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UFCW Member Snags Deluxe Wheels for Miami Trip

When Joshua Wilkins, a UFCW Local 700 member, was looking to extend a trip to South Florida and needed a rental car, he turned to the Union Plus Car Rental program and saved hundreds of dollars. Union members can save up to 25% at six of the top car rental companies, including Avis, Budget and Hertz, which have union employees at many locations.


For Joshua Wilkins, the vacation was long-awaited. Headed to Florida for a family wedding, the UFCW Local 700 member was keen on extending his time to take a trip with his friends. Their destination? Miami. 

Wilkins heads up the dairy section of a Kroger grocery in suburban Indianapolis. He also serves as a union rep at the store and stays politically active with his local. 

The biggest challenge for trip-leader Wilkins was figuring out how he was going to afford a rental car. 

“I was looking one night and then it hit me – I went to unionplus.org,” recalls Wilkins. 

Working with the Hertz agent he contacted through the Union Plus website, Wilkins was able to get an initial discount that took hundreds of dollars off a large SUV for the week. Then the agent had an idea – why not simply rent a full-sized car and join Hertz Gold Plus Rewards? 

“It was an amazing move,” says Wilkins. “I was able to obtain an additional $400 in savings by taking the agent’s advice, and when I got to Miami, I upgraded to a GMC Yukon XL that I rented at $800 for the entire week. My friends were blown away.” 

Wilkins and his buddies used the vehicle to get explore deeper parts of the Everglades to see alligators, visit Little Havana and tool around South Beach for the night life. 

“The trip was epic, and we had such a great time,” Wilkins reminisces.  

Union Plus Car Rental rates are available exclusively to current and retired union members and their families. Visit unionplus.org/carrental to explore your options and start planning your next vacation.

 

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