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Budget Completes Global Distribution System Upgrades

Amadeus Receives Direct Access to Budget Reservation System

Parsippany, NJ Jun 11, 2004 -

Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. announced today that it has completed its upgrade on the Amadeus Global Distribution System to provide travel agents with real-time access to its reservation system. With the addition of Amadeus, Budget now provides a seamless transparent interface to all four major global distribution systems.

The upgrade to “Complete Access Plus” allows travel agents to access real-time inventory of vehicles and rates. In addition, agents can now:

  • Display corporate, association and promotional rates and compare them
  • View customer requests, and confirm child safety seats, one-way rates, and drop-off charges if applicable
  • Provide their customers with a complete price that includes up-to-the minute tax, surcharge and regulation information
  • Instantly verify any modifications made to a booking
  • View instant rate changes and/or new confirmation numbers
  • “The upgrade to Complete Access Plus allows us to better serve the travel agent community,” said Gerard Quirk, vice president of global travel industry for Cendant Car Rental Group, the parent company of Budget. “It also provides them with a way to better serve their own customers.”

    About Amadeus

    Amadeus is a leading global distribution system (GDS) and technology provider, serving the marketing, sales and distribution needs of the world's travel and tourism industries. Its comprehensive GDS data processing center serves some 61,000 travel agency locations and more than 11,000 airline sales offices, totaling around 300,000 points of sale located in over 210 markets worldwide. For more information, visit amadeus.com.

    With each booking, points are deposited in a special account in the travel agent's name. Once a member has accumulated 25 points, the agent receives a free Unlimited Budget debit MasterCard® loaded with $25 that can be used to make purchases anywhere MasterCard is accepted (excluding ATM withdrawals). Additional credits are automatically deposited with each completed booking.

    About Budget

    Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. is the owner and franchiser of one of the world's best-known car rental brands with more than 1,900 car rental locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), a diversified global provider of business and consumer services primarily within the travel and real estate sectors. For further information visit budget.com or cendant.com/media.

    Alice Pereira
    Senior Associate, Public Relations
    Cendant Car Rental Group
    6 Sylvan Way
    Parsippany, NJ 07054

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