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EFFECTIVE 4/1/13, ALL PRESIDENT’S CLUB MEMBERS VIA THE UNITED CLUB CARD WILL BE DOWNGRADED TO AVIS FIRST STATUS. THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB BENEFIT WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERED. Read more here.
Avis President’s Club is an invitation-only elite program for car rentals, currently available to holders of the prestigious Centurion (Black) Card from American Express, or…for the rest of us…the United Mileage Plus Club or Presidential Plus credit cards from Chase. They also offers access to all United Club lounges.
Here is what Avis President’s Club status offers…
Anecdotally, people who use the President’s Club status say they are pleased with the upgrades. Some report locations offering them the best vehicle on the lot, including Cadillacs and Infinitis. Your experience may vary, but the frequent travelers at FlyerTalk report good experiences — no guarantees of great cars every time — but experiences that are much better than renting at Avis without any sort of status. Here is a sampling of what they have to say:
“I was PC for a short bit. I regularly got upgraded from full-size to “luxury” (and I use that term loosely with Avis), specialty cars, or premium cars. Other than the upgrades, I can’t remember getting any special treatment… no welcome party, valet back to the airport, etc.”
“Routinely upgraded to Luxury class from Intermediate. Lots of Caddys, lots of SUVs. Of course, that also gets you Lincoln Town Cars and Mercury Grand Marquis (if there are any left) and Ford Crown Victorias… Boo.”
“I am used to be upgraded to Caddys from Full Size cars and also being given SUVs in the winter time. Last rental I got a brand new BMW 328i with I-Drive (which is really bad IMHO) from IAH, but the rental was appreciated.”
“I almost always receive an upgrade (2 class), and often if I speak to the desk I can talk myself into a speciality car. I absolutely love the guaranteed availability, I just used it this afternoon to book a car for 10 days. Every location within 50 miles was listed online as sold out. I called customer service, and they are arranging to have a full size car made available to be at the location of my preference. I have found that if I mention the magic words “President’s Club” I see hoops appear and employees start a jumpin'”
To enroll in President’s Club if you hold a United Mileage Plus Club or Presidential Plus credit card, go to this link.
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