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Can I earn Avios from Hertz / Avis / Europcar / Sixt or other car rental companies?

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Can you earn Avios from Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt or other car rental companies?

Rental cars offer an additional way of earning Avios. In this article we’ll look at which car rental companies allow you to earn Avios.

Can I earn Avios from Hertz / Avis / Europcar / Sixt?

Earning Avios with Avis

British Airways has a significant partnership with rental car company Avis. This partnership includes more than just an Avios earning rate. If booking an Avis rental car with a British Airways Executive Club number, you will get a free additional driver

You will earn five Avios per £ spent with Avis, with minimum of 500 Avios per rental.  You can get an additional 1,000 Avios on your first rental after joining ‘Avis Preferred’ for free.

In addition, if you are a British Airways Gold card holder, you are entitled to “Avis Priority Rental Service”, which allows you to pick your rental up from right outside the arrivals hall at Heathrow Terminal 5 instead of taking the shuttle bus.

Earning Avios with Budget

You can collect two Avios per £1 spent when you rent a car with Budget.  Budget is a sister company to Avis and they share the same parent.

Earning Avios with Maggiore

You can collect two Avios per €1 spent with European rental group Maggiore.  Again, this is a business under the same ownership as Avis and Budget.

Earning Avios with other car rental companies

Hertz, Sixt, Europcar and others have their own deals with airlines but not with British Airways, Iberia or any other Avios-earning airline.  This is due to the exclusive relationship with Avis.

One particularly attractive deal is with Hertz.  Hertz lets you earn with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and has a decent rate of 1,000 Virgin Points per rental.

The BA / Avis partner website is here.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

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