Europcar is a major player on the car rental scene in Europe (the company is based in France) although it has a lower profile than the big boys, Hertz and Avis.
It is very possible that your travels will see you renting from Europcar at some point. Inspired by an email from a reader, I thought it was worth putting together a reference article on the best way to get some rewards out of it.
It was possible to earn Avios from Europcar until a couple of years ago. It was a partner with Iberia Plus but Iberia has recently followed British Airways into signing an exclusive deal with Avis.
Oddly, Iberia still shows on the Europcar UK website as a partner. You can tell that this page is out of date because it still refers to earning 10 Iberia ‘points’ per day which is the currency used before Avios was launched in 2011.
Despite what the UK website says, Europcar DOES still have many airline partners:
Miles & More – earn at least 500 miles per rental
Emirates Skywards – earn at least 600 miles per rental
Etihad Guest – earn 500 miles per rental
Delta SkyMiles – earn 60 miles per day
Qatar Privilege Club – earn 500 miles per rental
American Airlines – earn 50 miles per day
plus Aerolineas Plus, Air Europa, airberlin topbonus, El Al, Finnair Plus, Flying Blue, Miles & Smiles, Royal Air Maroc, SAA Voyager, Singapore Airlines, TAP Portugal, Ukraine International Airlines and Virgin Australia Velocity.
It also has partnerships with two major hotel groups which can earn you hotel loyalty points.
Earning with Hilton
Europcar’s first hotel partnership is with Hilton. Full details can be found on the Hilton website here, which also includes details of their deals with Avis, Budget, Car Club and Sixt.
You will receive a whopping 250 Hilton HHonors points (which I value at 75p!) with each rental. More valuable is the 5% discount given to Hilton Blue members and the 10% discount given to Hilton Gold and Diamond members. The codes are on the Hilton page above.
Earning with Le Club AccorHotels
This is a little more promising, as you might expect from a fellow French company. As you can see on the Accor website here, you can not only earn Accor points with Europcar but also redeem your points for vouchers to spend on Europcar bookings. This gets you the same value as redeeming for a hotel room, ie €40 per 2,000 points.
The earning rate for Accor is:
- 250 points for 1-4 day rentals
- 500 points for 5-7 day rentals
- 1,000 points for 8-days+ rentals
As each Accor point is worth 2c or one Avios point (if you convert to Iberia Plus), you will receive at least €5 of value per rental. This is a far better deal than with Hilton!
You can also double dip with Europcar’s Privilege programme
Europcar has its own loyalty scheme called Privilege. Full details can be found on the website here.
The perks are modest but, importantly, you can double dip with earning frequent flyer miles or hotel points so there is no reason not to join up.
The key benefits are:
free weekend rental after three rentals in a calendar year
£10 discount voucher after your second rental after joining
express pick-up service
Do 10 rentals over two years and you will be upgraded to Privilege Executive, triggering another free weekend voucher and an upgrade on every rental. 25 rentals over two years takes you to Privilege Elite, getting you a double upgrade.
The lack of any partnership with Avios or Virgin Flying Club might mean that you give Europcar a miss given a choice. I can’t argue with that. If the price works or they are the most convenient company in any given situation, however, you should at least find an airline or hotel partner on this list that will ensure you earn a little something for your trouble.