Weekend Car Rentals (Avis vs. Hertz) If you are going for a weekend trip and you would like to rent a car, you might find yourself torn choosing between Avis or Hertz. To help you decide, here is a summary of what you can expect from both rental companies.

  • Avis has more affordable rates.
  • Avis has 30 models of cars to choose from.
  • Avis offers extended roadside assistance, loss damage waiver, personal accident insurance, supplementary liability insurance and emergency sickness plan.
  • You can reserve your unit with accessories such as TravelTab Adventurer, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, GPS Navigation and Child Safety seats.
  • You can save on long term rentals and there’s no minimum day required.
  • You can enroll to Select& Go so you can keep or exchange your pre-assigned vehicle for free. You can also upgrade your vehicle by just paying a daily fee.
  • They have 50 airport locations in the United States and Canada
  • They have fuel plans.
  • You can get discounts if you pay online at the time of the reservation.
  • You can earn additional points if you happen to book with their partner airline, hotel or other companies.
  • They have special offers for businesses
  • They have an app that can organize your itinerary if you have booked with multiple travel websites. It is called Avis Tripit.
  • Avis Preferred is what they call their reward program. You have to reach 700 points for a free day rental and 250 for renting accessories. You can earn extra 100 points if you enroll to Avis Preferred points and rent once within 3 months. You can earn 100 points and more every time you rent with Avis.
  • They have no blackout dates for redeeming points.
  • If you happen to frequently rent, you can be upgraded to their Avis Preferred Plus which can earn you more rewards.
  • Adding an additional driver is about $3/day. Rates may vary per area but it will be shown once you try to book a reservation.

  • Hertz is a lot more expensive.
  • Hertz have different collections of cars. They have over 30 models available.
  • They have the adrenaline collection(muscle cars), green traveler(low emission and fuel efficient cars),prestige collection(luxury cars) and dream collection(finest sports cars).
  • They also have RV rental service which they call Apollo RV rentals.
  • They have their own GPS navigation system called Hertz Neverlost Magellan GPS.
  • If Avis has an e-toll that has a convenience fee of $3.95, Hertz has Platepass which will allow you to use cashless lanes as well but the convenience fee is $4.95.
  • They have SiriusXM Satellite Radio too.
  • Hertz also caters to people with disabilities.
  • Hertz also has an Easy Access Bus at several airport locations.
  • Additional Driver fee with Hertz is $13.50 per day.
  • Once you checkout, you will see the following fees and insurance. Loss Damage Waiver, Liability Insurance Supplement, Concession Recovery Surcharge and Transportation facility fee. It doesn’t have a breakdown and it just shows the full amount of what you are going to pay.
  • Hertz has a Gold Plus Rewards program. Their points do not expire and there are no blackout dates as well.
  • You will just have to get 880 points to redeem a free day rental. You can exchange your points for air miles too.


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