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.
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 3 Avios per £ spent with Avis, with minimum of 500 Avios per rental. If you rent four times or more in one year you get an additional 750 Avios bonus. If you pay with a British Airways American Express card you will earn an additional 250 Avios.
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.
You can collect 100 Avios per day when you rent a car with Budget. Budget is a sister company to Avis and they share the same parent.
You can collect two Avios per €1 spent, with a minimum of 500 Avios per rental, with European rental group Maggiore. Again, this is a business under the same ownership as Avis and Budget.
Other 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. Hertz, for example, lets you earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points and has an attractive rate of 1,000 miles per rental.
If you want to earn Avios points from a car rental, you are restricted to Avis and its sister companies.
(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 get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold, or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (June 2021 offer)
The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year.
You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:
If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.