Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries today announced the appointment of Enterprise Rent-A-Car as its preferred car and van hire partner.
From today, members of the public can book a car or van from any Enterprise branch location worldwide using a quick and easy-to-use booking widget on Red Funnel’s website.
The exciting new partnership will deliver a host of benefits for millions of Red Funnel customers and, just as importantly, will help attract new visitors to the Isle of Wight.
What’s more, when booking a car from a branch location in Southampton (including Southampton airport) or Newport on the Island, members of the public will receive a 5% discount via Red Funnel’s website. The discount increases to 10% for My Red Funnel members logged-in to the membership area and using the widget to book car rental.
Van hire customers will also receive a 10% discount from any Enterprise branch in the UK when booking via the Red Funnel website.
To make cross-Solent journeys as easy as possible, Enterprise will arrange pick-up from Red Funnel’s terminals in Southampton or in East and West Cowes if customers tell them what time their ferry arrives.
The partnership also covers Enterprise Car Club, the hourly and daily rental service. Hot on the heels of its successful arrival in Southampton, Enterprise Car Club is now available in West Cowes as well as at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch in Newport. Located adjacent to Red Funnel’s Red Jet terminal, the self-service cars are available to hire 24/7, either by the hour or for the day, for one low rate.
Joining Enterprise Car Club is quick and easy and while the annual membership is usually £60, Red Funnel customers can join for just £1. Vehicles can then be booked at a low hourly or daily rate for the time the car is reserved plus a mileage charge of 21p per mile. Enterprise takes care of the breakdown cover, insurance, MOT, servicing and cleaning.
The estimated cost of a trip (less any mileage charges) will be displayed before the reservation is confirmed for members’ peace of mind.
Enterprise Car Club members can book a vehicle online with an easy-to-use mobile app and then use either the app or card to unlock the vehicle on arrival. A fuel card is provided to pay for fuel if needed.
Travellers from the Isle of Wight to the mainland can also pick up an Enterprise Car Club vehicle in Southampton, where there are locations five minutes from the Red Jet terminal.
Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO commented: “We are excited to announce this new partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the launch of the popular Enterprise Car Club in West Cowes. We believe it will not only prove popular with Red Jet customers but also local Cowes residents who don’t always have access to a car.
“As well as discounts on car club membership, we are also pleased to offer local Enterprise car and van rental discounts if booking via redfunnel.co.uk.”
Paul Smith, Enterprise Rent-A-Car General Manager for South Central England, adds: “Our partnership with Red Funnel adds a whole new dimension of travel options for anyone travelling between the Island and the mainland and using the Red Jet to and from West Cowes. Our car club and branch services combine to provide a very wide range of travel options whether you need a vehicle for just an hour or for much longer. It offers total flexibility.”
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