When you hire a car, it is usually most profitable to credit the rental to an airline. Avios / British Airways has an exclusive deal with Avis and Budget, whilst Virgin Flying Club has a number of partners, of which Hertz is the most generous.
Most of the major car rental companies also have partnerships with hotel loyalty schemes. This is usually not as generous as crediting to an airline programme, but sometimes you don’t have much choice if your rental company does not support your main frequent flyer schemes.
You will earn 300 Radisson Rewards points per rental day if you credit a Europcar rental, up to a maximum of 1,800 Radisson Rewards points per rental.
As a launch offer, the earning rate is doubled to 600 points per day. This requires a rental of 3+ days which is completed by 31st August.
We value a Radisson Rewards point at around 0.33p so this is not exactly generous. That said, it is better than nothing if you are using Europcar anyway. (Europcar also has a Nectar partnership, so you may want to compare your earnings before deciding where to credit.)
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (January 2022)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
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