Last month I wrote about how you can get free and easy rental car elite status if you have a World Elite MasterCard.
Plenty of readers have one of these, for instance if you signed up for the Citi American Airlines Executive Card when it was offering 100,000 bonus miles.
johnf pointed out though that there are links available with both Avis and National that let you sign up and receive elite status instantly.
Avis has their MasterCard World Elite signup offer online. This gives you instant Avis First status. You’ll have to enter a MasterCard as your credit card of choice.
National Car Rental makes their signup link available as well. Which means most should be able to use it.
Years ago you used to be able to sign up for Avis Presidents Club status online. It was a benefit of the Continental Presidental Plus World MasterCard. But anyone could use it. Some people found that Avis eventually checked accounts against a cardholder list and downgraded those that didn’t have the card, others simply kept the status.
Interestingly the link that I posted in 2007 is still live. I haven’t tried to see if it still works. I’d be suprised if it does, at least for long (the 10 days they say it could take to upgrade your account status may involve a process of verifying you’re eligible, so you may not wind up with status this way).
Avis may be about to revamp its loyalty program in any case, so unclear how Avis status now will translate.