The Ultimate Guide to Advantage Rent A Car [Expressway Loyalty Program]

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Advantage Rent A Car probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you’re thinking about car rental companies. While it’s not as big as its competitors, this Orlando-based company has over 33 U.S. locations at major airports (and a few hotels).

In this post, we’ll show you how to use Advantage to rent a car, and we’ll go over its Expressway loyalty program. Finally, we’ll do some price comparisons to see if Advantage can save you money.

How to Rent a Car Through Advantage

Renting a car through Advantage requires only a few simple steps.

  1. Enter your rental location and dates in the search box on the Advantage homepage. If you’ve got a promo or corporate discount code, enter it here as well.

    Advantage Rent A Car homepage
    Image Credit: Advantage
  2. Next, you’ll see the search results. There isn’t a way to sort or filter them, but the number of results tends to be smaller than other car rental agencies, so it should be easy to quickly find what you’re looking for. You’ll see 2 prices. The Pay Later price will be higher but has a flexible cancellation policy. The Pay Now price will be lower but comes with cancellation fees.

    Advantage Car Rental Pay Now Pay Later prices
    Advantage offers 2 prices for each rental — a Pay Now price and a Pay Later price. Image Credit: Advantage
  3. Next, you can choose additional options, like a child safety seat or an additional driver. You may notice there isn’t an option to add insurance. This can only be done at the rental counter. More information is below.

    Advantage Car Rental options
    Image Credit: Advantage
  4. Finally, you’ll be able to confirm your reservation details, enter payment information, and complete your reservation.

Do You Need to Add Extra Insurance?

Unlike other car rental agencies, Advantage does not offer additional insurance coverage at the time of booking. These options are only available at the rental counter.

But, if you have the right credit card in your wallet, you may not need to purchase an additional policy from Advantage. Many credit cards come with a CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) and some even include primary coverage. Having primary coverage means you don’t have to make a claim with your own insurance first.

One of our favorite credit cards that comes with primary car rental insurance is the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. In addition to great car rental coverage, this card comes with lots of benefits and it earns valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Hot Tip: If the Chase Sapphire Preferred card isn’t for you, there are lots of other great credit cards that come with car rental insurance benefits.

Manager’s Special

The Manager’s Special is Advantage’s version of an opaque booking. An opaque booking is one in which you don’t know the exact car you’re renting until after your booking is complete.

When you rent a Manager’s Special car, you’ll receive a compact car or higher, but you won’t know specifically until you get to the rental lot.

Be careful with these because the price is sometimes higher than the price of a compact car. So, if you’re just looking for the cheapest option, the Manager’s Special might not be it. However, it could be a good option if you want to take a chance at an upgrade.

Advantage Managers Special
Advantage’s Manager’s Special deals are opaque bookings — you won’t know the exact type of car you’re renting until you pick it up. Image Credit: Advantage

Pay Now vs. Pay Later

When you book a Pay Now price, you’ll save some money, but you’ll also be subject to cancellation fees. If you cancel a Pay Now reservation more than 24 hours before the pick-up time, you’ll be charged a $50 fee. If you cancel a Pay Now fare within 24 hours of the scheduled pick-up time, you’ll forfeit the whole payment.

Advantage Expressway

Advantage’s Expressway loyalty program is a little different than other car rental agencies’ programs. With Expressway, you don’t earn points. What you will earn is perks based on the number of rentals you’ve completed, plus a bonus reward each time you rent a car.

As an Expressway member, you’ll earn a reward with every rental regardless of your elite level. Plus, you’ll have access to the Expressway Lane at rental locations.

Advantage Expressway loyalty program
Image Credit: Advantage

Base: 1-2 Rentals

You’ll be a Base level member with 1-2 car rentals. Upon enrollment, you’ll earn a bonus reward of either a Basic Upgrade or a Free Day.

Silver: 3-4 Rentals

As a Silver member, you’ll earn 1 Pit Stop Reward. A Pit Stop Reward allows you to bring the vehicle back to the rental agency without filling up the tank. They’ll fill it up for you and a charge of $2.50 per gallon will be added to your bill.

Gold: 5-6 Rentals

As a Gold member, you’ll receive 1 Pit Stop Reward and your choice of an additional perk — either GPS, a toll pass, or a car seat.

