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Yes, your Avis Preferred points do expire if you have had no activity on your account for 12 months. As per the Avis Preferred T&Cs:
“Avis Preferred Points earned or otherwise obtained by an Avis Preferred Member will be forfeited without notice if the Avis Preferred member becomes Inactive. An Avis Preferred Member is considered “Inactive” if during a 12-month period: (a) the Avis Preferred Member has not completed an eligible rental at a participating Avis location; (b) the Avis Preferred Member has not earned or redeemed any Avis Preferred Points, or (c) the Avis Preferred Member’s account has been cancelled.”
Unfortunately, that is not the only hurdle Avis puts in your way. Avis Preferred points have a finite lifespan of 60 months, even if your account is active and in good standing. Per the terms and conditions:
“Points are valid for sixty (60) months from when they were earned. In the event that the Avis Preferred member fails to exercise any redemption of earned points within such sixty (60) month period, the points are deemed forfeited and surrendered back to Avis and shall have no value to the Avis Preferred Member and will be removed from any of the Member’s accounts.”
The only exception from the 60 months expiration policy is for residents of Ontario, Canada, whose points never expire… but can be “canceled” due to inactivity. Per the T&Cs:
“Points earned by residents of the province of Ontario, Canada do not expire. However these points may be canceled due to inactivity.”
How to Keep Avis Preferred Points From Expiring Due to Inactivity
To keep your account active, you must undertake one of the following actions every 12 months:
- Earn points for completing a rental at an eligible location.
- Earn points for renting accessories like SiriusXM Radio, GPS, child safety seats, or roadside assistance.
- Redeem your Avis Preferred points for a rental.
Remember that taxes, fees, and surcharges associated with rental cars and accessories do not earn you any Avis points. As a result, they do not count toward maintaining an active account.
Finally, while ensuring that you undertake an activity that counts, you must also ensure that you do not break any Avis preferred rules. This would lead to your account cancellation and the forfeiture of your points.
Related: How to Get Rental Car Elite Status for Free (including Avis Preferred Plus)
How to Track Your Avis Preferred Point Expiration
You can track your Avis Preferred point expiration for free through AwardWallet. All you need to do is sign into your AwardWallet account and click “Add Award Program to Track.” Or, you can click here to add an Avis Preferred account.
By doing so, AwardWallet will take the hassle out of tracking your Avis Preferred point expiration. You'll automatically get alerted by email when you have points that are expiring soon. Or, you can set up calendar reminders of all point expirations.
The Avis Preferred expiry policy is one of the harshest we have seen.
Programs tend to have a set life span or an inactivity threshold, but rarely both! Unfortunately, the Avis program has both and isn't very member friendly. Plus, it creates undue pressure.
It also leaves members with a limited scope of accumulating a ton of points towards a one-off, big aspirational redemption. Therefore, with such a strict program, it is best to maintain a transactional loyalty relationship with Avis Preferred.
Simply earn and burn through your points as fast as possible. We recommend that you don’t worry too much about stockpiling a large balance!
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