Some followup on the Delta 9,999 bonus miles for a single day car rental offer.
First, some have been interpreting that the offer is good three times with Avis and three times with Budget. My read was three times total between Avis and Budget. I could be proven wrong, but I’m not making a 4th rental to try it out.
Second, print everything and I mean everything. I printed the offer itself. I printed the page where I enter all the information about the rental (including my Skymiles number, etc). I printed the confirmation page. I’m saving all of those, and will save my rental receipt as well.
There are tons of things that could go wrong here and mess with the bonus posting. Somehow rentals are flagged as being booked through iSeatz, which provides Delta’s car rental bookings, iSeats presumably gets info back on which rentals booked through the site are consummated. And that’s how the bonus is triggered. But if the Avis location messes with the reservation the chain could easily be broken.
I picked up a car today at National airport. The agent there recognized me and, to be helpful, offered to plug in my wizard number. No thanks! That might count as another discount, promotion, or offer which would void my 10,000 bonus miles!
I handed over my credit card. Whoops — it’s the same card (Diners Club, for the primary rental insurance) I have linked to my Wizard nuimber. The Avis system automatically grabbed my Wizard number and added it to the reservation. And that triggered my corporate discount code to enter the reservation and drop the price. Uh oh! They had to work to get that puppy out of there, as it would have invalidated my 10,000 Delta miles (over a $10 savings). They got it out but I’m willing to bet the miles don’t post automatically now. So I’ll have to wait six weeks and follow up.
For my next rental I’ll be careful not to let them add my Wizard number and not to hand them my Diners Club card, either. But I’ll still flash my super-ultra-premium elite card, and just ask them for a better car without touching the reservation . . . (I love my miles, but I love my upgrades too).