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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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 Avis.com.
  • 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.

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You can now get 3000 to 5000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles for rentals at participating Avis & Budget airport locations in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid from July 19th to August 31st, 2012.

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Avis American Airlines Bonus Miles –Coupon Code MUAA035

You can get 3000 miles for Avis rentals of 1 to 2 days and 5000 miles for 3 days or longer. You need to use coupon code MUAA035 at the time of making the reservation. You do not have to use AA’s discount code to be eligible for the bonus miles, but you have to make sure that the AWD that you use IS eligible for mileage accrual. Some corporate AWD’s are not eligible for mileage accrual.

Budget American Airlines Bonus Miles – Coupon Code MUAZ025

Budget has a similar deal but for lower bonus miles. For rentals of 1 to 2 days you can get 1000 bonus AAdvantage miles and for rentals of 3 days or longer 3000 bonus miles. You need to use a coupon code MUAZ025 when making the reservation. As with Avis, you don’t have to use AA’s BCD. Just make sure that the BCD that you use IS eligible for mileage accrual.

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The catch here is that there is no list of airport locations in the United States and Canada that participate to this promotion.

I have participated in the past for these promotions from both Budget and Avis. I was surprised to find out that i.e. the Budget or Avis LAX location, cannot remember which one, is not corporate owned and thus doesn’t participate to any of these. I only founded this out after the bonus miles didn’t show up. Make sure that the coupon code is on file when you make the reservation and your American Airlines frequent flier number.

The total number of miles that you earned from the rental should show on your receipt that you get at the time of return.

Conclusion

This is a great bonus miles promotion for American Airlines AAdvantage members that rent from Avis or Budget. Just make sure that the discounted rate that you are using is eligible for the miles and that the airport location that you renting from is participating.

Here the terms and conditions of the Avis version of this promotion:

  • 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of minimum one day, maximum two consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAA035 to get this offer.
  • 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of 3 consecutive days or more at participating Avis airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAA035 to get this offer.
  • Offer valid for rentals between July 18,2012 and August 31, 2012.
  • AAdvantage number must be mentioned at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn AAdvantage bonus miles.
  • Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for AAdvantage bonus miles to post to the AAdvantage member’s account.
  • Bonus miles offer valid on all car groups.
  • 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 35% applies to the time and mileage charges only. Use AWD K817165 to receive this discount.
  • 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 Avis.com.
  • Car rental return restrictions may apply.
  • Offer subject to change without notice.
  • 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.

Here the terms and conditions of the Budget version of this promotion:

  • 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of minimum one day, maximum two consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAZ025 to get this offer.
  • 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of 3 consecutive days or more at participating Budget airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAZ025 to get this offer.
  • Offer valid for rentals between July 18, 2012 and August 31, 2012.
  • AAdvantage number must be mentioned at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn AAdvantage bonus miles.
  • AAdvantage miles offer valid on all car groups.
  • Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for AAdvantage bonus miles to post to the AAdvantage member’s account.
  • An advance reservation is required.
  • Offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your BCD discount.
  • The savings of up to 30% applies to the time-and-mileage charges only. Use BCD U072411.
  • 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 ($29.99/day or less except in Louisiana $49.99/day) 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.
  • Car rental return restrictions may apply.
  • Offer subject to change without notice.
  • Renter must meet Budget age, driver and credit requirements.
  • Minimum rental age may vary by location.
  • An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.

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Word of warning. Avis run a similar promotion last year and it was very difficult for many to get the miles that they were due from Avis. If you decide to participate to this offer, make sure that you follow the Terms and conditions to the letter, and keep copies of reservations/receipts until you have the miles posted in to your account.

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To get the 50000 bonus miles you need to have 6 rentals each of 3 days or longer between April 1st and 30th of September 2012. The reservations need to have the Flying Blue AWD number that depends of your Flying Blue status and your Flying Blue number.

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Please note that you can probably get lower rates from Avis using various discount codes that are not eligible for this offer. Last year, I was looking to participate, but it just wouldn’t work for me. The rates were too high using the Flying Blue codes compared to other ones that I was eligible for. Obviously this depends where you rent and which discount codes you are eligible for.

If the rates are competitive using the Flying Blue discount codes, it makes sense to rent using them. Although Flying Blue charger very high fuel surcharges even on award tickets, the miles can come handy at time.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer: [click to continue...]

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We now have the details of the deals for the first two weeks of the Discover America. These are brought by the US Travel Association and American Express. You can use any credit card to pay, but you will receive 10% discount if paid using American Express branded card.

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Having a quick look there really aren’t any “deals” that I would need to participate in the first two weeks.

Here are three deals that are worth having a look:

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1. Priority Club point packages on April 8th

InterContinental Group is selling 10K points for $67, 40K points for $267 & 25K points for $167. You can buy Priority Club points any day by doing cash + money redemption for $60 per 10K Priority Club points. Canceling the reservation doesn’t reverse the point transaction, however.

The benefit of buying Priority Club points through Discover America is that these points will count toward the elite qualification. You can make a Priority Club Platinum by buying 60K points.

2. Avis Chairman’s Club Membership for $1115

This can come handy if you are doing lot of airport rentals. This membership includes an airport drop off and delivery. This could truly be a timesaver. I was actually contemplating buying this membership the other year as I used to rent a lot from Avis.

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3. Marriott Travel Cards at 20% Discount When Paid Using Amex

Marriott tends to run promotions for buying Marriott gift cards with number of airlines. You usually get a 10% discount or 10% premium and airline miles. When bought directly from Marriott, you do get the bonus points for buying the card using Marriott branded credit cards. If you buy it from Discover America, the purchase is not coded as Marriott and you lose the bonus points for Marriott purchases.

Marriott has sometimes run promotions that are tied to a type of credit card the bill is used to settle. Marriott Gift cards used to be Visa’s, but no longer. Just a thing to keep in mind.