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Very good Virgin Atlantic deal – get 6,000 Flying Club miles for a 2-day Avis car rental

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Virgin Atlantic has launched a very generous deal with Avis.

If you book a car for 2+ days you will pick up 6,000 Virgin Flying Club miles!

Full details of the offer are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

There are surprisingly few catches to this deal if you look at the small print.

Booking date:  until 28th February

Rental dates:  collect by 30th June

Qualifying countries:   USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia

Rental requirement:  2+ days in a Group C or higher vehicle

There appears to be no cap on the number of times you can earn the miles.  The 6,000 miles consists of 500 base miles and a bonus of 5,500.  This increases to 6,500 miles for a rental of 7+ days as a rental of a week earns 1,000 base miles.

Importantly, there appears to be no requirement to use any specific Virgin Atlantic Avis discount code.  This means that you can use any cheap Avis rate to which you have access and still claim the miles.

I would be happy to value 6,000 Virgin Flying Club miles at £60 – especially as redemptions on KLM and Air France should be available to members within the next 12 months – so you could even make a small profit on your car rental.

You can see full details of the Virgin / Avis partnership on this page of the Virgin Atlantic site, but confusingly the promotion information is over here on the Flying Club site.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (to 13th June) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin 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 comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Virgin Points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (32)

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  • totaltool says:

    Does Asia include Aus and NZ as far as Avis are concerned? Not clear from the booking site.

  • Andrew M says:

    What are the cheapest Avis rates that many HfP readers will have access to?

    • Radiata says:

      If not already done, peruse the FlyerTalk AVIS forum – codes posted there regularly.

      Also, if you have AMEX Plat, ring AVIS and have it applied to account for an AMEX Plat discount whenever you log in to your AVIS account. One can then compare this to any AWD codes sourced from FT or elsewhere.

      Beware that some posted on FT are corporate codes which may require ID at pick up.

      • rash says:

        The link provided by Virgin to book now does not give the opportunity to add an AWD code? Any way around this?

        • Frenske says:

          Probably doing that would nullify the Virgin bonus. I’ve not read the T&C but I’m sure it is mentioned.

  • Jack says:

    I live in YYZ, this is perfect. 3 rentals will allow me to redeem a fight in PE to LHR via JFK. Need to figure out how this works.

  • ColinJE says:

    The terms seem remarkably easy. I’ve just reserved a group C car for my wife with a BA flight (amazingly the 2 day rental dropped the overall price by £40!).
    I wonder if she can credit the rental to her Virgin Atlantic number when she picks up the car on Saturday?

  • Dale says:

    On a similar note – has anyone had the bonus avios from the BAEC Avis Chiristmas offer yet? I have had the miles for the car hire but no bonus 5000

    • Rob says:

      Hi Dale. I’m still waiting too. Same as you, got the miles but not the bonus 5000.

  • GB74 says:

    Perfect timing – cost for a group D was slightly less than the cheapest deal found and booked with a broker a couple of weeks back for a 2 week trip to Florida, so 6k miles for less than nothing – many thanks!

  • xcalx says:

    skyscanner 2 days Malaga March 6-8 group C £20.17 ( ECO £11)
    Avis through Virgin link same dates and car group £108 plus 6000 Virgin miles.

    Not for me.

    • roberto says:

      Be aware that often these cheap deals in Spain often require some form of addition insurance and/or you have to prepay for more fuel than you can use in just two days…

      • Yuff says:

        That’s why I’ve just upgraded my gold Amex for precisely that reason 😉

      • xcalx says:

        Also amex plat . fuel was full to full so pretty much like for like. I was once hit with a 7 euro car cleaning fee which was hidden away in the TCs

      • Andrew says:

        I once booked a car with AVIS in Jamaica via Virgin Atlantic website thinking it was a great deal versus AVIS but when I picked up the car, the basic insurance wasn’t even included so I had to buy insurance locally. Not such a good deal ! I know Caribbean is not included in this promotion though .

        • Andrew says:

          Meant to say , on, the basic insurance was included , where as it was not on the link to Avis friend m Virgin

  • shd says:

    5500 bonus miles sounds great, but always compare with the competition. I just priced up a 48h rental in Germany:

    Avis – £137 for a VW Polo (“discount code applied!”)
    Sixt – €75 for a VW Golf (drops to €62 when I put my Sixt loyalty card details in)

    Oh, and the last three times I’ve booked with Sixt Germany I’ve paid for a Golf and been given an Audi A4.

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