At San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California, for the first time ever, you can make money by leaving your car in a parking lot while you’re away. There’s only one catch – you have to let a complete stranger drive your car.
The company, FlightCar, was founded by former students from Harvard, Princeton, and MIT with the hope of improving airport parking and rental experiences for travelers. If you list your car, you are guaranteed free parking at their lot, and they provide personal transportation to and from the lot to airport.
Upon your return, if your car was lucky enough to be rented by a stranger, you receive a check. And no worries – if your car is not rented, you at least come back to a clean one (FlightCar will clean your car before anyone rents it).
Besides the benefit of earning money for listers, the interested renters who are 18 years of age should also listen up – with FlightCar, they can rent, too. The only limitation is that the only vehicles available to them must have a market value of less than $40,000.
Having complete strangers driving your car around town can cause anxiety for many, but if you’re uneasy about the safety of your baby, have no fear; FlightCar screens their renters to ensure they have demonstrated good driving records and meet the company’s standards. In addition, they have a comprehensive insurance policy as well as 24/7 Roadside Assistance.
This new service is currently only available at SFO, however, FlightCar is looking to expand to other airports; if you’re lucky, maybe to one near you.