In another article today, I looked at changes in the way you earn Avios from Avis car rentals.
Whilst Avis and Budget are sister companies (the parent company is called Avis Budget Group), nothing has changed in the way you earn Avios when renting cars from Budget.
However, as it is over two years since I last looked at this, I thought it was worth a reminder. The main Budget website is here.
The relationship between Avios and Budget has historically been a bit odd, to say the least. It was presumably down to the wording of the contract between Avis and British Airways.
Prior to 2018, you could earn Avios points with car rentals from Budget but ONLY if you credited them to an avios.com or Iberia Plus account. You could not credit to British Airways Executive Club. If you looked at the Budget UK website there was no mention of Avios at all. It wasn’t even listed under their European partners.
This all changed in 2018.
You can now credit Budget rentals directly to British Airways Executive Club. We got a new Avis / Budget / Avios website which replaced the old avisba.com. You can find it here.
How many Avios do I earn from Budget?
You earn 2 Avios per £1 spent. All Budget locations worldwide are included.
Note that you do NOT get a free additional driver when renting with Budget as a British Airways Executitve Club member. This benefit is only available with Avis rentals.
The earning rate with Budget is clearly poorer than the Avis earning rate (5 Avios per £1 with Avis vs 2 Avios per £1 with Budget) but at least you now have the option.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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