American Express Platinum Lets You Earn Free Avis Weekend Rentals

File this under ‘I had no idea’ until the folks at Autoslash uncovered it.

Whenever I rent a car I plug my confirmation details into the AutoSlash website and they track the reservation in case they can find something for a lower price. They’ll also do the initial sleuthing for you if you want, since they know all the discounts and coupons out there. They know their rental cars, but I was still surprised by this find since I figured I knew all the benefits of the Platinum Card by American Express.


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I mean, I know all about the $200 airline fee credit (that I’ve used to reimburse two $100 American Airlines gift cards each year, even though that’s not how it’s supposed to work), the airline lounge access (Delta lounges when flying Delta, American Express’ own Centurion lounges, and Priority Pass lounges), Hilton and Starwood Gold (which matches to Marriott Gold), and National Car Rental Executive status. Plus of course the card now comes with a monthly Uber credit worth up to $200 per year.


American Express Centurion Lounge Houston

But I’ve never looked at the dedicated Avis website for American Express Platinum cardholders.

Avis will give American Express Platinum cardholders who have two qualifying rentals in the first half of the year a two-day weekend rental certificate. They also have the offer for two qualifying renatls in the second half of the year. You can earn a certificate every six months. Full terms (.pdf).

  • Rent for 2 days or more
  • Book with discount AWD code A756900
  • Pay with the Platinum American Express Card
  • Earn Avis points rather than airline miles/hotel points

The free weekend rentals require a Saturday night (well, that is sort of goes along with a two day weekend) and can only be used in the US including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands — but not Alaska or the New York City metro area and is valid for cars up to full size (so no SUVs, vans, etc).

AutoSlash says that local taxes are charged on the weekend rentals.

Terms and conditions:

Use of the AWD A756900 will provide the customer with a discount of up to 25% off the rental rate, set at Avis’s discretion.

Taxes, surcharges, energy recovery fees, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fees and customer facility charges ($10/contract in CA) may apply and are the responsibility of the customer.

…Certificates may not be used in conjunction with any other coupon, promotion or offer. Certificates have no cash value, are non-transferable, cannot be exchanged or returned, are non-refundable, and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Altered or copied Certificates are void and will not be honored. Avis reserves the right to alter terms and conditions and use of the Certificates. Certificates can be used only once. One certificate per rental. Certificates cannot be applied to completed rentals. Holiday and other blackout periods may apply. If a rental begins during a blackout period, the entire rental is blacked out and does not qualify for use of a Certificate. Not all reservations qualify for this promotion. Certain corporate, association, tour, insurance replacement, government accounts and prepaid rentals do not qualify for inclusion in this promotion. Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum age may vary by location. An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.

*Offer valid for a one-time, one-car group upgrade on an intermediate (group C) through a full-size four-door (group E) car. Maximum upgrade to premium (group G). Offer valid on daily, weekend, weekly (5-7 days) and monthly (max 28 days) rates. The upgraded car is subject to vehicle availability at the time of rental and may not be available on some rates at some times. Offer valid at participating Avis locations in the contiguous U.S. and Canada. One offer per rental. A 24-hour advance reservation is required. May not be used in conjunction with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your AWD discount. For reservations made on Avis.com, upgrade will be applied at time of rental. Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum age may vary by location. An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old. Fuel charges are extra.

**Free weekend offer valid with completion of two (2) Qualifying Rentals from Avis in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands within the defined promotional period: January 1 – June 30 or July 1 – December 31. A Qualifying Rental is a paid rental consisting of two consecutive days time-and-mileage charges on any car class. Reservation and completed Qualifying Rental must be made using AWD A756900 and a Platinum Card ® from American Express. The AWD must show on the rental agreement to qualify for the Free Weekend promotion. After two (2) completed Qualifying Rentals, within the promotional period, customer will receive by mail a one-time-use Certificate (a “Free Weekend Certificate”, or “Certificate”) for one (1) Free weekend of time-and-mileage for a rental commencing no later than date printed on the Free Weekend Certificate. The Certificate will be mailed within 60 days of the completion of each promotional period. Free Weekend Certificate is valid for 2 free days during a weekend rental period. Weekend rental period begins Thursday and car must be returned by Monday 11:59 p.m. or a higher rate will apply. A Saturday night keep is required.

Free Weekend Certificates can be used in conjunction with a weekday, weekly or monthly rental, but the Certificate will be valid for the weekend rental period portion only. Certificate is redeemable on a Subcompact (Group A) through a Fullsize four-door (Group E) car. A redemption fee may apply. Certificate is redeemable at participating locations in the U.S., P.R and US VI only, except not valid in Alaska, or in the New York Metro area. Customers may get one (1) Free Weekend Certificate during each promotional period. Free Weekend reward will not be earned on rentals that receive mileage/credits/points for a frequent traveler program (i.e. airline frequent flyer, hotel points program, etc.). For Avis First members who complete a Qualifying Rental(s): Rental(s) will be credited toward a Free Weekend Day and will be counted toward the annual Avis First membership requirements. For reservations made on Avis.com, Free Weekend Certificate will be applied at time of rental.

Platinum Card by American Express.

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Comments

  1. I gave up on Avis last year. National is the place to be as Emerald Club Executive status offered with the AMEX Platinum card. National has a huge selection of top quality cars with low miles at most major airports.

  2. I have been using costcotravel.com to get the good rate and have been using budget and AVIS. Has anyone been able to get the 2-day free weekend rental? I rent about 50 time a year. Sometime twice in a week and I like to find out the best way to collect some free rental days. The $20 coupon from Budget is almost useless. You have to book using their regular rate to use it. If I book using Costcotravel.com, I can’t use it. I do collect some AVIS points.

  3. Hi Gary, is see the Business version isn’t mentioned. Would you happen to know if it gets the same perk? Thanks!

  4. Avis does not honor this deal. I made two qualifying rentals with my AMEX Platinum last October and November and have received no certificate. I have spoken with several persons at Avis – some say that the promotion existed, but is no longer valid. Some were rude, some were merely curt; none wanted to help. I spoke with a supervisor, and then to her supervisor. I got nowhere. I spoke with AMEX, who were uniformly polite and helpful, but said that the offer had to be fulfilled by Avis. I will not patronize Avis or Budget any longer. They offered apologies for the rudeness, but no compensation whatever.

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