I was able to locate a better alternative offer of 1,500 AAdvantage miles for rentals of 3+ days with AVIS. In addition, the Budget offer of up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles is still available for cars picked up by September 30, 2012.
If you happen to need a car before November 30, 2012 and can find an attractive rate with AVIS or Budget, earning some extra bonus AAdvantage miles might still not be such a bad thing (considering how you’d normally only get 50 miles per day)!
Let me go over the four best possible scenarios quickly.
The AVIS and Budget rental car promotion I posted in July was supposed to expire today (August 31, 2012), but it has been extended to September 15, 2012. The offer link in my original post still works and reflects the new offer expiration date. You just need to begin your rental by September 15, 2012.
In addition, there is a similar but BETTER Budget promotion going on now until September 30, 2012. You can earn as many as 10,000 AAdvantage miles, as long as your rental begins by September 30, 2012.
Rather than put the 100+ miles on our own car, I booked a car with AVIS for the day to take advantage of the 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles promotion. This was my first time renting from AVIS, and I was surprised to discover the $4.05 frequent flyer (“FF”) surcharge on my final receipt.
Until about two weeks ago, I had been watching rental car prices for an upcoming two-day trip during Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, my usually trusty Hertz was not giving me the bargains I’d normally get; instead it was telling me that I had to settle for an all inclusive rate of ~$120 for two days.
A quick look on carrentals.com showed me that Budget was offering an all-in rate of ~$80; a quick Google search for Budget coupons led me to a random working discount code marked for “25% off.” I had no idea what that coupon was for, but it gave me an all-in rate of $42.22 (base rate of $12/day)! I could also cancel the booking any time, should Hertz decide to redeem itself.
The Budget confirmation email came, and I realized that the discount code was for USAA members. I have never rented a car from Budget before; do I have to show proof of a USAA membership? Instead of letting myself feel a bit uneasy and hoping for the best, I went on the official USAA website. The short and quick conclusion is that you DON’T have to be associated with the military to become a USAA member. Getting a membership can be done online for free in just a few minutes!
Two of our dear friends are flying to Niagara Falls for their 3rd wedding anniversary today. As loyal Avis and AA fans, they casually mentioned that they were getting 500 AA miles for their 3-day Avis rental. Unable to convert them over to Hertz with a $30 discount, I set out to see if I could find them a better deal with Avis. A quick Google search led me to a current promotion that almost sounded too good to be true!
Key Difference from Last Year: some merchants offer a pre-sale that starts at noon ET (1 hour before the normal sale starts at 1pm ET). All you have to do is to like the merchants’ Facebook pages, and find a code posted on their wall on the morning of the sale for access to the presale from Noon to 1 PM ET.
Additional 10% off Published Prices: use an American Express card (prepaid or gift cards work as well).
Limited Quantities: hot deals can sell out within minutes, so be ready to jump on them.
Validity: for deals you are interested in, make sure you check the validity/expiration dates and any other restrictions.