I am new to the miles and points genre but am immersing myself, learning, and enjoying it tremendously! I've garnered a lot of helpful info from perusing Milepoint so thanks to all. Now to my question. Because of recent credit card sign up and status matching, I have Executive Elite status with National and President's Club with Avis. I've got a trip upcoming and have found better prices both on 3rd party sites and also on the car companies' sites but using IDs (i.e AWD) not affiliated with my elite status. My question is twofold - can I expect to receive elite benefits if I book through third party site or using alternate IDs. If not, is it more beneficial to pay a bit more and reap the benefits of elite status? Thanks to all who take the time to respond.