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Avis Offers up to 3,250 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Per Rental


Aeroplan is the official frequent flyer program of Air Canada (a member of Star Alliance) until June 30, 2020, when Air Canada will again launch its own frequent flyer program. The AutoSlash team uses Aeroplan miles from time-to-time, primarily to avoid the $75 last-minute award redemption fee on United Airlines. As we consistently focus on saving money on all of our travel, it would appear that an offer to earn up to 3,250 Aeroplan miles on an Avis rental as short as two days is a great deal. In practice, the deal can fall anywhere on the spectrum from horrible to fantastic.

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Budget and Enterprise Offer Competing Arizona Drive-Out Specials

Sedona Arizona Drive

The annual rental car spring migration from winter havens Florida and Arizona to elsewhere in the country is about to begin but renters can take advantage of promotional offers by booking now. We've already posted about the two declared offers from sister companies Alamo and Enterprise, plus Budget's response, to get vehicles out of Florida (Hertz Global Holdings -- Dollar, Hertz, and Thrifty -- have no "published" offer but frequently have similar rates). Florida's the big opportunity; many more rentals get relocated to Florida for the winter snowbird and tourist seasons and drive-out rates in the spring are thus cheaper (more cars to move). There's also a lesser migration of rental cars out of Arizona to not Arizona; Budget and Enterprise have competing (but not too competitive) offers to incentive renters to drive a few cars one-way from that state -- it cheaper than having a professional car transporter do so! Budget's offer has strength in more vehicle types, while Enterprise's offer has more eligible pickup cities, a great number of destinations, and some exceptions where far lower rates are available!

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The World's Most Congested Cities -- Where Renters don't Get to Test the Rental's Capabilities

LA Traffic

Each year, mobility firm INRIX releases a Global Traffic Scorecard ranking over 1,360 world cities (on all continents except Antarctica and Australia) in terms of traffic. Obviously, this is a list where one doesn't want to score highly! Yet one U.S. City -- the City of Angels -- has managed to rank Number 1 for six consecutive years. So when LADOT has a link on their homepage of "What Does LADOT Do?", we came up with a number of suitable (but some not printable) responses! And what does a renter do if stuck in one of these cities? Well, sit in traffic like every other commuter!

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Budget Offers a Budget Bucks Promotion for the Remainder of 2018

Budget Bucks

Budget's loyalty program is quite disappointing. Their Fastbreak program doesn't provide the opportunity to earn free days and their promotions are often subpar when compared to offers like National's annual One-Two-Free and Enterprise's annual Plus Your Points offers. We can only really think of two great promotions ever offered by Budget; the 9,999 bonus Delta miles offer in 2008 and a tie-in with Dunkin' Donuts in 2005. While Budget's one recurring promotion -- "rent twice and earn $25 in Budget bucks" -- isn't the most rewarding, that offer is again available for the next ten (10) months, through December 31, 2018 (or until the company discontinues the offer). Aside from the vastly extended timeframe, the terms and conditions are largely still the same as last year's offer.  

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The Lowdown on Fox Rewards. Yes, that's the Official Name of Fox's Reward Program

Fox Rewards

We recently wrote about Fox Rent A Car and their abusive geographic restrictions, especially among renters in Florida who can never leave the State of Florida.  We thought that wasn't too cool. Then we decided to add our review of Fox's reward program, called "Fox Rewards Program". As a discount rental car provider, it's clear that marketing budgets are limited! The pitch meeting was apparently very short.

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