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Update on Avis Free Weekend Rental Deal

by on March 27, 2013 · 43 comments

in Avis

Yesterday, I posted an Amazing Deal Alert: Free Weekend Rentals From Avis which offered customers two free weekend days with no minimum rental. The code is valid for rentals through June 30, 2013 at participating locations in the U.S.

This coupon code is no longer valid for bookings on the Avis site.

This coupon code is no longer valid for bookings on the Avis site.

Well as luck will have it, the deal is now dead and is no longer bookable through the Avis site. However, currently one workaround is to head over to United’s site and book the car rental there. United allows customers to enter coupon codes for their car rental partners. So I was able to still get this to work there. The rate showed on United’s site will be the regular rate, but once I made the reservation, I was given an Avis confirmation number which I was able to check on their site and the price showed up as $0. In fact, this might be an even better to book this, since its through a 3rd party, so all Avis will see is that this is booked through United.

This deal is still bookable on United.com. Select Cars, then sdvanced search and enter TUEA002 for the Avis promotional code.

This deal is still bookable on United.com. Choose the “Car” tab, then hit “Advanced Search” and be sure to enter TUEA002 for the Avis promotional code.

However, some people have reported being asked for a paper coupon when picking up their vehicle or that Avis is saying it will not being honored, so if you did make a reservation through this promo, just beware that this is a possibility. I haven’t personally rented a vehicle using this code, but I figured it was worth a shot so I wanted to share these deals. Hopefully Avis will honor these bookings, but be sure to make other refundable options to be safe. Most car rentals are refundable so this shouldn’t be too hard to do. Check out this post on maximizing car rental programs for more information.

A few TPG Readers have tweeted me:

@suijuris writes “Still works – book through United.com”

@SorabBhardwaj writes “This coupon is for Amex Platinum members only and will be denied at the counter without the paper coupon.”

I would love to hear your personal experiences on this deal on if this is being honored or if Avis is asking for a paper coupon. Feel free to tweet me @thepointsguy or comment below.

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  • Nick

    I would be interested in knowing how many people have been turned away thus far because they don’t have a paper coupon. I booked my car a month from now, so I won’t be finding out for a while if they plan to honor the coupon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.hong David Hong

    Where does one obtain said paper coupon? Both my wife and I are Amex Plat Cardmembers.

  • Mary Hofmann

    didnt work for TPA 4/10-4/14 on United or Avis…oh well

  • Jeff

    My experience…after renting from Avis a specific number of times in a year one exceeds a threshold where they start to earn the free weekend reward for every other rental. The paper coupons are emailed to the recipient. Make sure you talk to the desk, present the coupon at the time of the rental to ensure that this 48-hr discount is applied.

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  • Dollar millionare

    Would not work in LAS airport Avis denied the rental at counter. Said they can refuse to honor a reservation since I actually only reserved the car and did not pay for it. So if you can somehow prepay and get this reward then do that.

  • DrG

    This does not seem to work.

    Error

    ! united.com is unable to complete your booking at this time. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Avis at 1800-331-1212 for assistance.

  • jrey

    TPG, actually Avis sees everything. If you take the confirmation number got from united and enter it at avis.com along with your last name, all details will show up, similar to what you would get if you booked through avis.com.

  • JV

    Tried to book via United website…discount doesn’t show up when viewing at Avis . com

  • james

    Made my reservation yesterday for late June rental. So if I change my mind, after midnight, I’ll still have a certificate for a Cat 7 hotel…oh wait..

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.hickman.7 Alexander Hickman

    All of my 5 reservations got cancelled by Avis, they are no longer showing up on my Avis.com site…

  • Theresa

    I just spent 20 minutes on the phone with Amex Platinum Concierge and they don’t show any record of this promotion. or coupon.

  • jsafford

    ALL RESERVATIONS CANCELLED. I had four “pay at the counter” reservations, and one “prepaid” reservation. I attempted to log into each of my reservations tonight, only to find out that they ALL had been cancelled. Furthermore, for the “prepaid” reservation, a $25 cancellation fee has been deducted from the amount being refunded to my card.

    I’ve sent an email into Avis trying to get the $25 refunded to me as well. But, it’ll be 24 hours till I get a response.

  • sant

    Yeah, united doesn’t seem to work for me anymore.

  • jrey

    Booked a couple hours ago, still not canceled. Let’s see.

  • dimik

    I had all my reservations canceled by Avis today. Made them 24 hours ago.

