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Here are five seven reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions March 21

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Avis has extended the popular Club Carlson up to 10,000 points rental offers until December 31, 2015. These offers were set to expired at the end of 2014.

Avis Club Carlson 9,000 - 10,000 Bonus Points

Note that you don’t have to use the Club Carlson discount AWD number G639300 when making the reservations. You do, however, must use the coupon code assigned to the promotions. Some corporate and other discount offers may not allow you to earn partner miles/points with the rentals. [click to continue…]

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Avis has a separate offer for Club Carlson members that can earn total of 9,000 (750 base + 8,250 bonus) Gold Points for rentals of 3 or more days starting on or before December 31, 2014.

Avis Club Carlson Up To 9,000 Gold Points December 31 2014

You must use coupon code MUHA0021 at the time of making the reservation to trigger the bonus for airport rentals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. [click to continue…]

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Avis has made the richest car rental bonus mile offer that I have seen for a while for American Airlines AAdvantage members that can earn up to 7,500 bonus miles per rental through July 15, 2014. These are in addition to the base miles you get.

Avis American Airlines AAdvantage Up To 7,500 Bonus Miles Offer

You must use a special coupon code MUAA036  and have your American Airlines frequent flier number recorded on your Avis profile or at the time of rental. [click to continue…]

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U.S. Travel Association has now released the Daily Getaway for the entire five week period. I wrote about the first two weeks the other day (access here) and here are the weeks three to five.

US Travel Association Daily Getaways

As usually, you can save extra 10% by paying using an American Express credit card and all the prices mentioned below are BEFORE this discount. [click to continue…]

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United sent out an email for rental car offer for both Hertz and Avis. You can choose between up to 1500 bonus United miles or $30 flight credit on car rentals of 7 days or longer between now and April 30, 2013. You can access this offer on United’s website here.


The number of bonus miles or TravelBank dollars that is dependent of the time of the car rental: [click to continue…]

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Flying Blue Avis Accumulator is back for 2013. You can earn total of 50K bonus miles for 6 rentals of 3 days or longer between April 1 and December 31, 2013.


You have to follow the rules of this promotion very carefully in order to get the miles and make absolute sure that you save all the receipts. You may have to contact Avis or Flying Blue (or very likely both) after the promotion period is over to get the miles posted. [click to continue…]

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Avis has had very good offers for Club Carlson members. They just retired a similar offer for 9,000 points, but launched a new one for 7,500 points. You will earn 6750 bonus points in addition to the base points of 750. This one is valid until December 31, 2013. You need to book using a coupon number MUHA018. You can access the offer page here.


Make sure that you choose Carlson Hotels – Gold Points as a partner when you make the reservation and include your Gold Points number to the reservation as well. When you return your car, at least in the United States, the receipt that you get should show the number of points you have earned from the rental including the bonus points.

This promotion is valid, according to the copy, at participating locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

The problem is that Avis doesn’t publish a list of locations that have decided not to participate to this promotion.

The offer also includes an AWD G639300 that can (probably rarely) discount your rate for up to 25%. You can use other discount codes with this coupon, but make sure that the AWD you are using is eligible for earning miles/points. There are corporate deals that exclude miles/points for greater discount instead.

There are quite a few blackout dates as well.


This promotion may work for you if you are collecting Club Carlson Gold Points and the rates that you get from Avis are competitive. Make sure that the location that you are renting from is a participating property for this promotion.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Offer valid on a qualifying rental of three or more consecutive days at participating Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Mention coupon number MUHA018 to receive bonus points.
  • Bonus Gold Points are in addition to the base points you receive each time you rent with Avis. 7,500 total Gold Points offer reflects 6,750 bonus points plus 750 base points earned.
  • Provide your Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or rental.
  • An advance reservation is required.
  • Offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your AWD discount.
  • The savings of up to 25% applies to the time-and-mileage charges only.
  • Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges ($10/contract in CA) and fuel charges are extra.
  • Optional items such as LDW ($35.99/day or less) and other surcharges may apply and are extra.
  • Offer is subject to vehicle availability at the time of rental and may not be available on some rates at some times, including some online rates at
  • Car rental return restrictions may apply.
  • Offer subject to change without notice.
  • Holiday and other blackout periods may apply.
  • Blackout dates for Asia: Blackout dates apply.
  • Blackout dates for Australia: 12/20/12 – 12/31/12, 3/29/13 – 4/28/13, 6/21/13 – 7/21/13, 9/20/13 – 10/6/13 and 12/20/13 – 12/31/13.
  • Blackout dates for Africa, Europe and the Middle East: 12/14/12 – 1/3/13, 3/23/13 – 4/7/13, 7/1/13 – 8/31/13 and 12/13/13 – 12/31/13.
  • Blackout dates for the Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico: 12/15/12 – 1/6/13, 2/15/13 – 2/24/13, 3/22/13 – 3/31/13, 7/1/13 – 8/31/13 and 12/15/13 – 12/31/13.
  • Blackout dates for New Zealand: 12/20/12 – 1/4/13, 2/11/13 – 2/22/13 and 12/20/13 – 12/31/13.
  • Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum rental age may vary by location. An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.
  • Points accrual structure subject to change.
  • Rental must begin by December 31, 2013.