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Avis Preferred Rewards Program Overview

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With Avis Preferred, customers can enjoy rewards and benefits including faster reservations, rentals, and free upgrades. Customers will also earn points with every qualifying rental that can be redeemed for free car rental days or you can designate that you’d like to earn airline miles or hotel points instead. Whether you’re a leisure or business traveler, Avis Preferred Rewards will make your car rental experience easier and more rewarding. Basically, Avis Preferred is a rewards program based on the money you spend on car rentals. This article will break down how to take full advantage of the Avis Preferred Rewards program, how to achieve different tier levels of membership as well as redeeming points. Avis has 3 tiers offered in their rewards program and the higher your tier, the more benefits/perks will follow.

Avis Preferred

Avis Preferred, is the first tier offered in Avis’ car rental loyalty program. With Avis Preferred, you’ll earn points that can be used toward future rentals or exchanged for miles and points with Avis’ partners. Membership is free and as a rewards member you will earn a minimum of 100 points per rental. Additional benefits/perks include:

  • Ability to redeem points for rentals and accessories
  • Enjoy expedited service and go straight to your car at most locations
  • Save your rental preferences and track your activity/rewards
  • Receive exclusive monthly email offers

Typically, you will earn 1 point per dollar spent on car rentals and 2 points per dollar spent on accessories, examples include child seats, ski racks, etc. Additionally, you will earn 100 bonus points when you rent within the first three months of joining.

What Avis / Budget Group Says About Sustainability

“In 2020, we established a formal Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy, which chartered a 10- year plan that will see us achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. To reach this goal, we are focused on providing access to sustainable transportation options across the globe by collaborating with innovative partners and introducing electric vehicles at scale.” – Joseph Ferraro, President & CEO

Read more about Avis and their ESG strategy here.

Avis Preferred Plus

Avis Preferred Plus is the second tier offered in the Avis Preferred Rewards Program. In order to achieve this tier level you will need to accumulate 10 rentals or $4,000 spent in a 12 month period. Every January, Avis will review your rentals/dollars spent in a 12 month period and will determine either renewal or downgrade your tier level status. As a Preferred Plus member you will earn all the perks/benefits included in the Avis Preferred tier level as well as:

  • Free one-car class upgrade when reserving a midsize or above
  • Earn 1.25 points per every dollar spent on car rentals
  • Earn 2.5 points per every dollar spent on accessories

Avis President’s Club

The third and final published tier offered in the Avis Preferred Rewards program is the Avis President’s Club. In order to obtain this tier you will need to bank 20 rentals or spend $6,000 in a 12 month period. You will receive all the benefits offered in the two lower tiers as well as:

  • Free two car class upgrades when reserving midsize or above
  • Guaranteed car up to a full size with a confirmed 24 hour advanced reservation
  • Upgraded support phone number
  • Earn 1.5 points per dollar spent on car rentals
  • Earn 3 points per dollar spent on accessories

Avis Preferred points will expire under two circumstances: 1st – if your account has no activity in a 12 month period. 2nd – over a 60 month timeframe, if you do not use any points they will expire.

Redeem Avis Preferred Points

Redeeming points for rewards with the Avis Preferred program is quite simple. In order to redeem free car rentals you will need a minimum of 700 points and for accessories you will need a minimum of 250 points. Note, Avis has no blackout dates when redeeming points for a free rental. Avis rewards are grouped into four levels based on the standard base rate, car class and location of your rental. Standard base rate does not include any Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD), special rates, or any other offers. See the chart below for a more in depth breakdown of Avis Reward days.

REWARD DAY LEVELSTANDARD BASE RATEPOINTS PER DAY
LEVEL 1UP TO $50700
LEVEL 2$50.01 – $851400
LEVEL 3$85.01 – $1252100
LEVEL 4$125.01 – $2253500
Source: Avis.com

Airline Partners

As an Avis Preferred member you have the option to earn airline points/miles in lieu of Avis points. Avis has a list of partnership’s with 61 airlines. I have selected some of the partnered airlines to show you how many points you will receive per rental. For the entire list of airline partners associated with Avis, click the following link, Avis Airline Partners.

