Driving value home
Renting the right
car can steer you
on the right path
Free Double Upgrade –
That’s On Top of Your
Rent an Avis car for a
week or a weekend
and receive a two-
car group upgrade.
An advance reservation
with a request for a double
upgrade is required.
Rental must begin by 8/31/06.
By Stephanie E. Ponder
THERE’S NO PLACE like home for the holi- to help keep younger passengers entertained.
days. Often the biggest problem is figuring out Ultimately, as they say, it’s not about the
how to get there. Renting a car is a convenient destination, it’s about the trip. With the cor-way to get your family to a destination, or to rect preparation, getting there could very well
help ease the burden of transportation once be the best part of the holidays. C
But to make sure you’re getting the right
vehicle for your trip—and the best value for
your dollar—there are a number of things to
consider. Here’s a checklist.
■ What is your destination? Are you
going on a skiing vacation or a camping trip?
A van or SUV with ample room for passengers and ski or camping gear would be the
appropriate choice. The vehicle should also
offer control in inclement weather.
Costco Travel and Avis
offer members a great
value on a variety of
exclusive car-rental features.
book online at
or call Costco Travel toll-free
■ Do you need the car simply to get
around and sightsee from your hotel?
Something fun and sporty might be a better
option. If the weather permits, a convertible
makes tooling around town a full sensory
To save every time you rent, always
provide your Avis Worldwide Discount
(AWD) number A108347. Be sure to
mention the coupon number UUGA026.
■ Are you going to be traveling in unfamiliar territory? Make sure the rental agency
has vehicles with navigation systems to help
you find your way—and that they can supply
you with information about the area to help
maximize your time there.
Terms and Conditions
■ How big is your group? If you have a
large family heading to a destination or to a
reunion of many family members, or if you’re
hosting friends and family and won’t have
enough room in your own car, you’ll want a
vehicle that can accommodate the entire
group. Another option is renting a couple of
Avis Access. This service is for drivers and
passengers with disabilities. The program
offers cars with hand controls, panoramic mirrors, transfer boards and swivel seats. These
features are available at no additional cost.
Child safety. Picking up a car seat with the
rental car is easier for parents than lugging
one through the airport. A manager trained
in installing car seats is available at each
Avis Assist. This portable navigation system
can be used in or out of the vehicle. Program
in the address of where you want to go, and
downloaded text directions and voice prompts
will talk you through to your destination.
On-the-road entertainment. Many SUVs
provide ample room for passengers and ski
equipment, and come equipped with DVD
players at no additional cost. Hummer H3s
are available at most locations; in Phoenix
these Hummers feature 135 TV channels to
entertain passengers. Hundreds of radio
channels are available via XM satellite radio
in all premium and luxury cars.
Avis Preferred Service. This service for frequent travelers provides extra speed and convenience by allowing them to avoid lines and
go straight to the car. Enroll as a preferred
member and Avis will keep a car preference
and credit-card profile on file.
Big savings. Costco members receive up to
a 25 percent discount on Avis’ prices.
■ What are the ages of the family members traveling? If you are traveling with
infants, an elderly parent or grandparent, or
someone with physical restrictions, you need
certain safety features and amenities. Before
renting, describe the group you’re traveling
with, ask what features would be available and
see if there is an additional cost. If it’s a long
trip with few diversions, The Costco Connection
find out whether your To reserve an Avis rental car, visit costco.com and select
rental agency offers DVD "Travel" and then "Avis—Book Online" or call Costco Travel
players or satellite radio, toll-free at 1-877-849-2730.
Coupon valid for a one-time, two-car group upgrade on
an Intermediate (Group C) or a Full Size two-door (Group
D) car. Maximum upgrade to Premium (Group G). Offer is
valid on weekend and weekly rates only. This offer
serves as your coupon. Coupon must be surrendered at
time of rental; one per rental. Coupon is valid at
participating Avis locations in the contiguous United
States and Canada. An advance reservation with a
request for a double upgrade is required. The upgraded
car is subject to availability at time of rental. Renter must
meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum
age is 25, but may vary by location. Rental must begin by
8/31/2006. Travel purchases are not included in Executive
Membership 2% Reward program. Costco Travel disclaims
liability for any inaccuracies or typographical errors.
Costco Travel is a registered seller of travel and travel
agency in the following states: Washington ( WS T
602042600), Ohio (8789302), Florida (Fla. Seller of Travel
Reg. No.S T32555) and California (CS T 2054248-50).
Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute
approval by the state of California.
Rental Sales Agent Instructions. At Checkout:
In AWD, enter A108347. Assign customer a car two
groups higher than car group reserved. Upgrade to no
higher than group G. Charge for car group reserved.
In CPN, enter UUGA026.
Complete this information:
Rental Location ______________________________
Attach to COUPON tape. COUPON UUGA026