FlightCar, a company that brokers rentals of privately owned cars at the airport, has launched a program to attract more business travelers.

Business travelers, while paying a parking fee of $15 per day, can rent their cars out to incoming travelers for 50 cents per driven mile.

The leisure product offers free parking and pays up to 20 cents a mile.

“While many of our car-sharing customers love the option of free airport parking, we’ve had a lot of requests from members who are business travelers for an additional option to get cheap parking rates, yet a higher mileage reimbursement,” said Rujul Zaparde, FlightCar CEO and founder.

“So, we are answering the demand and giving frequent business travelers who treat their parking as a business expense an opportunity to turn their unused vehicle parked at the airport into a personal revenue generator.”

As with leisure travelers, FlightCar insures the vehicle in question for as much as $1 million and shuttles all parties via town car between the airport and the parking lot.

FlightCar operates out of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston airports.

Founded in 2012 by three high school students who’d been admitted to Ivy League schools but put them off to launch the business, FlightCar has garnered more than 13,000 members since debuting in San Francisco last February.

The company, whose investors include Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, has been in a legal battle with San Francisco International Airport, which has said FlightCar violates airport policy by paying neither the gross profit percentage nor the $20-per-transaction fee that other car rental companies pay.

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