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BA shakes-up how you earn Avios from Avis – and launches a 50% bonus

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British Airways and Avis, its dedicated car hire partner, have launched a shake-up of the way you earn Avios with your rentals.

If you want a one word answer to the question ‘Am I going to be better off?’, I’m afraid I can’t give you one.

This is what has changed:

Avis Avios promotion

The earning rate has risen from 3 Avios per £1 spent to 5 Avios per £1 spent

The bonus of 250 Avios for paying with a British Airways credit card appears to have gone

The bonus of 1,000 Avios for renting four times in a calendar year appears to have gone

The minimum earning rate of 500 Avios (700 Avios for a 3+ day rental) has gone

Are you a winner or a loser?

If you are doing very short, cheap rentals then you are clearly a loser.  This is because the minimum earning floor of 500 Avios for 1-2 day rental, or 700 Avios for a 3-day rental, has gone.

You are a winner if you are spending over £100 (£140 for a 3+ day rental) because the higher earning rate offsets the loss of the 500 / 700 Avios minimum earning.

If you would normally pay with a BA Amex (you have now lost the 250 Avios bonus for doing this) or rent enough to trigger the defunct 1,000 Avios for four rentals bonus, you need to factor that in too.

Is this better than the Virgin Atlantic / Hertz deal?

For most people, probably not.

You can earn 1,000 Virgin Points with a Hertz rentalDetails of the Virgin Atlantic / Hertz deal are on the Virgin website here.

You would need to spend £200 with Avis before you would earn 1,000 Avios.  Since you can almost always get a car rental down to £20 per day for a Compact with the use of the right codes and offers, this would imply that most people won’t be spending £200.

British Airways Avis partnership

Are there any other Avios bonuses available from Avis?

Avis has retained one of the extra bonuses it used to offer.

If you join Avis Preferred for free you will collect an additional 1,000 bonus Avios on your first Preferred rental.

Is the ‘free additional driver’ offer still here?

Yes.

If you book via the British Airways discount codes below, you will also receive a free additional driver. This can represent a decent saving and is one of key perks of the Avis / BA partnership.

How does the 50% bonus Avios work?

To launch this new earning structure, Avis is offering a 50% bonus on rentals completed by 28th February 2021.

This means 7.5 Avios per £1 you spend.

Here’s the small print:

Must book by 3rd December

Must book a Group C car or higher

Must book for 2+ days

Must book via the BA website or the Avis BA microsite

Must pick up car by 28th February

Not valid for collections between 15th December and 1st January inclusive

Valid for rentals in mainland Spain, Balearics and Canaries, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and United Kingdom

You can check out the full details on the Avis / British Airways website here.

Avis bonus avios

How do I book?

Avis and BA have a dedicated booking site which you can find here and which automatically adds the correct discount code.

If you use avis.co.uk, you will need to manually add the British Airways discount codes (AWD) which are, based on your British Airways Executive Club status:

Gold members – N744400

Silver members – N744300

Bronze members – N284300

Blue members – N744100

Full details of this offer and all of the partnership benefits are on the Avis / BA website here.

You can also book, and find out more, on the car hire pages of ba.com here.

Note that all of the above only applies to Avis rentals.  The British Airways partnership with Budget, sister company to Avis, works differently.  You can learn about the Avios / Budget car rental partnership here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (14)

  • Robman says:

    Hi Rob, you mention in the article about codes and ways to get a compact car through avis for £20 per day. Apart from using BA gold card holder discount, what are your key tips for achieving this rate? Thanks.

    • Rob says:

      Booking via Hertz Australia using the Amex Platinum discount code (there are two, try both, they strip off some insurance) should get you to £20 per day.

    • Harry T says:

      @Robman
      Another useful tip for Hertz. I just booked a car for around £13 a day for Tenerife and it was actually cheapest to use the US website, as it allowed me to use a prepaid rate in conjunction with the Amex Platinum CDP. The Australian sure is often cheapest but it wasn’t in this case. Make sure when you log in that you change the country at the top, as it will automatically switch it back to the country your account is registered to.

      If you have Hertz status through Amex Plat then you may get an upgrade too. I have President’s Circle, the one above the Amex plat status, and received a BMW X1 instead of a Yaris.

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Car rentals in Tenerife are very cheap. I rented a compact car in Tenerife for £52 for 7 days through Rentalcars

        • Harry T says:

          Nice work. I was booking mine the day before, so just decided to go with Hertz, as they were competitive and I’ve had good experiences previously.

  • Matt says:

    Is there a guide anywhere on booking hire cars? In this article you mention using “the right codes and offers”, and I occasionally see mentions in the comments of CDPs, booking via the Australian site and other stuff I don’t quite understand. I always find that booking via a complicated series of intermediaries, often starting at Kayak, is vastly cheaper than any price I can ever find going direct. That means that avios offers like this are never any use to me.

  • Rich says:

    The 750 minimum seems to have gone, which means short/ weekend rentals earn a lot less.

    • lgflyer says:

      That’s the real issue and it should be mentioned in the article!
      I used to rent for 2-3 days in Spain in winter and I usually paid around £10/day. Now a rental of 2 days (£20) will only give me 100 avios while before I would have got 500. A rental of £30 will give me 150 avios while before I would have got 750. That’s an 80% reduction in the number of avios.

      • Rob says:

        I forgot that rule existed – it wasn’t in the old Avis article I went back to. Will tweak.

  • ankomonkey says:

    Could someone please remind me of the rental companies that offer £1 ‘relocation’ rentals? Is it only Hertz and Europcar? Does anyone have experience of DriiveMe? Thanks!

    • R2 says:

      I only know of the three you listed. DriiveMe is excellent and pre-pandemic I had a few good £1 rentals from Avis/Budget (I was also able to drop the car off in T5 short stay car park). During the pandemic I have had two £1 rentals (old cars) with Europcar as they had availability.

  • David S says:

    One advantage of booking a flight plus car package with BA is that you get a free luggage allowance. However when I book this way I can never reconcile the final invoice from Avis to what I expected to pay and BA can’t provide an explanation. One trip it got to as much as 15% More so I now simply book direct with Avis. Do also watch out for some of the cheaper deals being with Budget and not Avis. Same depot, same car…..but no perks

  • AJA says:

    I find the free second driver to be a real benefit. Plus being an Avis Preferred member makes pick up and drop off a doddle. I tend to hire a car for 10 days when on holiday so the increase in Avios to 5 per £1 works to my benefit. I have never managed to do 4 rentals in one year so won’t miss the bonus for that. I will miss the 250 Avios for paying by Amex though I had to chase for it last time around.

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