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British Airways has a low key partnership with ‘by the hour’ Avis-owned car rental group Zipcar.  It is so low key that I didn’t know that the sign-up had been increased from 1,000 to 2,000 Avios at some point in the last few months.

I like Zipcar.  We have a membership in London and there are about 15 cars within a 15-minute walk of our house.  The nearest, which is available 80% of the time, is about 30 seconds away.  £6-£7 per hour for the car, plus £59.50 annual fee, is a lot cheaper and easier than owning a car.

Regular HfP readers will remember that, slightly bizarrely, I was interviewed for Management Today last year about my use of Zipcar, Uber and Gett.  Terrible photograph as well.


The process is very simple.  You initially unlock the car using a credit card-sized membership card or via your smartphone.  The keys are in the glovebox.  At the end of the rental, you reverse the process.

If the petrol tank drops below 25% full, there is a fuel card in the car to allow you to fill it up.  This is an additional opportunity to earn some free Avios if you visit a Tesco, Esso or Shell garage.

If you join Zipcar via this British Airways / Zipcar sign-up page, you will receive 2,000 bonus Avios points.

Once you are a member, you receive 50 Avios for every trip you book.  This is a pretty decent return given that a short one hour rental will cost you as little as £5.95.

If you are already a Zipcar member, you can opt in to the Avios option at no extra cost.  Annoyingly, however, it cannot be done until your membership is next up for renewal.  You need to email [email protected] and they will switch you over to the BAEC membership plan at that point.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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. 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (14)

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  • John says:

    I used to be a member and found that they would give you a driving credit to the amount of the membership fee if you threatened to cancel.

    Also I was not very eco-friendly and usually turned the heating or aircon up to max in order to use more fuel so I could get more Avios by filling up :p

    But the only time I booked an hour was to re-learn how to drive on a quiet Sunday morning as I hadn’t sat in a driver’s seat for 5 years after getting my licence… it takes an hour just to get going in London traffic… After that I only really used it for moving house and driving friends and family to/from LHR, there isn’t much else you can do, you are wasting money if you drive the car somewhere and then park it for the whole day while going about your business.

    I figured it would have been more useful if I lived outside London and needed to visit occasionally. So I looked into whether I could use it in Canada as a UK member, as you get 200km included which actually lets you go somewhere useful without paying extra, but it turned out that most of my family were members already, and they all love driving other people around all day.

  • harry says:

    Oh and Clubcard boost is back yet again until 29/2

  • Stron says:

    Anyone know if you can sign up for this and then cancel for a refund and keep the avios?

  • Liz says:

    I did the switch to Eon on a fixed deal in November and got my first bill a couple of weeks ago – at the bottom of the bill it offered me to switch again to their better tariff which I did – you don’t pay the exit fees for switching tariffs within Eon – only if you move company. Switching tariffs and companies appear on your credit searches I’ve discovered as I have a credit alert set up with Equifax.

    • Liz says:

      Yes I know that – I meant you could switch to a cheaper Eon tariff from the one you are on now without any penalty. i suppose it will lock you in again for a further year but I am ok with that as you are getting the cc points too.

  • Imbruce says:

    Zipcar was in my area of South East London until recently and they have been replaced by City Club Car.
    Not sure why the change from Zipcar.

    • Rob says:

      You will find that the council leased out the spaces to Zipcar and CCC presumably made a better offer. Even if Zipcar has a couple of parking spaces on private property, they would probably have pulled out anyway as you need a critical mass of cars in an area to attract members.

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  • Adam Grainger says:


    Just trying to use the link posted to get £10 off the ZipCar joining fee plus £10 credit. Sadly, when I get through to the final screens, I get an error message saying that the code is not valid.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem?

    Thanks, Adam

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