We’re just starting the last week of Daily Getaways, which is a five week promotion intended to support US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.
I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two, and then separately the offers for weeks three, four, and five. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.
Today at 1PM ET Daily Getaways is selling Avis Chairman’s Club status, valid through May 31, 2017. There are a total of 15 packages available, and each costs $1,115.
What is Avis Chairman’s Club status?
I’ve never had Avis Chairman’s Club status, or any status with Avis for that matter. I hate using the major car rental companies with a passion; just about the only company I enjoy renting from is Silvercar.
That being said, based on everything I’ve heard, Avis Chairman’s Club is the single most valuable car rental status out there. It’s invitation only, without any published criteria for qualifying.
Here’s how Daily Getaways advertises the package:
- Through May 31, 2017, enjoy streamlined travel and personalized service from the airport to your car and back with Complimentary car delivery, Meet-and-Greet service, Upgrades, and Personal Return Valet service. An Avis representative will meet you and escort you directly to your waiting car and, on your return, he or she will take you right to your departure terminal.
- Making an unexpected trip? Don’t worry, Avis will always have a car for you, even if you don’t have a reservation. Avis provides exclusive service to Chairman’s Club members, including guaranteed car availability and complimentary upgrades (subject to availability) to the best car available when you reserve an intermediate-level car or higher.
- We’ll even deliver a car anywhere within 25 miles of participating Avis locations. It’s one of the most seamless and exclusive car rental experience available – and it’s only for Avis Chairman’s Club members. Thanks to a dedicated Avis Chairman’s Club desk and first-rate vehicles, you can always enjoy the ride with Chairman’s Club.
- Membership benefits available at participating locations in the U.S. and Canada.
This FlyerTalk thread extensively discusses the benefits of Chairman’s Club, for anyone who is interested. The most valuable benefits seem to include being dropped off at the airport in your rented car rather than having to take the bus, complimentary car delivery within 25 miles of an Avis station, refueling at the market cost, and as long as you book at least an intermediate car you get the best car on the lot, excluding signature cars.
On one hand $1,115 seems like a lot to spend on car rental status. At the same time, if you rent cars frequently, I could see this paying off relatively quickly. In the rare cases where I rent from an agency other than Silvercar, I sometimes pay $30-50 per day to upgrade to a non-piece of crap car, so when you factor in all the other benefits, the value of this status can quickly add up.
Part of the reason I hate renting cars so much is because of the overall experience, and it sure seems like that’s significantly better if you have Chairman’s Club status.
This is the only Daily Getaways package which offers car rental status, and there are only 15 packages available. Based on past years, I suspect this deal will sell out very quickly. While it’s not for everyone, I know people who have bought this package in the past and were very happy with their purchase. If you rent from Avis often enough, I could definitely see it being worthwhile.
Is anyone planning on buying Chairman’s Club status through Daily Getaways?