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How to earn Avios, miles and points from Europcar rentals

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Europcar is a major player on the car rental scene in Europe (the company is based in France) although it has a lower profile than the big boys, Hertz and Avis Budget.

Europcar joined Nectar three years ago as their car rental partner, replacing Hertz.  With Nectar points now converting into Avios, Europcar is more interesting to HfP readers.

That said, the Nectar earning rate is just 1 point per £1 in the UK which is hardly exciting.  If you transfer the Nectar points to Avios, you are getting 0.625 Avios per £1 spent with Europcar.

Outside the UK you get a flat 200 Nectar points (125 Avios) per rental – except for USA, Canada, China and Japan, where you get nothing.

Full T&Cs and more information about the Nectar partnership can be found on the Europcar site here.

However, you can beat this return by taking miles or hotel points instead.

You can also collect airline miles with Europcar

You cannot collect Avios directly from Europcar, although the ability to collect Nectar points and convert those is a good alternative for UK-based readers.

You cannot earn Virgin Points either.  However, Europcar does have some airline partners:

Miles & More – earn 500 miles per rental

Emirates Skywards – earn 600 miles per rental

Delta SkyMiles – earn 60 miles per day

Qatar Privilege Club – earn 500 miles per rental

…. plus Air Europa, Finnair Plus, Flying Blue, Loganair and TAP Portugal.

IAG, BA’s parent company, is in the process of buying Air Europa.  If the deal completes, any SUMA miles you earn from Europcar will become Avios.

Earning hotel points with Europcar

Europcar has partnerships with two major hotel groups which can earn you hotel loyalty points.  You could turn these into Avios if you wished.

Earning with Accor Live Limitless

As you can see on the Accor website here, you can not only earn Accor points with Europcar but also redeem your points for vouchers to spend on Europcar bookings.  This gets you the same value as redeeming for a hotel room, ie €40 per 2,000 points.

The earning rate for Accor is:

  •  250 points for 1-4 day rentals
  •  500 points for 5-7 day rentals
  •  1,000 points for 8-days+ rentals

Canada, China and Japan are excluded.  There are additional benefits for Accor Diamond members.

As each Accor point is worth 2 Eurocents or one Avios point (if you convert to Iberia Plus), you will receive at least €5 of value per rental.

There is a special Accor / Europcar booking page which you can find here.  You will save 10% to 25% depending on your Accor Live Limitless status.

Important: do not convert Accor points into Avios via British Airways Executive Club.  For weird historical reasons, the rate into BA is 2:1 whilst the rate into Iberia is 1:1.  There is a minimum transfer into Avios of 2,000 Accor points.  Move to Iberia and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to get them across to BA.

Depending on your daily rate, the Accor route may be more lucrative than taking Nectar points if you want to earn Avios.  The downside is the minimum conversion of 2,000 Accor points into Avios.

Earning with Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards has a relatively new partnership with Europcar.

You will earn 300 Radisson Rewards points per rental day if you credit a Europcar rental, up to a maximum of 1,800 Radisson Rewards points per rental.

We value a Radisson Rewards point at around 0.3p, so this is not exactly generous – although still more generous than Nectar.  It is better than nothing (just ….) if you are using Europcar anyway.

Bookings need to be made via this special Europcar site and you cannot credit rentals from the USA, Canada, Japan, China and India.

Note that Europcar does not show as a partner on the Radisson Rewards website.  The booking site appears to be active, but I’m not sure what this means about the state of the partnership.

You can also double dip with Europcar’s Privilege programme

Europcar has its own loyalty scheme called Privilege.  Full details can be found on the website here.

The perks are modest but, importantly, you can double dip with earning frequent flyer miles or hotel points so there is no reason not to join up.

The key benefits are:

free weekend rental after three rentals in a calendar year

£10 discount voucher after your second rental after joining

express pick-up service

Do 10 rentals over two years and you will be upgraded to Privilege Executive, triggering another free weekend voucher and an upgrade on every rental.  25 rentals over two years takes you to Privilege Elite, getting you a double upgrade.

