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Old 06-07-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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Rental car rewards program

Hi all,

I'm starting to travel more for work and would like any input on the best rental car rewards programs (Hertz, AVIS, etc).

Thanks in advance

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Old 06-07-2007, 08:43 PM   #2
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There don't seem to be any raelly fabulous ones. Avis offers a coupon for one free rental day after you've rented for 15 days, the coupon is good for about 4 months, so that limits the deal somewhat. Plus, they'll throw in a free upgrade occassionally. They also give you iTunes credits--I think it works out to slightly less than one song per day of rental, which is kinda nice. Many of the rental car companies will credit your favorite airline program for frequent flyer miles (one mile per dollar spent), but this is really peanuts, and many charge you a buck or two to cover their admin costs for doing it.

Of course, rent using a credit card that offers some type of reward, and that offers good insurance coverage for the rental car. That saves a lot on the ripoff policies they sell at the counter

If you are paying for the car with your own money, skip the loyalty reward programs and just go for the best price. One benefit of going with the lower-tier folks (e.g. Enterprise, Budget, etc)--they tend to have fewer cars on the lot in the smaller locales. If they don't have the type of car you reserved, you'll get a nicer one. That has happened to me often with Enterprise, but far less often with Avis.

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Old 06-07-2007, 10:09 PM   #3
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I have found that none of the rental car perks are any good. Not like the hotels and airlines ... free stays and flights. Right on about the 'free' coupon. If you rent often enough Hertz used to make sure I got upgraded for free and also was the amused to get those GPS's before we knew what a GPS was.... (about 13- 14 years ago).... I almost wreaked the car a few times looking at the screen ....
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:43 AM   #4
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I just have mine pour over points into my American AAdvantage account.

That being said, Hertz gold is really nice. It's great having your car waiting for you.
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