Avis, the exclusive British Airways car rental partner, has made a permanent increase to the number of Avios points that you can earn from each rental.
Previously, the earnings rate was 3 Avios per £1 spent with a minimum of 500 Avios.
The minimum earnings rate has now increased to 700 Avios as long as you rent for three days or more.
And a special offer ….
To launch this new rate, Avis is offering 700 bonus Avios until the end of June. You need to reserve and pick up the car by this date, and book a Group C or higher car for 3 or more days.
You would therefore be guaranteed at least 1,400 Avios from your rental.
It is worth remembering that Avis offers some additional deals for British Airways Executive Club members:
Free additional driver on every rental – this can be a big saving for a couple or family
BA Gold members can pick up cars immediately outside Terminal 5 arrivals
Avis is the only rental company with cars inside the main Terminal 5 car park – no shuttle bus needed
In terms of Avios there are also special deals:
500 bonus Avios on your next rental and a free upgrade on your 2nd-next rental when you sign up for Avis Preferred (free)
750 bonus Avios when you make four bookings in a calendar year
250 bonus Avios when you pay for your Avis rental with a British Airways American Express card
Details of all of these deals can be found at ba.com’s car rental page.
Avis is not necessarily the answer …..
It is true that Avis is the only car hire company to partner with British Airways Executive Club.
Iberia Plus, on the other hand, has done deals with pretty much everyone. As this full-length post on earning Avios from car rentals shows, Iberia Plus partners with Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt and Avis.
Avis earns 300 Avios per day outside Spain. Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz offer 300+ Avios per day based on car size. Standard rates with Sixt are 150-400 Avios per day with a maximum of four days.
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.