If you want to earn Avios with a car rental, your only options are Avis and its sister company Budget, which have an exclusive deal with the IAG airlines.
If Hertz turns out to be a better option for your trip, we recommend crediting your rental to Virgin Flying Club.
The standard earning rate on leisure rentals is a flat 1,000 Virgin Points, which we’d value at around £10 if used for premium cabin flights.
If you’re not a regular Virgin Points collector, it’s still not a bad deal taking the points. 1,000 Virgin Points is also good for £5-worth of bits and pieces via the Virgin Red app, including food and drink from Greggs.
For the next few weeks, crediting Hertz rentals to Virgin Atlantic is even more compelling.
For bookings made by 31st March, for rentals up to 31st May 2022, you will receive:
- 10% off standard leisure rates
- 2,000 Virgin Points per rental
There is no minimum rental period. Even a one day hire will trigger the 2,000 points.
You can find full details on the Hertz page of the Virgin Atlantic website here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)