Update (9/7): The Avis Link again appears to be working!
Update: The Avis link appears to be dead but you can still get Avis First status for having a World Elite MasterCard. I found a phone number to call from the MasterCard website that lists this benefit. Click here for more details.
Last week I blogged about two elite status offers for car rental companies, Avis & National, that simply for signing up with a MasterCard, you could get elite status! Well one thing I overlooked was that when you register for Avis First with Avis, you get a FREE Two Day Weekend Car Rental simply for signing up!
Interestingly enough, the published benefits of being Avis First don’t list a free rental for signing up but when I got my confirmation email from Avis above, notifying me of my Avis First status, it included the perk of a free weekend rental! No previous rentals required! That email happened a few days ago but I waited to blog about until I received the coupon code and could test whether it works and it does.
I need to be in Phoenix the first weekend of November so I figured this would be an excellent time to use my free weekend car rental. Sure enough, I proceeded to make a reservation using my Wizard Number and the coupon code for the free rental and the rental priced out as FREE except for some mandatory state taxes and facility fees.
This is a FANTASTIC benefit and everyone should signup for Avis First if you haven’t already. Remember this offer is intended for World Elite MasterCard holders so I do wonder if you signup with any MasterCard whether you will get the free rental. It has been proven that signing up with any MasterCard (including debit cards) will get you the status (my friend showed me his account after doing this) but I’m not sure on the free rental. If you plan to signup now, try to use a World Elite MasterCard (like the Citi American Airlines Executive card).