When we started travelling, we decided we wanted to build a relationship with one supplier, and stick with them. Looking around at the various offers, we liked the look of Avis – they have coverage all over the world, and their loyalty scheme looked good, so we joined the Avis Preferred scheme.
Avis Preferred gives us a number of benefits:
They keep the information on credit cards and driving licences on file, so no need to go through paperwork when you collect
They prepare the contract in advance, so you literally collect an envelope with the keys from the desk
There is a dedicated desk for Preferred clients, so you jump the queues
As well as moving up the various Preferred statuses, Avis hires also give you Avios with your chosen airline
During the course of 2016, we’ve moved to “Preferred Plus” status, which gives us a free second driver, free upgrade on every hire and a voucher for a free weekend rental.
Avis’ cars are all pretty new and in excellent condition. In fact, for our last hire, we had a Peugeot with 2 miles on the clock when we collected it! Over the last year, we’ve hired in Morocco, Spain, The UK and The United States (A Mustang!)
Avis cars are always delivered full of fuel. Make sure you top it back up before you return the car – if they do it you will pay over the odds.
You do need a credit card to hire cars, and typically, they take a “hold” of £100 to £200 towards fuel etc on your card. We’ve found the hold is generally released within a couple of days of returning the car.
We’re happy to recommend Avis, so give them a try: Avis