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Avis Review

In our evaluation, Avis was about average price-wise for one-day rentals, but did tend to have better weekly rates. Unfortunately, it takes longer with the rewards program to earn free rentals than it does with all the other rental companies we reviewed.

Our Verdict

Avis is a solid rental company with decent pricing and abundant locations, but its rewards program isn’t as generous as others.

For

  • Avis has inexpensive weekly rates.

Against

  • The rewards program requires 700 points for a free rental, the most of any company.
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You can make your reservation through Avis’s website.

You can make your reservation through Avis’s website.
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Avis Preferred members get expedited service.

Avis Preferred members get expedited service.
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Avis has many types of vehicles, including luxury cars.

Avis has many types of vehicles, including luxury cars.
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Avis offers a wide range of add-ons.

Avis offers a wide range of add-ons.
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There are many Avis locations throughout the country.

There are many Avis locations throughout the country.

In our evaluation, Avis was about average price-wise for one-day rentals, but did tend to have better weekly rates. Unfortunately, it takes longer with the rewards program to earn free rentals than it does with all the other rental companies we reviewed.

To test Avis’s pricing, we requested a one-day rental and a week-long rental in New York City, Los Angeles and Houston for three different types of cars. We averaged the prices together and compared them with the other rental companies. Avis’s prices trended toward the middle, with higher daily rates but lower weekly rates than Enterprise.

We made reservations a few weeks in advance. Generally, we found that the closer to the date you make the reservation, the more you pay. Our prices also only account for one driver. If you’re planning on an adding an additional driver to your rental, Avis charges a $13 daily fee. This is one of the more expensive additional driver fees.

Avis Preferred is its rewards program and is free to join. For each dollar you spend, you earn one point. One drawback of Avis Preferred is that it takes 700 points to earn a free rental, which is very high. You do get 100 points for joining and can also earn bonus points for renting accessories.

There’s an additional tier to Avis’s rewards program, Avis Preferred Plus, which you advance to after 12 rentals or spending $5,000. At this level you earn 1.25 points per dollar. If you make 25 rentals or spend $7,000 you earn 1.5 points per dollar. If you qualify for Preferred Plus you’ll also be eligible for complimentary upgrades.

This rewards program also includes many of the standard benefits, such as expedited checkout that lets you go straight to your car and complete the rental from there.

Avis has over 1,900 locations in the U.S. and many others worldwide. This includes airport and neighborhood locations. If you can, try to find a non-airport Avis location, which can save you money since airport locations include additional fees on top of the taxes applied by many cities and states. If you book in advance, Avis will also pick you up from your home or hotel and take you to the office to complete the paperwork.

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