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1,000 bonus Avios with an Avis rental

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Avis is BA’s preferred choice of car hire partner.  There is even a dedicated website,

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). 

Avis bonus avios

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 (type directly into your browser if the link fails, as it does on some hardware).

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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (2)

  • Andrew Seftel (@andrewseftel) says:

    Is intermediate the same as medium? Their mobile site doesn’t offer me an ‘intermediate’ option.

    • Raffles says:

      Neither does the Avis UK website! I’ve no idea, to be honest. US system is Sub Compact, Compact, Intermediate, Standard. Intermediate holds 5 pax, 2 large cases and 2 small cases, but you can’t compare that with the UK system they use …..!

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