How to get Avis Preferred Plus status from your Priority Pass

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Here’s something I didn’t know.  If you have a Priority Pass airport lounge access card, you can claim Preferred Plus status with Avis.

American Express Platinum – who may have supplied your Priority Pass – comes with standard Avis Preferred status, but this is one level higher.

Get Avis status via Priority Pass

Avis Preferred Plus usually requires five Avis rentals in a year and €1,000 of spending.  The benefits are not huge:

priority car availability

a free extra driver on every trip (already a free benefit if you book via the BA Avis website)

a complimentary vehicle upgrade whenever possible

voucher for a free European weekend rental after your 3rd rental

You can find out more about the different Avis status levels on their website here.

You can claim your Preferred Plus status by following the link on this page.  There is also a notional ‘20% discount’ for Priority Pass members although this may not beat other partner rates such as the BA one.

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  1. OT: Anyone got their latest statement SPG points? Or any update on the transfer situation? TIA

  2. Miles are not expiring until June next year for former MBNA credit card holders. I’m waiting until early next year before making a decision on redemption.

  3. OT- Radisson rewards

    What would be a rough valuation for 15k points ? Signed up recently (via amex plat) and just got an offer for 15k bonus points on next paid stay. Wondering if it’s worth doing….

    • I’m about 0.33p these days, given 70k for a top London hotel and 15k for a cheapo Park Inn. You’re looking at about a £50 rebate on that basis.

      • Thanks Rob, appreciated

      • I just got an e-mail through offering 50k bonus for stays of 4 nights or more.

      • Might be targeted for new or inactive accounts. Got the 15K offer on my 2nd account which I have not used for over a year. Nothing on my ‘active’ account which I transfer points into.

        • I got the 15k for 1 stay offer. Last stayed in January this year and has remained inactive since.

          I might switch a Hilton T5 booking to the Park Inn Heathrow – It is cheaper anyway, and this offer gives more value back on the booking I think. I am Diamond, but we will be arriving too late to take advantage of the free food/drinks in the lounge, and will be happy to eat in the Concorde lounge the following morning, rather than eat at the hotel, so only really using it as a bed and a carpark.

  4. OT – many of the wonders of the Amex Platinum travel insurance only apply if the trip is booked on an Amex Amex, right? Two questions:

    1) Does my hotel need to be booked on it, as well as the flights? Does it need to be the whole flight, or could I just pay a £1 deposit on it and the rest elsewhere?

    2) I’ve always heard that if the vendor doesn’t accept Amex it’s legit to pay on another card and still be covered, but can’t find this in official writing anywhere?

    • Health related stuff has no requirement to pay on Amex. The other “less serious” inconvenience stuff has a requirement to pay on Amex.

      e.g. 1.2 re cancellation trip: For the benefits under this section to apply transport and/or
      accommodation must have been Purchased in full using:
      I. the Card;
      II. American Express Membership Rewards® points; or
      III. Any travel rewards programmes provided the taxes
      and/or surcharges have been Purchased
      using the Card.

      I.e. need to be paid in FULL using one of the above where “card” if you follow the definitions through means any Amex issued Amex.

      Flights for flights and accommodation for accommodation claims need to be paid on “the card”.

      I’ve never been able to find any documentation for (2).

    • the_real_a says:

      It states: “Proof that you have purchased accommodation and transportation on Your Card, or the name and address of the merchant, in the event that Your chosen provider would not accept Your Card” (Page 19, claim evidence table)

  5. Sorry about completely OT, I thought I will ask any question here these days.
    We are travelling to Maldives from Heathrow this Christmas connecting at Rome. Are we entitle to buy things for non-EU travelling or that restricted to EU only because we will connecting at Rome?

  6. O/T: Guys, any update on SPG AMEX transfer, 15th September is history now, no sign of points transfer.

    SPG/Marriott is blaming each other, it’s such a pity.

  7. OT, had a message on OH’s Amex Platinum card account this morning offering 5k MR points for adding a supplementary card. Just can’t remember now if we’ve had one already!

  8. Little Bits…

    £5 off £40 when using the BPMe App with a First Direct Credit or Debit Card.

  9. HackinJack says:

    Ref the Avis/PP offer, I can’t sign up for this. I get the registration/login page but it won’t log me in with my Avis account details (which I verified by logging in to the UK site) and if I try to register it says my email address is already in their database. Anyone else tried and had success/failure?

    • I would be interested too. It seems to only work for new joiners. Do we cancel online accounts and then rejoin?

      • Grumble grumble. 2 online enquiries to Avis with all the necessary info and no reply for 6 days. In the meantime had a domestic Avis hire and could have benefited from free driver and upgrade, but didn’t. Eventually got a reply confirming upgrade when arriving home.

  10. Chelseafi says:

    O/T with cross referrals no longer option, want to refer O/H for BAPP, I’m thinking I should upgrade my free BA (do I just reapply online for BAPP same way as downgrade?) will I automatically receive points for upgrading too or do I need to ask? I assume I can then just downgrade again once any extra points post? Do they run credit checks for upgrade and downgrades too. Thanks

    • Yes. Do it online. No official upgrade bonus but others have reported 4K avios IIRC. Should be able to downgrade again but I wouldn’t do all this as Amex reserve right to do credit checks on each action.

      • There was an interesting article on InsideFlyerUK yesterday suggesting that simply applying for a platinum card while holding the gold credit card would now result in 30/35k bonuses despite already holding a MR account (not via upgrade link). Seems dubious as blogger pointed out but I will be following his results.

  11. OT: Tesco have 20% off vouchers for Uber credit. In store only.

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