American and Avis Budget Group this morning announced details of their new preferred partnership agreement. Avis, Budget, and now Payless will be the preferred care rental partners of American’s AAdvantage program and will improve the mileage earning benefits for members.
Earning for AAdvantage members increases from 50 miles per rental day to 500 or more miles for each qualifying rental. Corporate travelers can now earn a minimum of 500 miles on a typical two-day business trip rental instead of earning 100 miles for the same under the old scheme.
“We’re excited to strengthen our relationship with American Airlines and bring the half a million passengers they fly each day an easy way to get from the runway to the highway in one of our quality vehicles,” said Stephen Wright, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Avis Budget Group. “This enhanced partnership will help us generate incremental rentals and now, with the new mileage accrual and the addition of Payless, renting a vehicle is even more rewarding than ever.”
American and Avis have been partners for more than 30 years while Budget began its AAdvantage partnership in 1998.