Avis First non-upgrades

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  1. DiverDave
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    So I pick up my car at SAT on Friday. I paid for a full size car, they have a full size car for me. This is with a lot full of all kinds of vehicles.

    I finally talk my way into a Ford Escape, which is decent.

    I know upgrades are "when available", but it seems they are never available until I start whining.

    I mean why does it have to be so hard? I am thinking of getting the Continental PP card, and seeing if being a Presidents Club member would make a difference. If it doesn't, I guess I may just start pricelining my personal rentals.

    David
     
  2. rajuabju
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    Avis is known to not give out upgrades frequently to First members. I used to be a First member, I was upgraded less than 5% of the time. Only at OAK, where for a while I rented every 2-3 weeks for about a year and the staff got to know me, did I get upgrades with any level of frequency.

    IMO, the only real benefit of First over the standard "Preferred" is the weekend rental coupons every now and then.
     
  3. gba
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    I've generally found that upgrades are more likely when you start with a more expensive car to begin with (because there are fewer reservations for the nicer care). Without prompting, I was upgraded from an Intermediate to a very nice Buick Lacerne at SJC last week, and I had decent luck getting an Intermediate SUV when renting at CMH...but in general, I've felt options were pretty limited without asking/begging, especially for those who are picking up cars on Sunday night or Monday morning.
     
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    I was disappointed to find out my AMEX Platinum card only received Preferred status with Avis/Budget. Same status I had as a Company employee.
     
  5. German Expat
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    Get the Continental Presidents Plus cards. It will come with Presidents Club membership (at least according to the Chase web site). I don't have it but plan to get it when my current RCC membership expires (if they still offer it by then).
    I am currently also Avis First and it is useless for upgrades. I did get as many or as little upgrades before I made First. Also no international recognition at all.
     
  6. so much for getting excited about my recent upgrade to first :-( I've gotten an intermediate car to full size or SUV every time without asking since I got first a couple weeks ago @ ABE, but I'm thinking that just might be because its a smaller location?
     
  7. USAF_Pride
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    Can you honestly ever use those coupons?
     
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    I am usually upgraded to an SUV (I reserve Full Size). Usually I get the newest car as well. I am very happy with Avis' program. I am Avis First and rent 1-2 times per week.
     
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    Yes - whenever I take a trip and need a car. Reservation is good Thursday to Monday for a full size car outside of the NY Metro Area (my home).

    So I'm a bit confused by your comment. The cars are not inventory controlled or anything...:confused:
     

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