Budget Car Rental and Best Western Announce New Loyalty Partnership

Budget Car Rental and Best Western Announce New Loyalty Partnership

PARSIPPANY, N.J. and PHOENIX, Nov. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Budget Car
Rental and Best Western International, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY^®,
have signed a new multi-year partnership agreement to provide the more than 15
million members of Best Western's global loyalty program the opportunity to
earn points when they rent a car from Budget.

Best Western International,
Inc.

In addition, as part of the new affiliation, Best Western Rewards members will
receive money-saving offers from Budget via email and direct-marketing
efforts. Budget will also be featured as a partner on the hotel brand's
newly-designed website, bestwestern.com.

"Marketing our products and services to Best Western's loyal customer base
will drive incremental bookings," said Stephen Wright, vice president of
global travel and partnerships, Avis Budget Group. "At the same time, Best
Western Rewards members will benefit from preferred partner pricing and have a
great experience when they rent from Budget."

Best Western Rewards members can earn points on Budget rentals in the United
States, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. To kick-off the
partnership, Best Western Rewards members who rent a Budget vehicle through
June 30, 2013 can also earn bonus points. For more information, visit
bestwestern.com.

"This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for Best Western and Budget to
create value for our most loyal customers," said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice
president of marketing and sales for Best Western International. "Best Western
Rewards members can enjoy savings on their rentals and a new way to earn
points."

About Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is one of the industry's most generous rewards programs.
It has the lowest redemption thresholds for awards, and is one of few loyalty
programs that is truly international. With more than 4,000* locations in 100*
countries, Best Western makes it easy for members to earn points that can be
redeemed for global free room nights with no blackout dates, the Best Western
Travel Card^®, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards,
airline/partner rewards and more. Best Western's Status Match...No Catch^®
program will match members' elite status in any other hotel loyalty program
free of charge. Consumers who are not members of Best Western Rewards can sign
up for the free program at www.bestwestern.com/rewards.

About Best Western International, Inc.

Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a
privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* Best Western^®, Best
Western Plus^® and Best Western Premier^® hotels in more than 100* countries
and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 66 years of hospitality, Best
Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western
provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and
promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 15
million travelers are members of the brand's award-winning loyalty program
Best Western Rewards^®, one of the few programs in which members earn points
that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The
brand's partnerships with AAA/CAA, racecar driver Michael Waltrip, and
Harley-Davidson^® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the
brand. Best Western in 2011 was named AAA's and CAA's Hotel Partner of the
Year and bestwestern.com was named the 2011 Compuware Best of the Web Gold
award winner. For more information or to make a reservation, please
www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate.

The Best Western International, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=15918

About Budget

Budget Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with more
than 3,000 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader
in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also
operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States,
through a network of more than 2,100 locations. Budget is owned by Avis Budget
Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the
world. For further information, visit www.budget.com.

The Budget Car Rental logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=15917

CONTACT: Alice Pereira
         Budget Car Rental
         973.496.6113
         alice.pereira@avisbudget.com
        
         Todd Sommers
         Best Western International
         602.957.5750
         todd.sommers@bestwestern.com

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