Aeroplan Elite Status and Premium Credit Cards: Status Match to Avis Preferred

 

Aeroplan operates a series of partnerships with leading brands across a variety of different industries in Canada, including Starbucks, Rocky Mountaineer, LCBO, and Uber. 

One additional key partnership is now taking a big step forward. As of today, Aeroplan Elite Status members and holders of premium Aeroplan co-branded credit cards will be able to match to Avis Preferred elite status, all the way up to Avis President’s Club.

As of October 3, 2022, Aeroplan Elite members and holders of premium Aeroplan co-branded credit cards can match to two separate tiers of Avis Preferred elite status.

Aeroplan 75K and Super Elite members, as well as primary cardholders of premium Aeroplan credit cards, will be able to match to Avis President’s Club status. As a reminder, the following are considered premium Aeroplan cards:

Aeroplan Premium Credit Cards
Credit Card Best Offer Value
Up to 90,000 Aeroplan points $1,921 Apply Now
90,000 Aeroplan points $1,449 Apply Now
115,000 Aeroplan points $1,278 Apply Now
90,000 Aeroplan points $676 Apply Now

Meanwhile, Aeroplan 25K, 35K, and 50K members are eligible to match to Avis Preferred Plus status.

As part of the status match, members agree to set Aeroplan points as the default earning currency on Avis rentals instead of Avis Preferred points. This is something you should already be doing for Avis car rentals, anyway.

The one-time status match to Avis President’s Club is the most compelling and exciting opportunity at hand here, since it’s typically an invitation-only elite tier typically reserved for corporate customers with much more enticing benefits. This invitation-only tier is now, in practice, open to everyone, since all you need to do is either already hold or apply for a new premium Aeroplan credit card to enjoy President’s Club benefits through 2023.

As for Avis Preferred Plus, you can still earn this status tier without being an Aeroplan elite member. For example, you can earn Hilton Gold status courtesy of the American Express Platinum Card, and then match Hilton Gold to National Executive Elite status, and then match your National Elite status to Avis Preferred status.

To take advantage of this Avis status matching opportunity, first sign up for an Avis Preferred account, then head to the dedicated Air Canada landing page to request the status match.

Note that if you request the status match in 2022, your Avis Preferred status will last for the rest of the 2022, followed by all of 2023. Maintaining status in subsequent years will depend on your rentals days, as per the old-fashioned way.

Status match requests from 2023 onwards will be subject to a validity period that’s still to be determined:

For requests processed in 2022, all status match requests will be honoured until December 31, 2023. Thereafter, Avis® reserves the right to determine the validity period of the status benefit offering, which may differ from the effective periods of the Preferred Status or Aeroplan Elite Status generally offered by Aeroplan and Avis®

What Does Avis Preferred Status Get You? 

Avis President’s Club comes with quite a few enticing benefits, including the following:

  • Guaranteed rental car availability up to full-size cars, for reservations made at least 24 hours in advance
  • Complimentary two-class upgrade when available, if originally booked as an intermediate vehicle (class C) or higher
  • Dedicated phone line for reservations and customer service

The first one is actually an extremely useful benefit that might not appear as such at first glance. With the recent chip shortage and car rental fleet deficits showing no signs of stopping, it’s more important than ever before to book your rental car weeks in advance, or even as soon as you book the rest of the trip.

Having guaranteed rental car availability will provide more peace of mind that you’ll definitely have a rental car available to you, as long as you book at least 24 hours in advance.

As for complimentary car upgrades, this is available across participating Avis locations in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. That being said, this benefit is somewhat comparable to “suite-talking” with hotels – just because the car is available and you’re eligible for an upgrade, doesn’t mean you’ll always get it without asking.

Meanwhile, Avis Preferred Plus members receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary one-class upgrade when available, if originally booked as an intermediate vehicle (class C) or higher
  • Special Avis Preferred Plus number for reservations and customer service support
  • Exclusive monthly email offers

Although less exciting than President’s Club, Avis Preferred Plus still offers upgrades based on availability and a dedicated phone line. If you have a qualifying Aeroplan Elite Status tier, there’s no reason not to go for the Avis status match.

Conclusion

Aeroplan and Avis have deepened their relationship by offering Avis Preferred status as a status match for Aeroplan Elite Status members and primary cardholders of premium Aeroplan co-branded credit cards.

As of October 3, 2022, Aeroplan 75K, Super Elite, and premium Aeroplan credit cardholders can match to Avis President’s Club status, which comes with a two-class car upgrade, guaranteed car availability, and a dedicated phone line for customer support.

Aeroplan 25K, 35K, and 50K members will be able to match to Avis Preferred Plus status, which comes with a one-class car upgrade and a special phone number for customer support. 

This Aeroplan and Avis status-matching opportunity is quite powerful, as President’s Club is an invitation-only status tier that’s otherwise unattainable. Be sure to sign up for an Avis Preferred account and request your status match by the end of 2022 in order to enjoy benefits throughout all of 2023.