There was plenty of discussion earlier this week as people scrambled to book free Avis weekend rentals using a coupon/AWD code of unknown provenance. That fun came to a screeching halt this evening when Avis addressed the situation via Twitter:
Avis renters please note that AWD TUEA002 is invalid and your reservation will be cancelled, pls contact firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
— Avis Car Rental (@Avis) March 28, 2013
Yeah, that’s not going to work out so well after all.
Best I can figure, the fun started with a post on FlyerTalk. From there Mr. Pickles posted about it on his blog and then several others followed up with posts as well. The details made it over to Dan’s Deals and Slickdeals and then, not much later, died a rather unceremonious death.
Is anyone really surprised? I certainly am not. Pigs get fat; hogs get slaughtered. And yet people still appear unable to control themselves.