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Last chance: Earn up to 60,000 Etihad Guest miles with this Avis promotion

Aug. 16, 2022
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It's been a while since we've seen a great rental car promotion — but Avis' latest offer is one of them.

Right now, you can earn up to 60,000 Etihad miles — worth $840 per TPG valuations — with this deal. And while it initially sounds like a no-brainer, there are some important terms to consider before you get too excited. You'll have to book your rental car by tomorrow to qualify for the bonus.

Here's what you need to know about this promo.

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Earn up to 60,000 Etihad miles with this Avis promotion

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With this Avis promotion, you'll earn 20,000 Etihad miles when renting a car for at least three consecutive days on a maximum of three qualifying reservations (60,000 miles earned). This is on top of the Etihad miles you'll earn for your spending — between 3 and 5 miles per dollar, depending on your Etihad status.

Here are the details:

  • You must reserve your car by Aug. 17, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. GST.
  • Your reservation pick-up must be between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, 2022.
  • You can rent anywhere in the U.S. (except Alaska), Canada, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
  • You must rent car group C or above.
  • You must make your reservation through avisworld.com/etihad
  • Rentals that last beyond 28 days will not earn Etihad miles.
  • You must be an Etihad Guest member to participate.

This offer also states that you'll receive a 15% rate discount. However, we did not find this true in practice (more on that in a second).

Is this a good deal?

Etihad is the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates. That might not sound particularly useful for someone based in the U.S., but Etihad miles are some of the most underrated rewards in the points and miles world. Here are some examples of flights you can book from the U.S.:

  • 50,000 Etihad miles one-way to Europe in business class on American Airlines.
  • 44,000 Etihad miles one-way to Morocco in business class on Royal Air Maroc.
  • 54,000 Etihad miles one-way to Japan in business class on ANA.

Related: Etihad Guest miles continue to fly under the radar

As you must book via a special Avis landing page, we searched multiple U.S. airports with this promotion to compare prices with the standard Avis site. While prices were sometimes nominally higher, rates were always similar.

Let's look at a rate on the promotion page for a three-day rental at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW):

(Screenshot courtesy of one.avisworld.com)

And here's the same rental on the Avis page. The prices are identical.

(Screenshot courtesy of avis.com)

Remember, your car must book "group C" or higher. You'll have to click each car's "Specs" button to see what group it's in.

(Screenshot courtesy of one.avisworld.com)

One thing to note is that this promo page is only valid for the "pay later" price. If you're the type of renter who opts for the "pay now" rate (which might have cancellation fees of some sort), you can get a much better price when you book on Avis' main website.

The promo page also doesn't allow you to log into your Avis account to benefit from any discounts you might receive due to elite status.

Again, on average, Etihad miles are worth 1.4 cents each, and you'll receive 20,000 miles per qualifying rental. That means you'll receive a value of $280 per rental period (capped at 3 rental periods). If you save more than that by booking through the regular Avis site, it might be better to go that route.

Bottom line

Avis is handing out Etihad miles like candy for a limited time. If you've got a few upcoming rentals lasting at least three days, you should consider this Avis promotion if the price is right and you're comfortable with the restrictions.

Even if you don't have plans to rent a car, it could be worth reserving a rental car if there are dirt cheap rates in your area. You could get a business class ticket to Europe, Africa or Asia out of it.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases