In Tampa, rented an intermediate, got a Camaro SS.
Yesterday I was on a business trip to Chattanooga, TN. I am an Avis President’s Club member. But not an Avis First member. I am not sure exactly how that works. You would think as a President’s Club I would automatically get Avis First. I guess it is in the way I received the President’s Club membership. I e-mailed for it and got it for free. That is right, I didn’t have to earn it the traditional way.
You see, I work for a big company that has lots of business travelers. So all the major business travel vendors have a relationship with us with negotiated rates and special programs. I e-mailed my corporate travel desk, and asked them to request Avis First/President’s club for me. They did, and were willing to make me President’s club. Great!
So yesterday I go to Chattanooga, and pick-up my rental, and am very surprised at my upgrade. I didn’t even have to ask for it. A Volvo s60. How about that?
I ended up driving about 200 miles in it, and really enjoyed its handling, suspension, and pick-up. The only downside is (I think) it is front wheel drive and I prefer rear wheel drive. I could feel some understeer when I took a quick turn. What Avis or rental car upgrades have you been surprised with? I would say my worst “downgrade” was a lime green Volkswagen beetle in 2007 in Ft. Lauderdale that I had to share with another business traveller.