Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Exclusive Partnership Between Avis and Budget With United Airlines Begins Effective Today, November 1, 2021

This new rental car partnership really Hertz.

After the exclusive partnership between The Hertz Corporation and United Airlines — which included Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Rent A Car, both of which are a part of The Hertz Corporationended yesterday, Sunday, October 31, 2021 after exactly seven years since it was launched, a new exclusive partnership formed between United Airlines and both Avis Rent A Car System, LLC, and Budget Rent A Car System, Incorporated…

Exclusive Partnership Between Avis and Budget With United Airlines Begins Effective Today, November 1, 2021

Source: United Airlines.

…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

United Airlines Boeing 777-222(ER) airplane
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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

Additionally, you will receive discounts of up to 35 percent when you book rental cars from Avis and Budget through the official Internet web site of United Airlines.

Final Boarding Call

Photograph ©2021 by Brian Cohen.

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?

As I first reported in this article back on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 — which discusses whether lodging and car rental companies should form alliances similar to airlines — there are three rental car companies in the United States…

  • 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…

All photographs ©2013, ©2017, and ©2021 by Brian Cohen.

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