Platinum: 7+ Rentals

Once you earn Platinum status, you’ll get a Pit Stop Reward plus your choice of an additional perk (GPS, toll pass, or car seat) on every rental.

Hot Tip: You’ll earn a higher status level in the Expressway program based on the number of times you have rented a car through Advantage. Regardless of status level, you’ll earn 1 reward after each car rental.

Random Earned Rewards

What makes the Expressway program unique is that you’ll earn a random reward after every rental.

Your reward may be one of the following:

  • Basic Upgrade: upgrade to a full-size car from an economy, compact, intermediate, or standard car
  • Free Day: this reward removes 1 day’s rate on a rental of at least 2 days.
  • Free Weekend: this reward removes the cost of 2 days’ worth of rentals when the rental period is at least 3 days long and includes Saturday and Sunday
  • Advantage Expressway: a speedy checkout line is available at these airport locations:
    • Orlando International (MCO)
    • McCarran International-Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Daniel K. Inouye International-Honolulu (HNL)
    • Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
    • Los Angeles International (LAX)
    • San Francisco International (SFO)

This reward is only available to Silver, Gold, and Platinum members:

  • Pit Stop Reward: return the car without filling up and you’ll only be charged $2.50 per gallon for the gas you used

These rewards are only available to Gold and Platinum members:

  • Free Toll Pass: Advantage’s toll package will be applied to your rental, allowing you to go through unlimited tolls for free
  • Free Child’s Car Seat: you’ll get 1 free car seat for your rental
  • Free GPS Navigation: you’ll get 1 free GPS unit for your rental

This reward is only available to Platinum members:

  • Platinum Upgrade Reward: upgrade can be applied to full-size cars, premium cars, intermediate SUVs, and standard minivans; you’ll be upgraded to a premium car, intermediate SUV, standard SUV, standard minivan, or premium minivan

Bottom Line: The Expressway loyalty program rewards you each time you rent a car. These rewards can’t be transferred or redeemed for cash and are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Advantage Mobile App

The Advantage Rent A Car mobile app offers lots of benefits and perks right at your fingertips.

With the mobile app, you’ll be able to do all of the following:

  • Rent a car
  • Get real-time estimates of when your car will be ready
  • Use promo codes
  • Access customer support any time of day
Advantage Car Rental Mobile App 1
Image Credit: Advantage

Price Comparisons

To see if you’ll save money with Advantage Rent A Car, we priced out a few options and compared the results to prices from other popular car rental agencies including Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Type of CarAdvantageAlamoEnterpriseHertzNational
Cheapest available$555.49$387.98$382.59$564.58$590.22
Intermediate SUV$587.58$436.47$455.70$649.11$679.67

All prices are for a week-long rental and include taxes and fees.

Advantage came out in the middle of the pack on both price comparisons. It’s important to keep in mind that car rental prices can vary widely across companies, so it’s always smart to compare prices across a few websites before making a booking.

Final Thoughts

Advantage Rent A Car has a smaller footprint than a lot of the other popular car rental companies, but they do have locations in many major U.S. airports.

If you rent with Advantage, be sure to sign up for the Expressway loyalty program. When you join, you’ll receive either a basic upgrade or a free day, plus you’ll receive an additional reward each time you rent a car.

Frequently asked questions

Does Advantage Rent A Car come with unlimited mileage?

Unlimited mileage is available in select airport locations for no additional charge. These locations include BOS, DEN, EWR, FLL, HNL, IAD, JFK, LAS, LAX, LGA, LIH, MCO, MIA, OGG, PHL, RSW, SAN, SEA, SFB, and SNA.

Other locations charge for unlimited mileage.

Does Advantage Rent A Car take debit cards?

Yes, Advantage takes debit cards in certain situations. Local renters (those renting a car within 65 miles of the address listed on their driver’s license) and renters without a departing flight are not allowed to pay with a debit card.

Where can I find an Advantage Rent A Car promo code?

You can find promo codes for Advantage on sites like RetailMeNot or CouponChief.  You can also save on Advantage car rentals if you’re a AAA member or a Rental Car Mama member.

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About Katie Seemann

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