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My All-Time Favorite Car Upgrade!

My All-Time Favorite Car Upgrade!

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I’m not loyal to any rental car brand.  When I rent a car, my biggest concern is finding the agency with the best price.

I usually rent the cheapest car, which is usually an economy car.  Often times, I get upgraded to a compact or a mid-size car, because car rental companies don’t have a large stock of economy cars on the lot.

During my recent visit to San Francisco, I received my all-time favorite Avis free upgrade!

Avis Free Upgrade
Driving Narrow, Winding Roads Helped Keep My Lead Foot in Check

I’ll show you my latest Avis free upgrade, the best I’ve ever had!

Finally, an Avis Free Upgrade Worth Bragging About!

I always appreciate getting more value for my money.  That said, I’ve never been blown away by my previous rental car upgrades.

Avis Free Upgrade
My Complimentary Upgrade Usually Puts Me Behind the Wheel of a Minivan

Well, I finally received an upgrade worth sharing.  Avis handed me the keys to a sleek red 2016 Ford Mustang!

I can confirm the speedometer needle is fully functioning.  The windows must have been smudged, because everything on the highway was blurry.

Avis Free Upgrade
Side View of the Pony

I loved the experience of driving such a fast car, but I would never buy one.  I’m happy with my 10 year old Honda Civic!

Bottom Line

I was delighted when Avis upgraded my rental to a 2016 Ford Mustang!

What’s the fanciest rental car upgrade you’ve received?

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A couple years ago I got upgraded from economy to a mustang convertible in Florida with Budget. Last year, we were in Denmark and got upgraded from an economy car to a 3 series BMW with only 1100 km on the odometer by Hertz. Looking forward to many more as I continue to travel as these

It’ll be good to know who the author of this article is!

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Oops! It was my (Daraius!) rental.

It happened to my wife. She needed a local rental because her car was in the shop for a couple of days. Because her car was towed to a shop via AAA, she was entitled to a one day free rental from Hertz. After it was arranged, we went to the Hertz counter at the Honolulu International Airport expecting the usual low end, economy (meaning hand crank windows and a working AC, but that’s it) The agent told us we could pick any vehicle along the wall and a 2016 Fiat 500 was parked in front of a row of “typical economy cars” .

I pointed out the Fiat and joked about taking it. My wife asked the lot attendant and she replied that the Fiat was considered in our range!!! When she drove it to work, everyone was asking around “who’s driving the Fiat?”

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Million Mile Secrets

I googled the Fiat 500 and it is certainly distinctive. BTW, I didn’t know that you get a free day’s rental with an AAA tow, so thanks for sharing that!

The best upgrade not taken was when I booked my son and his new bride a full size pickup for a weekly rate of $202 for their Denver honeymoon and ALAMO offered him a Challenger or Mustang convertible for no extra charge. After a short, sad discussion, they decided to keep the 2017 Ford 150 with 12 miles. I don’t think my son is quite over that one yet. The good news is he didn’t get a speeding ticket with the truck.

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Million Mile Secrets

Sounds like a story for the grandkids!

A couple years ago I got upgraded from economy to a mustang convertible in Florida with Budget. Last year, we were in Denmark and got upgraded from an economy car to a 3 series BMW with only 1100 km on the odometer by Hertz. Looking forward to many more as I continue to travel as these add to the feeling of a successful points trip.

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Million Mile Secrets

I agree that the feeling of a successful points trip is enhanced with a slick rental car – maybe because it is so unexpected?

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