News in brief:
£9.98 one-way Avis car rentals to London
Regular readers will remember our article last year on Europcar offering £1 one-way car rentals to London. Europcar uses this to cheaply reposition cars that need to be taken back to London – letting you rent them for £1 is cheaper than hiring a transporter.
Avis is now offering a similar deal, but only for the period around Easter. You pay a flat £9.98 for a Group B or Group E car and need to drop it in London between 10th and 13th April.
Zipcar trialling new ‘one way’ car scheme in London
I am a fan of the Zipcar car club in London as I wrote here. It got even better when Zipcar became a British Airways Executive Club partner, as I now earn 50 Avios every time I take a car out.
With the nearest car parked 30 seconds from our front door, and another 5 cars within a 10 minute walk, there is never any trouble finding a vehicle. The only downside is that, because you pay by the hour, a relatively short drive – followed by a wait before you return – can get expensive.
Zipcar is now trialling a new scheme in Wandsworth called Zipcar Flex. 50 cars have been allocated for one-way rentals, as long as you drop them within Wandsworth. You only pay for the car by the minute, and you can reserve it for 15 minutes via your smartphone to give you time to get to it before any other user grabs it!
This is an interesting idea. The question for me is what benefit this has over taking an Uber or a black cab, both of which are more convenient and presumably cheaper. They will pick you up at your door and drop you where you need to be without the trouble of finding a parking space. Since you can’t guarantee that your Zipcar Flex car will still be where you parked it when you want to return home, it doesn’t even offer you the certainty of having a vehicle available.
New Barclaycard / Uber offer
If you are a heavy Uber user, Barclaycard has launched an interesting offer for you. It runs until the end of the year and could work out to be quite valuable.
If you charge your Uber rides to a Barclaycard, every 11th ride you take will be free (up to £15). If your 11th ride costs more than £15, you receive a £15 credit to your card statement.
You can take advantage of this offer as many times as you like and it is guaranteed to run for the rest of the year.
The Hilton Honors Platinum Visa card, issued by Barclaycard, is included in this offer so it will be of interest to many HfP readers.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
The following offers will expire on 2nd November 2021:
- 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express
- 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus
- 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express
Here are the top current deals:
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending: