Exclusive Partnership Between Avis and Budget With United Airlines Begins Effective Today, November 1, 2021
…but unlike the partnership with Hertz — which also offered complimentary Hertz Presidents Circle elite status or Hertz Five Star elite status in addition to earning bonus MileagePlus award miles with each qualifying rental — the new partnership means that if you are a member of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program, you could only earn bonus award miles with Avis and Budget.
Details of the New Exclusive Partnership
The MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles you earn when renting vehicles from Avis and Budget varies with the current elite level status which you have earned as follows:
1,250 miles — Premier 1K members and Premier Platinum members
1,000 miles — MileagePlus Premier Gold members and Premier Silver members
750 miles — Primary card members of MileagePlus credit cards from Chase
500 miles — MileagePlus general members without any elite level status
Could the phrase “More benefits and capabilities coming soon” mean that perhaps complimentary elite status with Avis President’s Club might eventually be conferred to members of the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program?
Hertz, which owns the Dollar, Thrifty, and Firefly brands
Enterprise Holdings, which owns the National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Alamo Rent a Car brands; and
Avis Budget Group, which owns the Avis Car Rental, Budget Rent a Car, and Zipcar brands
…so could other airlines eventually partner with one of those rental car companies on an exclusive basis? The exclusivity in this partnership seems to be only on the part of United Airlines, as Avis and Budget currently partner with American Airlines…