I'm a really long time customer of Avis and so I was pretty surprised that using my Avis Preferred number gets me a way worse deal on car rental than pretending to be an ordinary unknown customer.
I wanted to rent a car for a couple of days so I went to the web site, found a suitable car and got offered this deal:
So £71 for unlimited mileage for the two days plus the standard insurance cover and tax.
But the site wants me to log in and so I hand over my last name and Avis wizard number and the deal changes to:
So I've lost the chance to pay now for a smaller amount, the rental has gone to £106 and the unlimited mileage has been removed to be replaced with 200 free miles. But at least:
Apparently my discount is a 50% increase in the fee. Boy, thanks Avis. I've been a Preferred member since 1995 and this is my reward.