Today Only: Buy Discounted Avis Car Rentals & Status

Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

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I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two. 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 you’ll have the opportunity to purchase discounted Avis rentals and status. Like many of the Daily Getaways offers this is pretty niche, but some will find it worthwhile.

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Avis one day rental vouchers for $30

Avis is selling one day rentals for $30. Each person can buy up to seven of these packages, and there are a total of 800 on sale. The rentals need to be consumed by May 15, 2018, and are valid at participating Avis locations in the US (excluding the New York metro area), Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. They’re valid for rentals of premium cars (Group G). When redeeming these certificates you’re still responsible for paying taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fees, customer facility charges, etc.

If you successfully buy one of these packages you’ll receive a paper voucher in the mail within 10 days, and can then make your booking online or by phone.

There are plenty of cities where you won’t really find car rentals for under $30 per day, where this can be an excellent deal. For example, weekday rentals at SFO are $80 plus tax for non pre-paid rentals, where this would be a great deal. Everyone can crunch the numbers for themselves.

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Avis President’s Club status for $750

You can also buy Avis President’s Club status for $750, and there are 20 of those packages available. Rather hilariously they clarify that you’re not actually buying President’s Club status, but rather are providing “support,” and get that benefit in exchange:

President’s Club is invitation-only and not available for purchase. We provide this benefit in exchange for your support.

In past years Avis sold Chairman’s Club status, which is their super top tier invitation only status level. President’s Club is one level below that. Here’s what they advertise as the benefits for President’s Club status:

Start your journey with a guaranteed car – Avis will always have a car for you, even when you don’t have a reservation. Avis also provides other exclusive services to President’s Club members, including a complimentary two-car-class upgrade (subject to availability), when you reserve an intermediate-level car or higher.

I don’t have any experience with this status, so can’t really speak much to it.

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Bottom line

This deal certainly isn’t for everyone, but I think buying Avis rentals for $30 per day could make a lot of sense, assuming you frequently redeem in expensive markets. I can’t quite make the math work on the President’s Club status, though, but maybe I’m missing something.

Anyone plan on taking advantage of Avis’ Daily Getaways promotion?

Comments

  1. I have President’s Club and hate it. It used to be great, but lately, I’ve just been getting bigger crappy cars as opposed to nicer cars. At the very least I used to get the same model car but upgraded with leather seats, auto temperature, etc. This year, when i rent a midsize, I get a base-model impala and when i rent an SUV i get a base model Ford or Chevy that doesn’t have any amenities at all. I have since switched to Hertz with President’s Circle and have been much happier.

    No one should waste their money on this.

  2. I agree with Dave. I’ve had Presidents Club for several years. Presidents Club used to be great with all-but guaranteed upgrades to whatever car I wanted on the lot from an intermediate. Now, trying to get anything more than a full-size is pulling teeth. I’ve had much better selection at National’s Executive Aisle. Don’t waste your money on Presidents Club.

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