On Friday we told you that Europcar has brought back its fantastic £1 car rental promotion.
This allows you to rent a car from Europcar, which needs to be dropped off at a UK airport, for just £1. Availability is restricted – it depends on what cars Europcar needs moving around the country – but the deals are certainly there. It is the cheapest way to get to the airport to start your holiday!
Avis has now jumped on the bandwagon, but with a far less generous offer.
As you can see at this website, you can book one-way rentals to UK airports with Avis. However, the cost is NOT £1. Instead, Avis is reducing the one-way drop-off fee to just £1. You pay this ON TOP of the regular rental fee.
It is still a good deal compared to the standard cost of a one-way car rental, but it is not a steal. There is also no availability at the time of writing but keep the offer in mind for next time you are facing a long-distance airport trip. You can check Avis availability here.
How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (February 2023)
If you hire a car in the UK, you can get special benefits (discounts, upgrades, free additional drivers etc) if you have elite status with a car rental programme. You can get elite status for free via certain American Express cards.
The Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum
The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum come with two free car hire status cards. Your supplementary Platinum cardholder can also receive status in their own right.
From Avis, you receive President’s Club status in Avis Preferred. This gets you up to 25% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a guaranteed one class upgrade. For weekend rentals you will receive a two class upgrade, subject to availability.
From Hertz, you receive ‘Five Star’ status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. This gets you up to 15% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a one class upgrade, subject to availability.
Hertz also offers Platinum cardholders a 4 hour grace period on rentals. Your final day is treated as 28 hours, so a 1pm pick up with a 5pm return the following day is only charged as one day, not two days. We wrote about the Hertz / Platinum 4 hour grace period here.
The Platinum Card also comes with full car hire insurance with no obligation to pay for the rental via American Express. You can refuse any attempts to sell you additional insurance at pick up. This benefit has substantial value if you rent on a regular basis.
You can find more details on the two Platinum cards, and apply, in our full reviews:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is an excellent card in its own right. You receive 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up (convert to 20,000 Avios amongst other things), four airport lounge passes and £120 of Deliveroo credit. Even better, your first year is free.
There are two car rental benefits:
- you receive Preferred Plus status in Avis Preferred
- you receive a special package with Hertz – 10% off best available rates at participating locations, a one class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability, and no additional driver fees
Find out more about the benefits of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, and apply, in our review: