Update: The presale code for the Premium car certificates is: 6B6FE
At 1pm EDT tomorrow you can buy (If you like Avis on Facebook they will post a code in the morning on their wall good for presale access starting at 12pm EDT)
-520 Available: 1 day Avis Premium Car (group G) Rental Certificate. Expires 03/31/13, valid in the U.S. (excluding the New York Metro area), Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for $33 or $29.70 with an AMEX.
Some blackout dates do apply, but for a premium level car these are quite a good deal. You also don’t pay percentage taxes as the base rate is $0, but rental facility fees do apply when applicable.
-12 Available: Avis Chairman Elite Status valid through 07/31/13 for $1,115 or $1,003.50 with an AMEX.
With Avis Chairman you will be treated like true royalty whenever you rent.
As a Chairman you get the following benefits:
-The station manager meets you when you get off the shuttle bus and pulls up the best car on the lot to the front so you can be out within 60 seconds. Alternatively you can call ahead and have them bring the car to the terminal, but not all locations can do this.
-Rent a midsize and get the best car on the lot.
-Pay market rates on gas so you don’t need to fillup before returning.
-They will deliver and pickup a car anywhere within 25 miles of an Avis location for free.
-They will chauffeur you back to the terminal in your car so you don’t have to shlep your bags and wait for the shuttle bus.
-Guaranteed car even if the location is sold out.
So is it worth $1,000 for just over a year of Chairman’s status? Probably not unless you rent a whole lot.
I have lifetime Chairman’s status and it is the best travel status that I hold. I needed a big car after spending the night at the Sheraton LAX last week and they delivered a Tahoe right to the hotel lobby (a typical car for a Chairman at a decent location can be a G37, CTS, or 3 series BMW, etc.) In Palm Springs we no longer needed the hauling space and it’s been in the 80s and 90s and they were happy to trade it for a Camaro convertible. All for the price of an intermediate car.