American Airlines has sent out a pretty nice promotion for customers who are planning on renting a car – up to 7,500 AAdvantage miles when you rent a car from Avis. Rental car companies often give miles or points in your preferred airline or hotel program when renting a car, but this is certainly one of the best offers that have been around.
Earn 7,500 AAdvantage Miles With Avis
The promotion for rentals runs through July 15th. It is a tiered promotion, so you get a set amount of miles based on the amount of days you rent for. It breaks down like this:
From a price and award standpoint, it really starts to get good for rentals past 5 days. A rental contract “week” normally starts at the 5 day mark and weekly contracts are (mostly) much better than a daily rate. Plus, if you keep a car for a minimum of 7 days, you will get the full 7,500 miles!
How To Get It
To get this promo, all you need to do is to click on this link. It will already have the rate code and coupon code in the correct boxes so you just need to fill in the rest of the information – including your AA number! The AWD number (or rate code) is K817187 and the coupon code is MUAA036.
Is It Worth It?
Many times, the rate codes necessary to take advantage of a bonus mile deal do not really give you the best of rates. However, I searched using my personal rate code, without a rate code, and this offer’s rate code and the AA offer rate is the same as my personal rate. In other words, using their rate code is actually giving you a better deal than if you were to rent directly from Avis without using a rate code.
I searched a few different dates and found some pretty great rental deals. One of the best was a rate of of $122 (before tax) for a subcompact for a week. If you value AA miles at around 1.5 cents per mile, that would put your effective rate for the rental car at $7 (before tax) when you figure in the value of the miles. That is not bad at all! This could even be a price point that might make you rent a car so you can get some extra miles! 🙂
The only bad thing about using this rate is that it is not eligible for the prepaid discount. If you like to prepay your rentals, you can chop off another part of the cost (in the above case, an extra $13). For me, my plans often change and I do not like to be locked into a car rental so it does not bother me.
So, if you have a rental coming up before July 15th, I would definitely go with this offer. If you do not have a rental coming up but have some good rates near you, it may even be worth it to sign up anyway. You will get a rental car to use for a low cost and get some pretty great AAdvantage miles.
Have fun with it!