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will earn: 1,250 miles per rental for Mileage Plan members with MVP Gold 75K or MVP Gold 100K status. 1,000 miles per rental for Mileage Plan members with MVP or MVP Gold status or 500 miles per rental for all other Mileage Plan members. Discounts are also available when members provide their Alaska Airlines Mileage plan/Avis Worldwide discount number K197800.
  • American Airlines AAdvantage members will earn: 2 base miles per dollar spent with each qualifying rental. You will also earn 3 base miles per dollar spent on Avis car rentals with – Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers and AAdvantage® Aviator® Mastercard® cardmembers without AAdvantage® status. AAdvantage Platinum and Gold members will earn 4 base points per dollar spent on Avis rentals and AAdvantage Platinum pro and Executive Platinum members will earn 5 base points per dollar spent on rentals.
  • Frontier Airlines members will earn: 50 Frontier miles per rental day on all qualifying rentals or 500 miles on qualifying rentals of 5 or more days. Discounts are also available whenever members provide their Frontier Miles number/Avis Worldwide discount number K850100.
  • JetBlue TrueBlue members will earn: 100 points per rental day (up to 5 days) on all qualifying rentals at participating airport rental locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discounts are also available when members provide their TrueBlue/Avis Worldwide discount number H798500.
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards members will earn: 600 Rapid Reward points per rental. Plus, members can receive discounts if you provide your Southwest Rapid Rewards/Avis Worldwide discount number K024700.
  • Spirit Airlines: Free Spirit members can earn 50 Free Spirit miles on rentals 4 days or less, OR 500 Free Spirit miles on rentals over 5 days, at participating Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Members can also save up to 35% off when they provide their Free Spirit/Avis Worldwide Discount number K376500.
  • United MileagePlus members will earn: 500 base miles per rental. Chase card members will earn 750 base miles per rental. Premier® Silver and Premier Gold members can earn 1,000 base miles per rental and Premier Platinum and Premier 1K® members earn 1,250 base miles per rental. Additional discounts are available when members provide their MileagePlus Avis Worldwide discount number A791500.

Hotel Partners

As an Avis Preferred member you also have the option of earning hotel points instead of Avis points. The hotel partners list is much smaller than Avis’ airline partners, but none the less, holds more value to some of our readers than others. Below you will see the breakdown of each hotel partner associated with Avis and the points earned per rental.

  • All-Accor live limitless: Earn 125 ALL Reward Points per day for rentals between 1-6 days OR 150 ALL Reward Points per day for rentals of 7 days or more on all qualifying rentals. Discounts are also available when members provide you ALL-Accor Live Limitless/Avis Worldwide Discount number C285900.
  • Best Western Rewards: Earn 1,000 Best Western Rewards points per rental on all qualifying rentals. Discounts are also available when members provide their Best Western/Avis Worldwide Discount number K850880.
  • Choice Hotels: Earn 1,000 Choice Privileges points per rental on qualifying rentals. Discounts are also available when members provide their Choice Privileges Avis Worldwide discount number 0418900.
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts: Earn 500 World of Hyatt Bonus Points per rental on qualifying rentals. Discounts are available when members provide their World of Hyatt/Avis Worldwide discount number K817700.
  • Nordic Choice Club:  Nordic Choice Club members earn 500 points per qualifying rental.
  • Wyndham Hotels and Resorts: Members will earn 100 Wyndham Rewards points per rental on qualifying rentals. Members can also earn discount when they provide their Wyndham Rewards/Avis Worldwide discount number K969100.

Avis QuickPass

QuickPass allows you to skip the counter at most airport locations and while you don’t need to be a Preferred member to use the QuickPass app, only Preferred members get to skip the counter.

Conclusion

Avis Preferred Rewards is a benefical program for frequent Avis customers. With its exclusive discounts, Preferred points, and special offers, Avis Preferred Rewards is a way to save money on car rentals while also earning rewards. Whether you are a business traveler or vacationer, Preferred Rewards can make your car rental experience more convenient. Is it the best car rental rewards program, no. However, it does give the customer the option to gain additional hotel points/airlines miles on car rental transactions and at the same time allows you to earn a higher tier level status which will open the door to additional perks.

Editorial Note: Information and opinions articulated in this article are solely those of the author’s, not those of a credit card company, bank, airline or hotel chain. This article has not been reviewed or approved by or otherwise endorsed by any of these companies or organizations.

Travis is a Senior Editor at Miles Junkie. An avid outdoorsman, you'll see him shredding the slopes of Colorado in the winter and cutting rounds to heat his home in the national forests during the summer. He lives with his wife and three dogs in southwest Colorado.

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