certs for travel vs others.


Old Apr 23, 05, 5:23 pm
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certs for travel vs others.

I see I can claim 10k points for use against car rentals at $100 value or other travel using certs rather than having points converted. I want to do a 3 month AVIS car rental. However the variable is the rate that AMEX's Travel centre can get.

I know I can get a better rate so my question is how do I get the same rate through AMEX Travel rather than the lazy rates they will get for me??? I simply do not want to burn points on their losy deals.
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Old Apr 23, 05, 6:28 pm
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When I've booked through PLT travel services the daily rates the quote me sound high BUT the quote an average price per day rather than X weekdays @$ and X weekend days @$. When I compare that to a quote from the car rental people directly they usually end up very very close. I don't use priceline type bookings so I don't know that comparision.

I would personally use the certificates when renting a car during high dollar times when there are NO good deals. We like to use them when we are renting a 4WD suv from Denver at spring break or Christmas. Rates are sickening then so the certificates help!
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