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Renting with Avis in June? Credit to Iberia Plus instead of British Airways for more Avios

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Iberia Plus recently adopted Avis as its exclusive car hire partner.  This was a shame.  Iberia used to partner with various car rental groups including Hertz, Euromaster and Sixt.  It meant that you could still earn Avios points even though British Airways only used Avis.

Another arbitrage bites the dust …..

Until the end of June, Avis is offering 1,000 bonus Avios on every Avis rental when you credit it to Iberia Plus.  This is on top of the standard 500 Avios points.  You will need to give an Iberia Plus number and move your Avios across to BA or avios.com later via ‘Combine My Avios’.

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Importantly, you still get the free additional driver which you would also get via the avisba.com site.

A minimum 3 days rental of a Group C or above car is required.

The Iberia / Avis site is here.

The standard British Airways deal via avisba.com for a comparable 3-day rental is 700 Avios plus an additional 250 if you pay with a British Airways American Express card.

You will be at least 550 Avios better off by using the Iberia site.

The only exception is if you are renting an expensive car, as the BA offer gives you a higher rate of 3 Avios per £1 if that is more lucrative than the standard 700 Avios.


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 (3)

  • Matt says:

    Would love to try to use Avis, but the comparable car with Hertz is always significantly cheaper. The Amex 25% discount does help keep the hertz rates low too.

  • Lady London says:

    Gone off Avis since they gave me a dog of a car at MXP once and wouldn’t swop it out when it was running sluggishly and doing about 20 miles per gallon. . Hertz got my business ever since at that location although like all car hire locations you have to beware especially if they don’t know you..

  • Roger Wilco says:

    For a 10-day rental later this month, at EDI Sixt gives me the same car* for £400 less, with the same insurance etc options. 3000 Avios vs £400 cash? Easy choice.

    * “same” as in “headlined the same Merc C-class (and with the small print “or similar”)”

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