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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 Avios points

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 at

Budget car rental

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.

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