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Avis permanently increases your Avios earning rate

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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.

Avis bonus avios

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’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.

Details of all of the Iberia Plus car rental deals can be found on the Iberia website 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (18)

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  • N says:

    Are you sure you can earn IB Avios with Enterprise? If so, how?

    I didn’t think Enterprise ever gave miles, and I don’t see them listed at

    • Rob says:

      Hmmmm ….. may have stopped, was a line I cut and pasted!

  • Aceman says:

    Do these track if you rent end of June and return in July?

  • paul says:

    When did it become impossible to move Iberia Plus Avios back to either BAEC or

    • Rob says:

      It didn’t but the system is buggy. You may need to try different versions of Combine My Avios on BA and Iberia.

      Your IB account also needs to be active, ie have earned in the last year.

      • Paul says:

        duh…..figured it out..

        You cannot move Iberia to BA if the BA account is a household account.

        Iberia Plus does not offer the transfer to avios option….as it is, as Raffles says, “buggy”

        Soloution is to use and select Iberia plus which pulls them through rather than a push transaction from Iberiaplus.

        Avios = Nothing every easy!

  • H K says:

    Hey Rob, can you point to a link mentioning the 700 bonus Avios? Only seeing the stated 700 on 3+ days booking but nothing about the additional 700 (to make 1,400). Thanks!

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