grounded in Omaha he wants to buy a Chrysler Sebring from Hertz.
The rental car business has consolidated, and is under pressure from ridesharing. Hertz owns Thrifty and Dollar. And they’re simply not reliable anymore in my opinion. In fact last year they told me that reservations are never guaranteed. If you make a booking with Hertz you cannot be assured that a car will be there when you show up.
It was straight out of Seinfeld.
So it’s no real surprise that Hertz is mass cancelling reservations later this month during the solar eclipse. They’re cancelling so many bookings, in advance, that they’re not letting customers know individually. They’re making robocalls. (HT: Bob L.)
Hertz even has a web page dedicated to renting a car and seeing the eclipse. And of course they do have some cars.
They’re just deciding which people they duped into booking will get their reservations honored since they’re able to keep selling cars, at very high prices, even after their inventory was completely spoken for.
— Hertz Car Rental (@EagleAutoLLC) August 1, 2017
When Oregon hotels started cancelling guests during the eclipse the state Department of Justice got involved.