2020 upgrades

Old Jun 5, 2020, 4:18 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Newcastle, UK
Programs: BA Silver, IHG Gold, Hilton Gold, Hertz 5*, Avis Preferred Plus, Amex Plat
Posts: 2,080
Status: Preferred Plus

Location: Newcastle Airport NCL, 1 June
Reserved: Cheapest group A - Fiat 500 or similar
Assigned: Group B - Vauxhall Corsa
Unexpectedly fun to drive, and came with Car Play/ Android Auto which was very welcome at this price. Perfectly happy with it for running around. Didn't look like it had been touched since before COVID lockdown.
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Old Aug 4, 2020, 11:23 am
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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Dallas, TX
Programs: Southwest A-List Preferred, Delta Silver, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold Elite, Avis PP
Posts: 192
Status: PP
Location: ATL
Reserved: Intermediate
Assigned: not assigned anything
Checked the Avis app after landing and all that showed up were Chevy Traverse SUV's. Kept refreshing from the gate to the rental car center and nothing else popped up. Ended up taking a 2020 Traverse with 235 miles since the line at the Preferred desk was 15 people deep.
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Old Aug 14, 2020, 10:01 am
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Join Date: May 2019
Location: PIT
Programs: Hertz PC, National Exec Elite
Posts: 56
Status: PP
Location: PHF
Reserved: Fullsize
Received: 2020 Jeep Gladiator. This was for a one way to PIT. I was very surprised that they had Gladiators -- it was either that or an anemic Dodge Journey.
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Old Aug 18, 2020, 7:19 pm
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Location: ATL/TLV/SDF
Programs: AA EXP, UA LT Ag, Marriott LT Ti, Hyatt Glob, Avis PC, Busted-Knuckles Club Grand Poobah.
Posts: 2,609
Status: PPlus
Location: DCA
Reserved: Intermediate
Assigned: None
Received: Picked a brand-new Honda Accord from the app. Nice car! But it looked like it had been sitting in a parking lot for months, very dirty windows and tons of leaves in the valley between hood and windshield.

Status: PPlus

Location: DFW
Reserved: Intermediate
Assigned: I forget. Something dull.
Received: Picked a Camry from the app, but it stank of cigarettes, took an Optima. I hate smokers!
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Old Sep 5, 2020, 7:26 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Dallas, TX
Programs: Southwest A-List Preferred, Delta Silver, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold Elite, Avis PP
Posts: 192
Status: PP
Location: BOS
Reserved: Intermediate
Assigned: Ford Ecosport 4WD SUV
Kept checking the app and all of the options coming up were older SUV's with 30-40k miles. I've usually had decent luck with getting better options on the app, but I wonder if because I was dropping off the car at another location I was getting higher mileage options. The Ecosport only had 2,000 miles and has good features so it hasn't been bad, but trying to get up to speed on the interstate is a bit of a challenge.
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Old Sep 9, 2020, 2:50 am
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Join Date: Jan 2020
Programs: BAEC, IHG, Melia, Avis
Posts: 6
Status: Preferred
Location: NCE - Nice
Reserved: Group D - Nissan Qashqai or similar
Assigned: Nothing - used the app
Received: Mercedes E220D
It was nicer than a Nissan and I was very grateful for the upgrade with my lack of status, but Mercedes are not what they were. Much prefer an Audi or BMW.

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Old Sep 9, 2020, 5:25 am
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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: UK
Programs: BA Gold, HH Diamond
Posts: 2
Status: PC
Location: EMA
Reserved: Group I - Golf automatic or similar
Assigned: n/a
Received: Mercedes A200d AMG (not sure of the group for this but was told it was an upgraded one).

