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Earlier this year Avis notified holders of the United Club Card that their Avis President’s Club status would be downgraded to Avis First effective April.
Avis President’s Club is a great deal – it offers complimentary 2 car class upgrades all the way up to luxury level, and Avis is pretty good about getting President’s Club members in some of its best cards, even the occasional BMW or Mercedes on the lot.
But Avis First is less of a deal – it’s a basic renters program and offers a space available 1 car class upgrade, and reports are the upgrades are not terribly exciting or reliable. Quite simply, there are many, many more Avis First members than there are President’s Club members.
This is a big downgrade in benefits for holders of the new United Club Card. Sure the $395 fee gets you full United Club access (up to a $500 value), but for frequent renters this was a great perk no other card came close to matching.
But what about the United Presidential Plus card? This was the predecessor to the United Club Card, and while it’s no longer accepting new applicants, existing cardholders are able to keep the card it as before.
Well according to reports on FlyerTalk the Presidential Plus cardholders *still* have Avis President’s Club level status. So if you have one of these cards, and value the status, do *not* attempt to ‘upgrade’ to the United Club Card, or you’ll lose that benefit.
If you have a United Club Card unfortunately you are out of luck, but a complaint to Chase and United might be worthwhile.
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