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Many people don’t realize how quickly you can rack up miles with car rentals- especially if you are traveling for 3+ days a week. If you are a consultant and only one person in your group rents a car, try to become that person! Yea, its more annoying with expenses, but you can walk away with a loot of miles.
Personally, I use Hertz and bank all of my rentals to Hertz points. For every $500 in spend, I get a free off-peak weekend rental day (which is when I rent cars for leisure). As a NYC resident, a weekend day can easily be upwards of $100, so in essence I’m getting as much as a 20% return on my rentals. I have a boatload of miles, so it makes more sense for me to bank Hertz points.
For those of you who don’t need car points, but would like to bolster your mileage accounts, see below for resident Flyertalk rental car promo expert Evan!‘s hotlist. The expiration date on these promos usually get extended or better/new promos come out, so don’t worry if they expire soon- I’ll update when the new promos are out.
“THE HOT LIST
- AA/Avis 3,000 bonus miles, save up to 35% MUAA022 – Exp: Feb 15, 2011 – Min: 3 days
- Air Berlin/Avis Six times the miles Bonus based on car group: 1K=small, 1.5K=med, 3K=large – Exp: Mar 15, 2011 – Min: 1 day (???)
- Air Canada/Avis Canada: 2,500 bonus miles Compact/Sub-compact MCAA037 – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days
- Air Canada/Avis Canada: 5,000 bonus miles Mid/Full-sized MCAA038 – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days
- Air Canada/Avis Canada: 7,500 bonus miles Prem/SUV/Minivan MCAA039 – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days
- Air Canada/Avis Canada: 9,999 bonus miles Prem SUV MCAA040 – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days
- British Airways/Avis 9,100 miles with multiple 1-day rentals – MORE HERE – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 1 day
- Continental/Avis 3,000 bonus miles, save up to 35% MUAA020 – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days
- Hilton HHonors/Budget – 5,000 bonus points, up to 20% off MUHZ008 AND BCD U106100 – Exp: Feb 15, 2011 – Min: 2 days
- Miles & More/Avis Up to 3.000 miles – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: multiple rentals
- US/Avis 3,000 bonus miles MUAA044 – Exp: March 31, 2011 – Min: 3 days
- US/Dollar 2,000 bonus miles code USELT – Exp: March 31, 2012 – Min: 3 days
- US/Thrifty 1,500 bonus miles code USPR – Exp: March 31, 2012 – Min: 2 days
- Southwest/Alamo 3X credit, save up to 40% Corporate ID 7015588 – Exp: Jan 31, 2011 – Min: 2 days
- Southwest/Alamo 4X credit, save up to 25% Corporate Code 4XCHASE, 7015583, 7015584, 7015580 ?? More on this HERE, HERE and HERE and in this thread as of 10/22/2010 – Exp: Jan 31, 2011 – Min: 3 days
- Southwest/Avis 5x credit (2.5 credit/rental), save up to 30% AWD K024743 & MUAA006 – Exp: Jan 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days !!![4 days=2.0 credits; 3 days=1.5; 2 days=1.0; 1 day=0.5]
- Southwest/Budget 5x credit (2.5 credit/rental), save up to 30% BCD U072700 & MUAZ039 – Exp: Jan 31, 2011 – Min: 5 days !!![4 days=2.0 credits; 3 days=1.5; 2 days=1.0; 1 day=0.5] “
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards