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How to get Avis Preferred Plus status from your Priority Pass

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If you have American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or American Express Platinum, you will have a free Priority Pass card for airport lounge access.

Here’s something you may not know.  Holders of a Priority Pass airport lounge access card can claim Preferred Plus status with Avis.

Avis Preferred Plus usually requires five Avis rentals in a year and €1,000 of spending.

Get Avis Preferred Plus status with Priority Pass

What are the benefits of Avis Preferred Plus status?

To be honest, the benefits of Avis Preferred Plus are not huge. You get:

  • priority car availability
  • a free extra driver on every trip (already a free benefit if you book via the BA Avis website)
  • a complimentary one-level 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.

If you are reading this from outside the UK, this offer may not be open to you.  You need to be based in:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (September 2023)

If you hire a car in the UK, you can get special benefits (discounts, upgrades, free additional drivers etc) if you have elite status with a car rental programme. You can get elite status for free via certain American Express cards.

The Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum

The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum come with two free car hire status cards. Your supplementary Platinum cardholder can also receive status in their own right.

From Avis, you receive President’s Club status in Avis Preferred. This gets you up to 25% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a guaranteed one class upgrade. For weekend rentals you will receive a two class upgrade, subject to availability.

From Hertz, you receive ‘Five Star’ status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. This gets you up to 15% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a one class upgrade, subject to availability.

Hertz also offers Platinum cardholders a 4 hour grace period on rentals. Your final day is treated as 28 hours, so a 1pm pick up with a 5pm return the following day is only charged as one day, not two days. We wrote about the Hertz / Platinum 4 hour grace period here.

The Platinum Card also comes with full car hire insurance with no obligation to pay for the rental via American Express. You can refuse any attempts to sell you additional insurance at pick up. This benefit has substantial value if you rent on a regular basis.

You can find more details on the two Platinum cards, and apply, in our full reviews:

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is an excellent card in its own right. You receive 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up (convert to 20,000 Avios amongst other things), four airport lounge passes and £120 of Deliveroo credit. Even better, your first year is free.

There are two car rental benefits:

  • you receive Preferred Plus status in Avis Preferred
  • you receive a special package with Hertz – 10% off best available rates at participating locations, a one class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability, and no additional driver fees

Find out more about the benefits of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, and apply, in our review:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

Comments (35)

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  • David S says:

    It’s a complete waste of time when booking a BA Flight plus Car package at Faro as you only ever have a choice of Group A (small) or Group G (expensive) with Avis. All vehicle groups are available with Budget but you get less Avios and no free extra driver. Another example of BA nickel and dining. All the cars are in the same site and they are a common fleet. As a result I tend to book a car with Sixt.

  • Andrew M says:

    I have the same problem as many in this thread on getting Avis President’s Club status using the AMEX Platinum Card. I was already Avis Preferred with an Avis Preferred 6-digit customer number and contacted AMEX to get the correct login as the enrol version from the AMEX Platinum Benefits webpage does not work (with sympathy to all those who try this route). I used this link: and used the American Express card type: Platinum. Within four days, my upgrade to the President’s Club was linked to my Avis account as my AMEX Platinum benefit.

    • Jim Utd says:

      This is spot on, thank you. Just emailed them and been upgraded to Presidents Club from preferred straight away.

    • Oliver says:

      Wow, this is what I’ve been looking for!!! Thank you ever so much 🙂

    • ediflyer says:

      Amazing, thanks @Andrew M! Have submitted it now – clicking through from the Amex Plat website just showed the main Avis sign-in page and the account after signing in.

      • ediflyer says:

        PS received email back the following morning and status updated – Google Wallet/Apple Wallet virtual card (and one you download) doesn’t seem to have changed yet though, hopefully soon. Thanks again 🙂

  • Steve Blower. says:

    Just to confirm, last night I emailed with my existing AVIS membership number and my new Priority Pass number, and this morning I got an email saying I had been upgraded. It does show on the AVIS app.

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