I’ve only rented a car three times in my adult life, but I have distinct memories from my childhood about car rentals. We would arrive in Florida during spring break to visit my grandfather. Upon arriving we were 1) exhausted, 2) hungry, and 3) hot because we were wearing our Minnesota winter clothes in 85 degree heat. The only thing I wanted to do was leave the airport. Instead, we would wait in line for what seemed like hours, only to get some paperwork, take a bus to a car rental terminal where we’d wait in another line to get the keys to the car, and finally would leave. The whole process was excruciating for me as a crabby, tired, hungry child (and probably more so for my parents.)
Note the coupon codes at the bottom of the page.
It turns out there is a completely free and easy way to skip these lines — with Avis Preferred Service.
As an adult the first time I rented a car was a very similar experience to my childhood. I had done some online searches to find the cheapest car rental, booked the car with Avis because my USAA insurance gave me the best discount, and upon arriving at the destination waited and waited and waited and waited. I hate waiting in lines.
During my first car rental experience with Avis I saws a billboard for “Avis Preferred Service” on the shuttle advertising a way to bypass the lines. It sounded too good to be true. But I checked it out anyway.
About a year ago I signed up for Avis Preferred Service. I have only rented one car once since then, but booked with Avis (again getting my USAA member discount). The Avis Preferred Service worked wonders. I didn’t have to wait in any lines. And I was immediately taken to my car — first — ahead of all the “regular” customers.
I was absolutely astounded. Where else have you heard of a person just being able to SKIP THE LINES without having any sort of special reason for their status (e.g. frequent flier, pay more, etc)?
I waited to write about it until now because I wanted to see how it played out over the year. I got some coupons in the mail for free upgrades and car rentals. But no spam or any other annoying aspects. There doesn’t seem to be any catch to Avis Preferred Service.
There are no minimums for number of times you have to rent in order to qualify. All you do is sign up.
So, if you ever are planning on renting a car, I couldn’t recommend Avis Preferred Service more. It’s free. And Avis Preferred Service makes renting a car that much easier. I don’t know why more people don’t sign up for the Preferred Service; but I thought I’d give our readers a little insight into this car renting hack.
Of course, please don’t rent a car if you don’t have to — but I wrote this knowing that there are sometimes instances where renting a car is environmentally friendlier than taking cabs around a city that lacks solid public transportation.
Also note that Avis rents Toyota Hybrid Prius and subcompact cars. So remember to rent the smallest car available.
To Sign Up for Avis Preferred Service
Go to Avis.com and search “Preferred Service”. There are a few pages to fill out and viola, you’re in.
Avis Coupon Codes
Do you know of other “preferred service” hacks with other rental car companies?
Please note that this page contains affiliate links. (If you sign up for the preferred service I don’t get any money, only if you rent a car from them do I get a very small commission. — It’s what helps pay the bills).