Save On Silvercar Rentals With Amex Offers

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For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most American Express cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases, the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.

Save On Silvercar Rentals With Amex Offers

A new offer has just been rolled out for my favorite car rental company, Silvercar. I like Silvercar because they have an all Audi fleet, excellent customer service, and use technology well to make the rental experience better. The main downside is that they only have a couple dozen locations, so they don’t have the footprint of some of the “big guys.”

Anyway, if you’re interested in renting a Silvercar, there’s a new targeted Amex Offer that could represent a good deal.

With this new, targeted Amex Offer, you can earn $100 back when you spend $450+ with Silvercar by Audi by February 22, 2020.

This promotion is valid for rentals at all Silvercar locations. This promotion is targeted, though it at least seems to be pretty widely targeted, as I see the offer on several of my cards.

Obviously, $450 is a fairly significant amount to spend, though this could be useful for someone who is making a longer rental with Silvercar, or who rents with them often, since the $450 in spending can be in multiple transactions.

If you haven’t yet rented from Silvercar, you can stack this with their generous referral program. With this, you can get $25 in cash after your first rental if you’re referred by an existing customer.

If you enter my code, BSCHLAPPIG, at the time you sign-up for Silvercar, you’ll get that after your first rental (and I’ll get the same). Just go to the top right of silvercar.com and click on “sign-up,” and then enter your email address and password. Once your email address has been verified you can log-in and enter the above referral code.

Now, the one downside to this promotion is that you have to pay with an Amex card, which has two downsides for Silvercar rentals:

  • No US Amex cards offer complimentary primarily collision damage waiver coverage, so I usually use a different card for renting cars
  • I usually pay with a Visa Infinite Card (like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®) since you can always save 20% on the cost of your rental by using promotion code VISAINF20 at the time of booking

Still, I’m sure there are some people who will find this to be worthwhile.

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  1. I normally rent using the card that gives me primary insurance and just switch the payment method to the card I want when turning in the car. Not sure if this can be done with the Silvercar platform but I don’t see why you couldn’t do this.

  2. “Here’s a big offer, but it’s bad to use because (1) there’s better pricing elsewhere that doesn’t require this offer (2) there’s an insurance risk to using this offer that might cause you to take the CDW, totally negating the value of this offer (3) you have to spend a lot to use this offer at all.”

    This is not a great offer. This is the fallacy of Amex Offers. If they induce spend you wouldn’t make you didn’t save money. If they get you to overbuy for equivalent service you didn’t save money. If they get you to accept inferior rewards, it might mitigate the value of the offer.

    It’s nearly impossible for a normal person offset a high annual fee with Amex Offers. Unless that person is already spending with targeted merchants and those merchants don’t use fake pricing to inflate the base before the discount. (i.e. yesterday’s IHG/eBates thing was cute except that my room was priced 10% lower on the app where I couldn’t use eBates than on the web where I could).

    Are there rare exceptions? Yeah, the $200 off Air France (or 20K MR) if you already were about to spend cash on Air France. But most offers are merchants who spam everyone as a marketing channel.

    This is not a good offer for most of us. But in fairness, the post makes that clear.

  3. I’m with the other commenters. Amex offers for Silvercar have been aiming higher and higher: this new spend requirement borders absurdity. I can UberX from Los Angeles to San Francisco for less than $450. Why would I spend that on a car I need to buy 89 gas and purchase separate insurance?

    Nuts.

  4. AVOID SILVERCAR!!! Aside from the aforementioned comments related to pricing and Insurance beware of this company from a service perspective. They are abysmal when it comes to customer service. Example / I lost My platinum Amex and had to have the # changed whilst on a trip in LA, same account but different # and they wouldn’t allow me to change to the new card number upon rental return on the same account. They got a chargeback even though I proactively tried to fix. Charged me a huge fee and I didn’t get the Amex offer. Couple this was horrific customer service and you have a recipe for disaster. Also their drop off situation at lax involves them having to call you an Uber (that literally cancels on you left and right). Stick with national or hertz folks.

  5. A specific reason to avoid SilverCar in Las Vegas at McCarran airport: Operating Hours. I considered using SilverCar at LAS a year or two ago and decided against it because they’re an “off airport” agency (which requires an extra shuttle bus ride from the rental car facility) *and* they’re NOT a 24hr operation in this location at least. If your flight to LAS is delayed, you LOSE. If you arrive during a high demand period (think CES trade show) and SIlverCar is closed you either have to pay “last minute” pricing at another agency or possibly find no cars available at all from anyone.

  6. I’ve never used Silvercar, but I’ve also never understood the appeal. Seems overpriced and for suckers. “But you get an Audi!!!” Not worth paying what is usually multiple times more per day.

  7. Lucky,
    Interesting commenters here.
    Silvercar offers a couple great improvements over regular car rental outfits that are being overlooked, but I agree with your general premise here. Knowing the bottom line, end of rental period price is great. Knowing you’re getting the car you’re renting, and not “an equivalent” is awesome. Who among us hasn’t arrived at Hertz Gold, only to find the “premium” car you’d reserved was no longer available, “here, take this Chevy Lumina instead.” NO THANKS!!!
    Sadly, none of my AmEx cards had the offer.

  8. I agree it’s a ‘premium’ service, and their customer service might leave a little to be desired, but it’s a car rental agency owned by the company that makes the cars they rent. I’ve yet to get a car from them that hasn’t been anything but spotless inside and out.

    Didn’t get this offer (yet), but I’ve had lag times between seeing their existence and noticing them on my offers page. I really wish AMEX would allow you to select what *kinds* of offers you’d like. I could care less about $5 off at Chuck E’ Cheese’s and all the wine stores they seem to think I’d be interested in.

    AMEX’s offers are still way better than the terrible Chase ones, though. 30% off your purchase! …up to $1.50.

  9. @Patrick D – after hating on Silvercar in a previous post, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Visa Infinite still has a 20% off discount that will work on any dollar figure. If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, that should work.

    @Larry B – You’re correct that all rentals suck. Still, I like the choice of renting something for less when it makes sense – Silvercar used to magically occupy that space. They previously rented only A4s @ $39 / day that you could stack with a 30% Visa discount or some other great deal. Now it’s like $59 / day for the cheapest car, and they have tightened the discounts. Limited hours, offsite locations requiring shuttles (at least in SEA, SFO and LAX) don’t help.

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