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Earn 9,000 Avios for a 3-day Avis weekend car rental

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Avios (through Iberia Plus) and Avis have teamed up to offer another generous car rental promotion.  It’s nowhere near as good as the ‘18,000 Avios for a weekend rental’ offer they ran 18 months ago but it is certainly pretty decent.

Full details can be found – in English – on the Avis / Iberia Plus microsite here.

Here are the core terms and conditions:

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You earn at least 9,000 Avios.  This consists of 8,300 bonus Avios and the usual spend-based Avios award which, for a 3-day rental, is at least 700 Avios.

Your rental must include a Saturday night

Your rental must be for at least 3 days

You must rent a Group C car or higher

You must complete your rental by 15th December

You must book at or or 

Not valid on Corporate AWD rentals, Prestige rentals, Chauffeur Drive or Van rentals

Valid for all participating offices in Spain mainland, Balearics and Canaries, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands and United Kingdom

It may take 8 weeks for the bonus Avios to arrive

Vehicles must be collected and returned on the dates booked. Any cars not checked out and returned as per the booking will not qualify. [This means you cannot pick up the car, drive it around the block and return it immediately – it must be returned on the booked return date]

You need to credit the rental to an Iberia Plus account to receive the 9,000 Avios.  You will NOT receive the points if you give a British Airways, AerClub, Vueling Club or number.  You can move the Avios over to British Airways using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on any of the Avios websites, although if your Iberia Plus account is brand new you will need to wait until it is 90 days old.

If you can pick up a car for £20 per day then you could pick up some reasonably priced Avios points here.  That said, it isn’t worth doing purely for the points unless you have a convenient and cheap Avis depot near you and somewhere to park the car for 72 hours.

If you do need a car for a long weekend over the next two months, however, then this is well worth a look.

You can learn more on the Avis / Iberia website here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (52)

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  • pablo says:

    Tempting. £47 for a 3 day rental, 0.52p per mile. Just need to decide if it’s worth the hassle. Are they quick in posting the miles or is it really an 8 week wait?

    • Shoestring says:

      IB are *never* quick in posting miles

    • Nick_C says:

      What location is that? Cheapest I am seeing for Group C is £73.

      Some group C cards come up at £56, but they are Budget, not Avis.

      I’m looking at Peterborough.

  • ZumoDeNaranja says:

    Good luck with actually getting the Avios.

    My experience of a number of Avis promos is that it takes literally months of chasing their appalling CS before you actually see anything credit 🙁

    Add Iberia into the mix and you’re just asking for pain !

    • Dan From London says:

      To be fair the 90000 avios from the recent promotion took less than 3 weeks. Felt like much longer because I was concerned they’d never arrive.

      I use the boomerang app in gmail to remind myself to chase these things up.

      • Shoestring says:

        That’s a bit different as IB promised to deliver the points within 10 days. They did a manual trawl and awarded them in bulk, not in 9000 point lots.

      • Russ says:

        Mine to and currently spending them in a hot climate so can’t complain. Is it too much to wish Iberia will turn this into an annual promotion?!?

  • Bach says:

    I know people complain a lot about issues getting the points… so just to give another story – i rent a lot as I don’t own a car so use these promotions from BA or Iberia heavily. I always got the points to post without issues except for the Black Friday offers in 2017. This was apparently due to a wide IT issue… but i got them in the end without much of a fight, through Twitter and then emails, with a good compensation as well.

    • Chris says:

      Exactly the same for me.
      I rented weekly when there was the Virgin 6,000 miles offer earlier this year. Every single one of them posted correctly.

      But I did use the specific link for the deal and I saw comments here about people trying to combine non-Virgin Avis AWD codes and then complaining as the miles didn’t post.

  • Chris says:

    I’ve got an annoying situation with Avis – they’re claiming there’s damage to a car hired in July. But they’ve not sent any info to me or even an invoice. Does the Platinum hire car insurance work if using a Gold Business card??

    • Michael Jennings says:

      Both Visa and Mastercard have guidelines that state that banks should automatically issue a chargeback if a car rental company does not send an invoice for a repair when requested. I would recommend proceeding this way.

  • Rash says:

    Slightly worrying thing is there is no book here link, the terms do specify which websites to use though. Last Avis/Virgin promos tracked fine for me, I did 6 I think and they tracked fine

  • Marcw says:

    Never had a problem getting the promo Avios from Avis. Always smooth.

  • vol says:

    A list of cheap Avis offices would be good! I’m in London and nothing is coming up as cheap

    • Rash says:

      Depends on the weekend and supply and demand, I’ve seen more expensive locations go very cheap if they do not have enough bookings.

    • Rob says:

      That’s ‘cos it’s London!

      • vol says:

        I know ????

      • kk says:

        Last time, around 2 years ago, it cost was only 70-odd quid from LCY and they gave me a SUV, so it’s not just about London.

    • kk says:

      For me it’s coming up at 200 Euros in London. Wtf?

  • Mike says:

    What happens if you book for 3 days but return the car after 46 hours? I need a car from Saturday Lunchtime to Monday Morning during the promotion.

    • bsuije says:

      I think a “day” counts as a 24 hour period. So your example above would not be a 3-day rental (Saturday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime = 1 day, etc.). On the search box, somewhere at the bottom, it tells you how many days’ rental you are booking once you put in your details. I was also considering Saturday to Monday, but it told me that was only a 2 day rental. Had to add in a Friday to make it a 3 day one.

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