Aeroplan has added a new reward car rental redemption partner. Members can now redeem for Budget car rentals online. Avis has already been available.
Budget has over 3,000 rental locations in Canada, US, Latin America, and Europe. As an added bonus, members can currently earn 100 miles every time they redeem for a Budget car rental.
Here is a screen shot of a 1 week car rental:
I value 1 Aeroplan mile at 1.6 cents per mile. Therefore, 51,500 miles could have been redeem for at least $834 on something else. Is a 1 week car rental worth $834? Probably not. Especially since this is one of the cheaper options. It only goes up from here.
But if you have Aeroplan miles that you do not plan on using on flight and you rather use miles rather than dishing out your hard earned cash for a car rental, then this may make sense for you.
Redeem for One-Way
A new feature added is that members can redeem for one-way rentals with Avis and Budget, by simply choosing to return their vehicle at a different location than the original pick-up location.
Members can now cancel up until their scheduled pick-up time, and their miles will be refunded at no cost.
Even though it may not seem like the best use of your miles to get the best bang for your buck, I am just glad to see Aeroplan expand their reward options, it can only be a good thing!