Free Rental Car Status through MasterCard

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A little known benefit of a credit card you may already own is free rental car status through MasterCard World Elite.  For example, my Barclaycard Arrival + MasterCard is World Elite.  If you have a MasterCard (and most people d0), check the front or the back of the card for the “World Elite” title under the logo.  Common airline credit cards that are World Elite include Hawaiian, American, and Virgin.

Once you have identified you MasterCard Elite, the easiest way to enroll is to call 1-855-802-1387 from the US.  Currently the offers are for Avis, National, and Sixt.  So what do you get with the rental car status?  Here is a handy chart that shows you the benefits:

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Daily Getaways Valuation

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 4.37.51 PMThe US Travel Association is once again running its Daily Getaways promotion.  Beginning March 23 there will be a different offer for a limited time each day.  An interesting change this: there is NO added discount for using an Amex card.  You can find discounts on rental cars, hotels, and theme parks.  Only the first three weeks’ offers have been posted as of this post.

Likely the most popular offers will be for the hotel stays that, for the most part, come in the form of loyalty points.  Below I have created a grid that shows the cost per point for each of the hotel point offers.

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