  • dimik

    they sent me following email ” At Avis, our goal is to provide a stress-free rental experience whenever you need a rental car. Upon review of your recent reservation, XXXXX, it has come to our attention that the discount code you have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively cancelled. If you have a valid coupon certificate, we are ready to restore your reservation. Please note, you must present your valid coupon certificate at time of rental. Prepaid reservations will be refunded in full and no cancellation charges will be assessed.”

  • smitty06

    my reservation was just cancelled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnruda John Ruda

    Just got all 9 cancellation notices for mine, too. :-)

  • jrey

    Yep, they are now all gone.. Oh well, it’s been exciting…

  • sk

    Dear sk,

    At Avis, our goal is to provide a stress-free rental experience whenever you need a rental car. Upon review of your recent reservation, XXXXX5, it has come to our attention that the discount code you have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively cancelled. If you have a valid coupon certificate, we are ready to restore your reservation. Please note, you must present your valid coupon certificate at time of rental. Prepaid reservations will be refunded in full and no cancellation charges will be assessed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefan.shagwell Stefan Shagwell

    Got the same e-mail. Really Avis you didn’t even give me a chance to present you a valid coupon certificate. Not going to waste anymore time on this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.hong David Hong

    PR fail for AVIS. Good job.

  • jc

    Just received this email from Avis:
    Upon review of your recent reservation, XXXXX, it has come to our attention that the discount code you have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively cancelled. If you have a valid coupon certificate, we are ready to restore your reservation. Please note, you must present your valid coupon certificate at time of rental. Prepaid reservations will be refunded in full and no cancellation charges will be assessed.

  • tom

    just logged on to avis.com and found that my reservation has been canceled and the prepaid amount refunded. No email from avis about the cancellation though.

  • jsafford

    Well, at least they did the right thing and refunded in FULL any prepaid reservations with this coupon. I was prepared to FIGHT to get that cancellation charge back!!!!

  • Nick

    Yup, got the same email as everyone else. I had prepaid.

  • Hi

    Doesn’t seem like the update through United is working…

  • DavidLAX

    Avis just emailed me cancelling my (prepaid) reservation:

    “. . .it has come to our attention that the discount code you have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively cancelled. If you have a valid coupon certificate, we are ready to restore your reservation. Please note, you must present your valid coupon certificate at time of rental. Prepaid reservations will be refunded in full and no cancellation charges will be assessed.”

  • DavidLAX

    appears i was a little late with this news

  • Michael

    From Avis:

    Upon review of your recent
    reservation, xxxxxxxxxxx, it has come to our attention that the discount code
    you have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively
    cancelled.

  • http://osnews.com David Adams

    I just received notice from Avis that they cancelled my reservations:

    “At Avis, our goal is to provide a stress-free rental experience whenever you need a rental car. Upon review of your recent reservation, 29611236US4, it has come to our attention that the discount code you have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively cancelled. If you have a valid coupon certificate, we are ready to restore your reservation. Please note, you must present your valid coupon certificate at time of rental. Prepaid reservations will be refunded in full and no cancellation charges will be assessed.

    If you would like to recreate your reservation, you may do so by visiting Avis.com or calling 800-633-3469.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.fitzmaurice Matthew J Fitzmaurice

    Avis sucks! They cancelled all of mine!

  • Matthew

    My reservations were cancelled by Avis

  • Jolly Khanna

    Same here. Avis said that the reservation is invalid and they cancelled it.

  • Jason

    Another cancellation, guess you get what you pay for, in this case… Nothing.

  • Tom

    At Avis, our goal is to provide a stress-free rental experience whenever
    you need a rental car. Upon review of your recent reservation, XXXX, it has come to our attention that the discount code you
    have entered is invalid, and so your reservation has been tentatively
    cancelled. If you have a valid coupon certificate, we are ready to
    restore your reservation. Please note, you must present your valid
    coupon certificate at time of rental. Prepaid reservations will be
    refunded in full and no cancellation charges will be assessed.
    They canceled my reservation so I would guess they will not honor anyone’s in this promotion

  • George

    Make sure you tell your employer not to pay you this week since “it sucks” when a service isn’t provided for free.

  • afterbang

    Can we please get 10 more people to copy and paste the e-mail in a comment? I’m still not sure what the e-mail said.
    Idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.fitzmaurice Matthew J Fitzmaurice

    hey asshole, my reservation was still over a 100.00, just getting a discount. i am not a bottom feeder, but clearly you think your shit doesnt stink.

  • Cody

    … a discount you were not entitled to. Stay classy.

  • sal

    And you are upset because?????

  • Brooke

    Canceled. Found out on my way out of town at the reservation desk. Hotel was already booked. Was told this deal was intended for only a very specific purpose.Avis evidently didn’t restrict access to the code and screwed up.

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