Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Say goodbye to the best Car Rental Bonuses - The Club Carlson 9,000+ point offers are gone


For the last few years the best all around car rental bonus miles or points offer was held by Carlson Rezidor Hotels' Club Carlson program. For members renting from Avis or Budget, they could get 8,250 bonus points + the 750 base points for a total of 9,000 points per rental. We even saw an offer that pushed that to 10,000 points on 4+ day rentals (9,250 bonus + 750 base) but unfortunately all of those offers are done now.

Unfortunately as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I took advantage of this offer once in 2015 with Budget and got my 9,000 points (after lots of emails to customer service). I guess I'll be looking for another offer for an upcoming 9 day rental in February.

Screen shot of our Club Carlson page as it has been for the last few years:

The new offers from Avis and Budget for Club Carlson members aren't anywhere near as good. They simple award double points on qualifying rentals.

Avis
Double Gold Points is valid on rentals of one day or longer at participating Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Use coupon # MUHA053 AWD #G639300 along with your Club Carlson number when making your reservation at Avis.com Until Dec 31, 16

Budget
Double Gold  points is valid on rentals of one day or longer at participating Budget locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Simply use BCD #U106516 along with your Club Carlson member number to receive your discount and points when making your advance reservation online at Budget.com. Until Dec 31, 16

The good news is that the 1,500 points per day bonus for Alamo and National Car rentals do remain. A decent bonus, especially for longer rentals but still not the same as the old Avis and Budget offers.

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