Conclusion

With Necar points now convertible into Avios, Europcar is more interesting than it was to British Airways flyers.

The earning rate is not hugely generous, however, and for short cheap rentals you may prefer to take a fixed amount of miles in another programme.

Comments (13)

  • Jeremy i says:

    Does anyone have any good discount codes for Europcar? I used to use the EBU code for 25 per cent off but it’s not available any more

  • Richie says:

    Has anyone had a bad experience with Europcar?

    • Gorazd says:

      No bad experiences. But I do find them more finicky about any damage. Things other companies overlook.

    • johnny_c-l says:

      I had an issue at Gatwick with them last year where they were overzealous in charging me for a small scuff which was on the car when I picked it up but smaller than the size needed for it to be recorded as damage.

      Took a couple of months of emails with customer service for them to finally cancel the charge.

      Apart from this they have been OK in my experience, the only slight annoyance is every single time it takes ages for them to prepare the paperwork when picking up a car.

    • Andrew says:

      It was a while ago but I had a bad experience in France. Booked a car from Poitiers airport but when we got there they were closed. Our taxi driver was kind enough to call Europcar France who blamed us because we hadn’t put our flight number in the booking despite this clearly being marked as an optional field (we’d arrived by train). The taxi driver took us to another Europcar location who charged us a young driver supplement despite this showing as included in our reservation. Several complaints to both Europcar France and HQ later and we ended up with a refund of the supplement from both of them which meant the whole reservation was almost free but it still wasn’t worth the hassle.

      • Richie says:

        Thanks, will avoid. Can’t stand finicky and overzealous car hire behaviour.

    • Dubious says:

      Experience has generally been fine – only two negative occasions come to mind:
      1) Reserved a UK rental for pickup
      at 8am when the shop opened and after arriving at 8am discovered the car wasn’t ready – took about 30-40 mins to prep it which put me into rush-hour traffic.

      2) Rental office in Perth, Australia added a sizeable fee for communicating a speeding fine by email (I paid the fine directly to the police so not sure why the handling fee was justified – other rental agencies have told me they don’t do this).
      [Not Europcar’s fault but I also discovered that it was not possible to contest the fine once outside the country and even if I won Europcar’s fee would still stand]

      …but I have also encountered issues with Avis in Brunei and a colleague had an issue with Hertz in Oman.

    • the_real_a says:

      Usually franchise so VERY location dependent. US bookings used to book into Advantage Car Hire – i took a full size car from Philly to JFK (both offsite locations) pre covid for a week for about £150. Exceptional value.

    • Paul says:

      Worst experience ever!! They rented me a faulty car and tried to make it my fault. Customer service was diabolical , after sales service was non existent and it took over a year to sort out all their errors and mistakes. An extremely unpleasant and stressful experience. I’ve never used them since and would never do it again, I’ll stick to other brands that have been a pleasure to deal with.

  • TJ says:

    I always use Europcar when in Cyprus. Have never had an issue in over 8 years. Booking through Accor offers a discount which usually makes the rental much cheaper than any of the other big players. Accor also offer regular bonus offers; my rental a few weeks ago gained me 1000 points + 2000 bonus points, which auto-converted to 3000 Avios with Iberia.

  • Iain says:

    Used Europcar at Palms airport. Chaos, insisted on making us pay insurance even though had platinum cover. A thoroughly unpleasant experience.

  • Lady London says:

    As a rule of thumb I have found corporate locations of Hertz far, far less likely to try scams, not honouring bookings etc., than franchises. With the exception of airport branches where you always should be super-wary unless you are a known regular customer.

    I would have thought same would apply as a rule of thumb acrosd other companies too.

  • JanM says:

    It’s been a real struggle to get them to credit my Flying Blue miles in the past. Online claim forms for missing miles that didn’t work and so on… They promote Nectar heavily. Never bothered collecting Nectar with them till now, but really think it is the better bet.

    There 1 pound one-way car rentals are my standard way of getting to Heathrow.

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