Avis is BA’s preferred choice of car hire partner.
Ironically, earning Avios from Avis is not as generous as it could be – some airlines offer 1,000 miles per rental. British Airways only offers 500 Avios per rental (or more if you are a big spender, as it is actually 500 or ‘3 Avios per £1’, whichever is greater).
There is an extra 250 Avios if you pay with a BA Amex and a further 750 when you rent four times in a year.
The best benefit, for me, is the ‘free additional driver’. This typically save £20-£25 per rental, assuming two people will be sharing the driving.
Anyway … there is now a new mobile booking site available.
Avis will give you 1,000 bonus Avios when you book via this site. However, there are some T&C’s which will throw out most of us:
- Minimum ‘intermediate’ car size
- Minimum 3-day rental
- Rental to be completed by 31st December
That said, if you can meet the T&C’s then the free Avios are worth having. You would be getting 1,500 (with the bonus) for your rental, or 1,750 if paying with a BA American Express card.
Full details of this promotion are here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.