Just in time for the holiday travel rush, FlightCar is expanding to the Los Angeles airport. The why-don't-you-rent-out-your-car-while-you're-away carsharing service started in San Francisco and is also available in Boston. Now the money-making scheme will be on offer at the world's sixth-busiest airport, which could mean lots of potential customers. Especially since you can now get information through the new FlightCar smartphone app, which launched yesterday.
FlightCar is trying to calculate a big unknown: how much is it worth to someone to make their vehicle available to strangers, even if said vehicle doesn't actually get rented (and thus brings in no money to FlightCar). Apparently, the number is somewhere between $150 and $400. The company started small, with an offer of free airport parking in San Francisco, as long as you let others drive your car when you are out of town. Now comes the bigger deal: paying you to make your car available to rent