In mid-February I first wrote about how Daily Getaways will be returning this year. For those of you not familiar, Daily Getaways is a promotion, sponsored by the US Travel Association, which has been offered annually since 2011 to encourage US tourism.
The promotion consists of all kinds of travel packages, including offers on car rentals, hotel stays, loyalty program points, and theme park admission. Last week I shared a preview of the promotions that are available this year, and this week the promotion formally kicked off. So far we’ve seen opportunities to purchase discounted Choice Privileges and IHG Rewards Club points.
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.
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, 2019, 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 business 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.
You can also buy Avis President’s Club status for $750, and there are 20 of those packages available. Prior to last year, 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.
This deal 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?