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How to earn Avios points with Budget car rentals

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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.

Budget car rental

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 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  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.

You can find out more on the Avis Budget / BA site here.  For more general information on Budget, visit their website here.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

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

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios 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 (4)

  • Pablo says:

    I rented from Budget this summer in Greece, credited to BAEC and earned 100 avios per day. When did it change to 2 avios per £1?

    • Rob says:

      The last time we mentioned it (mid 2019) it was 2 per £1. It was 100 Avios flat back in 2018 when it launched.

  • Deb says:

    You can also book Budget car hire with BA via the car hire pages if you want to stay on the site.

  • IH says:

    In my experience the site is cheaper than the site. Budget also seem to offer free additional driver if that driver is a spouse, significant other or business partner to the named driver. Apart from a few less Avios Budget seems a much better option

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