Great car to drive and definitely an improvement on the Golf.
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Old Oct 5, 2020, 11:29 am
  #23  
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Dallas, TX
Programs: Southwest A-List Preferred, Delta Silver, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold Elite, Avis PP
Posts: 192
Status: PP
Location: BNA
Reserved: Intermediate
Assigned: Assigned 2020 Mazda CX-5
Checked the Avis app after landing - had a 2020 4Runner and a 2019 Traverse. Kept the Mazda since I'm a big fan of them.
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Old Oct 13, 2020, 8:46 am
  #24  
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Dallas, TX
Programs: Southwest A-List Preferred, Delta Silver, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold Elite, Avis PP
Posts: 192
Status: PP
Location: MSY
Reserved: Compact
Assigned: no assignment in app - went to Preferred Desk
Location barely had any cars in the lot - was assigned a 2019 Nissan Rogue at the desk. Didn't ask about any other options because the lot was empty at the time.
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Old Oct 16, 2020, 10:26 am
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Join Date: Nov 2010
Programs: National Exec, Hertz PC, Avis PC, Sixt Plat, Hilton Gold, Marriott Gold, Wyndham Diamond, TR Diamond
Posts: 89
FLL

Status: PC
Location: FLL (one way to PGD)
Booked: Full Size
Assigned: Mazda 6
Received: 2020 Yukon Denali XL

Other swap options were two Tahoes. The assigned vehicle was laughable but surprised it gave me an option for this.
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Old Nov 24, 2020, 2:22 am
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Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: France
Programs: too many
Posts: 686
Status: PC
Location: CF8 Niort, France
Booked: Midsize group D (Nissan Quashqai manual)
Assigned: Group E Nissan Quashqai automatic
Received: Same

Small location and during lockdown had a limited number of cars available (the other 2 cars on the lot were a Toyoha C-HR and a Renault Twingo), so I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to get me an upgrade. Stellar service at this location, and the car was perfect for my needs.
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Old Dec 17, 2020, 8:17 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: DCA
Programs: FB Gold Privilege
Posts: 413
Status: PC
Location: OGG
Booked: Full Size
Assigned: N/A (must show pink COVID slip to be assigned a car)
Received: 2018 GLE350 RWD with 20k

Inside operations were moved to preferred desk outside due to COVID I believe. Had to wait 30min after UA and AA were nice enough to send a 77W/77E to OGG at the same time while Preferred desk was used for all pax.

The MB was a really nice SUV, was great for exploring Maui.
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Old Dec 26, 2020, 7:25 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SFO/DTW
Programs: DL PM 0.5MM, Hyatt Globalist, HHonors Gold, SPG Plat, Marriott Gold, Avis PC, National EE, Hertz PC
Posts: 1,988
Status: PC
Location: SFO
Reserved: Luxury
Assigned: Mercedes C300
Received: 2020 Range Rover Velar with 11.5k miles on the clock!

Pretty much a walk-up to the counter after National had nothing. Hertz would not let me book (Sold out). Agent initially offered a C300 after luxury was sold out. Ask for something bigger (saw a Range Rover) and asked if I could take that, but counter agent said no. Was then offered a Pathfinder (said no), was then offered a Velar (same car I asked initially). Was confused, but no rate change so took the contract before she decided to change her mind. Car had 12 PSI on one tire and a missing exterior door handle piece. Pumped up air and car was good to go! Pretty much my only upgrade ever at SFO.
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Old Dec 29, 2020, 5:47 am
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: BER
Posts: 512
Status: PC
Location: Berlin, Germany (downtown location)
Reserved: Intermediate (group D) - e.g. Skoda Octavia
Assigned: Full size wagon (group N) - Volvo XC60 (automatic, Diesel, navigation) with 8 km on the clock
Received: Same.
Did not ask for other options, although they had at least a dozen other cars in the garage at the time.
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Old Feb 3, 2021, 1:49 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: BER
Posts: 512
Status: PC
Location: Berlin, Germany (downtown location)
Reserved: Intermediate (group D) - e.g. Skoda Octavia
Assigned: Nothing assigned on arrival.
Received: Premium special (group F) - Volvo V90
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