Frequent Renter Programs

The Lowdown on Europcar Privilege

europcar privilage

Rent a car at a major airport or train station in Europe and you're almost guaranteed to see a Europcar location. What's probably more of a surprise is that Europcar is a global company, with sites on six continents.

Europcar offers a free loyalty program called Europcar Privilege. While there are benefits to membership, unfortunately, there's a significant limitation: the program's benefits only kick in if you book directly through Europcar's website or by phone.

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The Lowdown on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

Thinking of signing up for Hertz's Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program? Your timing is lucky.

This free program was always known for delivering nice perks, such as skipping the counter and earning points toward free award days. But Hertz just made some changes that make the program better—including more flexible redemptions, faster service and a lower minimum enrollment age—so now there's no excuse for frequent renters not to sign up.

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The Lowdown on Avis Preferred

Avis Preferred

When Avis originally launched its motto "We try harder" in 1962, what it really meant was that it tried harder than Hertz, its rival and market leader. Today Avis has ditched the tagline and dropped a peg to the third largest rental car company in the industry. Avis offers a full suite of services primarily aimed at the frequent business traveler.

Avis's loyalty program, Avis Preferred, has two parts: an express rental program that lets you bypass the rental counter and a rewards program to earn free days. It's free to sign up for Avis Preferred, so there's no reason not to. Having said that, the program is not generous enough on its own to compel you to rent from Avis unless you're getting a great rate. And if you're a value-conscious leisure traveler, you might find that Avis's prices tend to stray on the higher side.

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When Do My Car Rental Points Expire?

car rental points expire

It's always a good idea to belong to rental car companies' loyalty programs, since it's always free to sign up. But not all programs are created equal. Some programs offer expedited service, while others provide expedited service plus the opportunity to earn awards such as free rental days.

These programs aren't called frequent renter programs for nothing. If your account remains inactive for long enough time, eventually your points or credits will expire.

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Unlimited Miles Can Be Limited When You Drive a Rental Car Out of State

car limited unlimited miles

Planning a really, really long road trip in a rental car? Here's a dirty little secret: Even when the rental car contract says "unlimited miles," there can, in fact, be limits.

There is even a small risk of being placed on a rental car company's Do Not Rent list if the company determines that you have logged in excessive mileage.

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