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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, Ultimaterewards.com 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 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
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95 0% Excellent Credit