Huge 18,700 Avios for ONE UK Avis rental – but does it make sense?

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Iberia Plus and Avis have launched a very low key promotion which a HFP reader flagged up last night. If you can make this work for you, you could do very nicely.

Take a look here.

Avis is offering 18,000 Avios if you book a Group C car, or above, for 3 days or more, starting on 8th, 9th or 10th December.

You will also earn at least 700 base Avios for the rental.

If you can get a good rate from your local depot this could be a real winner.

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The devil is in the detail with offers like this.  If you are thinking of taking part, read the rules carefully as well as my summary below.

You will earn these Avios in Iberia Plus.  You will need a free Iberia Plus account to take part.  You will not get the bonus if you credit to or British Airways Executive Club.

You must book on, or   Bookings on or do not qualify.

Your rental must be in the UK, mainland Spain, Balearics and Canaries, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium or Holland.

The deal is NOT valid on Prestige rentals, Chauffeur Drive or van rentals.

You cannot use any other coupon, promotion or frequent flyer points offer.  This implies to me that you must book at the standard Avis rate.  It even implies that using the Iberia discount code would disqualify you.  This may be taking the rule too literally but you don’t want to risk 18,000 Avios.

It is worth pricing up a 3-day rental from your local Avis depot.  Try out rentals starting on the 8th, 9th and 10th for three days for a Group C or above.  If the price works then it could be worth renting a car and sticking it on your drive for the weekend.

I tried a random booking in Bolton and got a price of €51 – a bargain for 18,700 Avios.

Unfortunately, because I can’t park anywhere near my own house without a parking permit, it isn’t one for me.  If you can make it work for you it could go nicely.  Just make sure you follow the rules to the letter.

Thanks to Jovanna.

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  1. I just picked up my car, but was told that the promotion may not be valid because it was booked through the Spanish site, and this is generally not allowed because the pricing is different for different countries….
    Fingers crossed in any case!

    • All T&Cs have been followed. It does specify that rentals can booked for U.K. mainland. We have merely taken advantage of an offer.

  2. Just picked up my car from Cambridge branch. The manager said that they’d been inundated with Spanish rentals and they’re simply not accepting any more bookings as he’d had to chase around to find enough cars for everyone. He was surprised to see lots of Spanish reservations but he had checked with head office and said that these rentals will all be eligible for the 18000 Avios promotion.

    Parked my car around the corner from the rental location and will return in 3 days with probably the same reading on the odometer as when it left. Fingers crossed that the points go on as promised! 0.27p per Avios bargain! 🙂

    • the real harry says:

      hope you get them

      on my moochy 11 mile walk just now I was thinking it’s not just £150 cost to Avis, ie 18K Avios plus the depreciation/ cleaning the car etc

      It’s also the opportunity cost.

      So they should have used those cars for 3 days’ profitable rental, maybe £15 profit a day if you include the excess insurance.

      So each one of you is costing Avis £200.

      I guess there 1000 people doing this.

      = £200,000 loss to Avis.

      I reckon a fair few of you will struggle to get your Avios.

      • Struggle how?

      • This assumes that Avis could have rented the cars over this period. I’d just assumed that this had something to do with a “dead period” in rentals pre-xmas – probably naive as I know nothing about that business – otherwise you are correct.

        in Northampton – I was asked whether I spoke spanish earlier – as my copy of the agreemeent printed out in Spanish. The sales person seemed unaware – so I’m assuming I’m the only one that hired from Northampton?

        • Northampton is my nearest Avis. Given how useless they were last year when I hired a car for 6 weeks, I wouldn’t trust them to hand out bottles of water at a fun run, let alone anything else. And getting over there yesterday to pick up a car would have been a massive PITA.

    • I’d be more concerned about potential damage to the car Tom if it’s parked on the street-even if you have car excess insurance, it’s hassle.

      My little baby(picked up on Thursday and just 750 miles old) is parked safely on our driveway.

      Ahh, hang on !!!

      Note to self:

      “Worzel, make sure that you are on the driveway later to meet and greet Mrs Gummidge when she returns home from work !!” 🙂 .

  3. I wonder if Rob will highlight the potential for a fuel surcharge of less than 75km (with no receipt of refueling)

    It’s hinted here on FT..

  4. Wonder if Rob will mention in a ,Bits post on the potential for a fuel surcharge for rentals under 75kms?

    Hinted at here on FT…

  5. Picked my vehicle up that I needed anyway from LHR T3 – ready for pick up in the Preferred lane – upgraded to a Group F Tucson and very good too!

    Paperwork has IB number on it all seems good!!

  6. Just dropped my three-day Group E Peugeot 2008 back to Luton Airport; actually needed to hire a car this weekend for a work trip and will claim back milage. Great service as ever with Avis up there.

    Car hire £51 + Diesel £16 – Milage £36 = £31 for 18700 avios (hopefully). Four mile walk home? Priceless.

    As my Iberia account is over three months old; and I’ve transferred 1000 MR points in, I would hope these are easily accessible. Anyone know when these are likely to post?

  7. Fiddlesticks. Missed the class ‘C’ or above bit when booking 🙁

    Still. I got a nice car for a couple of days for not a bad price 😀

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