Reminder: Up to 5,000 Bonus AA Miles and Discounts With Avis in August

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I recently wrote about Avis American bonus offers that are good until August 31, 2012 and I just wanted to remind people that this is a pretty incredible offer. To get the miles and discount use coupon code MUAA035, which gives 3,000 miles for rentals of 1-2 days and 5,000 miles for rentals of 3 days or more. Save up to 35% with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number K817165.

My Experience
I’ve rented from Avis twice in the past week and actually found the AWD number to drastically reduce the price of the rental – even from Priceline’s lowest rates. The coupon code is only good at airport locations, but it’s available on most car classes, including convertibles and SUVs. However, Cool Cars are prohibited, which was annoying on my last rental because the Cool Car rates were the same as full-size and I’d much rather have a BMW X3 than a Kia Optima! However, I was still able to rent the full-size and talk my way into the X3, so it is possible to have your cake and miles too.

Additionally, is currently offering 3 extra points per dollar for Avis purchases and you also get 2x points when paying with your Sapphire Preferred card, since rental cars are classified as travel.

Current Ultimate Rewards car rental earning ratios

My $100 two-day rental netted me: 3,000 American miles and 500 Ultimate rewards points. I value both types of points/miles at 2 cents each at least, so getting $70 back in value on a $100 rental is pretty good! There are definitely ways to work this promotion by getting super cheap one-day rentals, though you have to factor in the time it takes to actually go and rent the car since you actually have to drive off the lot (usually) to get the miles.

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named a 'Best Credit Card' for Travel Rewards by MONEY Magazine
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Sleek metal card design
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • $0 foreign transaction fees, plus chip-enabled for enhanced security and wider acceptance when used at a chip card reader
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points
  • Travel confidently with premium Travel Protection Benefits, including Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Trip Delay Reimbursement and more
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer Credit Rating
N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95 See Terms Excellent Credit