Mark Ashley doesn’t like car upgrades. He usually gets a bigger car than he wants, burns more gas, and bigger isn’t always better anyway.
Back when I was a run of the mill “Preferred Select” elite member with Avis, I expected to get a one car class upgrade on each rental. Sometimes I’d just book one class below what I wanted to get.
The rule, of course, with any travel — air, hotel, or car — is always to confirm the minimum that you’ll actually be happy receiving.
More than upgrades, I enjoy service … I like that my status now with Avis yields a ride back to the airport in the car I drove up in, no transferring bags and waiting on a bus or dropping off other passengers. And I do love my car upgrades. But I can more or less point to the specific car on the lot that I want. Warm weather climate? Convertible. Long drive? Cadillac.
Car rental upgrades can be as much of the travel experience as any other upgrade. But I’d agree that bigger isn’t always better. A nice car, though, is still sublime.