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NEW: Earn Avios from car rentals with Hertz, Europcar and Sixt via Qatar Privilege Club

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A month ago, Qatar Airways officially adopted Avios as its frequent flyer currency. Qmiles are no more.

You can now link your British Airways Executive Club account with your Qatar Privilege Club account and move Avios back and forth at a 1:1 ratio. Our ‘how to’ guide to account linking is here.

If you think ‘so what?’ because you could already book Qatar Airways flights via British Airways Executive Club, you need to think again. A lot of new Avios earning options with partners are now available, as long as you open a Qatar Privilege Club account.

In this article I want to look at how earning Avios from car rentals is now far easier than it was.

Earning Avios from car rentals

For many years now, the whole of the IAG airline group (primarily British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus) has had an exclusive deal with Avis Budget.

This has generally worked well. There are some genuinely good additional benefits offered through this partnership, such as a free additional driver with Avis. You also earn Avios at a decent rate of 5 Avios per £1 spent.

Avis and Budget are often not an option, however, either due to price or to simply not having a depot or the availability you need at your destination.

This used to mean no Avios from your rental. This is no longer the case.

Qatar Privilege Club has a wide range of Avios-earning car rental partners

If Avis or Budget are not convenient, what you need to do is:

  • book with one of the car rental companies discussed below
  • credit the rental to your Qatar Privilege Club account
  • move the Avios across to British Airways Executive Club

See here for details of the Qatar Airways car rental partners.

Earning Avios from car rentals with Qatar Privilege Club

These are your options:

Avis

Yes, we know, Avis is a British Airways partner already. However, there is a little quirk. Avios earning via British Airways Executive Club is based on what you spend, at the rate of 5 Avios per £1.

With Qatar Airways you earn at a flat rate. For non-status members, this means 500 Avios per rental.

If you are spending under £100, and assuming that the BA and Qatar discount codes get you the same price from Avis, you might as well credit the rental to Privilege Club.

The Avis home page is here. The BA partnership site is here.

Budget

With Budget, there is an even bigger incentive to credit your rental to Qatar Privilege Club and not Executive Club.

With BA, you will only earn 2 Avios per £1 you spend. Credit your rental to Qatar Privilege Club and you will earn a flat 500 Avios.

Unless you are spending over £250, Qatar Privilege Club is the most lucrative option.

The Budget home page is here. The BA partnership site is here.

Europcar

Europcar was not previously an Avios partner, although you could earn Nectar points – at a terrible rate – and convert them. We wrote this article on how you could earn points and miles in other loyalty schemes with Europcar.

You can now earn Avios with Europcar via Qatar Privilege Club. You will earn 500 Avios on all rentals.

The Europcar website is here.

Hertz

Hertz is arguably ‘the big one’ in terms of opening up new ways of earning Avios from Qatar Privilege Club.

As a Privilege Club member you receive:

  • Up to 10% off Hertz car rental rates
  • 500 Avios for standard rentals 
  • 250 Avios for contract rentals 

Historically, we recommended crediting Hertz rentals to Virgin Flying Club. If you collect both Avios and Virgin Points, the Virgin route is still more generous as you receive 1,000 points per rental.

The Hertz website is here.

Sixt

You can earn 500 Avios for every Sixt rental when you credit it to Qatar Privilege Club.

Sixt also has a partnership with Virgin Atlantic earning 500 Virgin Points per rental – see here.

The Sixt website is here.

Rentalcars.com

Finally, Qatar Privilege Club has an interesting deal with Rentalcars.com. This is a consolidator, allowing you to book cars from every major rental company in virtually all major markets.

You need to book via the special link on the Qatar Airways website (click on ‘Car Rentals’ and then ‘Rentalcars.com’) which takes you to a dedicated co-branded booking page. You will receive 3 Avios in Privilege Club for every $1 you spend.

Concusion

The Avis Budget partnership with Avios has been very successful because it was well designed to offer genuine benefits to members.

That said, Avis Budget is not always the answer to your car rental problems. The new Avios deal with Qatar Privilege Club means that you can now earn Avios from Europcar, Hertz and Sixt too.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (26)

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  • Graeme says:

    All the big car hire firms were charging unbelievably high rates for a rental from Edinburgh Airport this June – starting from £500 for 3 days for the smallest car. I normally go with Budget but this was double what they charged me in March, which itself was a good 50% more than I have paid in the past. I’m not sure what is going on there but I’ve switched to public transport to get me to the Borders.

    • Rob says:

      Simple. You can’t buy new cars at the moment due to the semi conductor crisis and the rental firms sold off most of their cars during covid.

      • Gordon says:

        I have had a commercial vehicle on order since January and have been told not to expect it until July at the earliest. Also all the manufacturers have stopped taking orders for new individual orders now as well as for fleet orders….

        • Gordon says:

          Also the second hand market is buoyant because of demand. So once I’ve sold my 3 year old van I would have purchased a new one for a great price because of the high price of the second hand market….

  • Graeme says:

    We’ve always used uscarhire dot com for Florida rentals. Everything included with the option to add extra drivers, tank of fuel etc and cheaper than rental companies own sites. £10 per day more for an SUV than we used to pay but can live with that.

    Like hotels, USA car hire is obscene right now but have noticed prices dropping closer to travel dates. I had booked through Turo but had several bookings cancelled so I won’t take the risk with them.

  • ALEXANDER BARCLAY says:

    i have been using uscarhire dot com as well much cheaper than anyone else i can find

  • dougzz99 says:

    US Car hire is odd right now. They seem to be building a lot of buffer into prices. I’ve taken advantage of various card offers to get decent status with Avis, Hertz and National. I then rent a large car with the two cheapest ones, the other as a fallback in case they have no cars on arrival, easy to cancel right up to collection time. In the last two or three weeks I check to see if they have anything better, don’t always login as that often offers different and typically more expensive rates. Often by renting a large car you get the opportunity to select from an aisle or area, or just allocated something nicer. Most recently got a nice sized SUV, Honda Pilot, that had 1500 miles on it, and still smelt new. Little over £50/day with insurance, in the current/recent situation that price is good.

  • Aston100 says:

    Have had a bad experience with SixT whenever we’ve used them, and their customer service is really poor.
    From my last hire, I’ve got a bunch of threatening letters from them because I did a chargeback on an upgrade fee which they had promised not to implement, and yet they went ahead and charged it anyway it and refused to remove it. They then cheekily charged another fee which Amex rejected the day after.

    Another time I prebooked but when I got there they claimed they didn’t have any cars left. It was only when I refused to leave the premises and stood in the door that they agreed to get me a car from another branch. They agreed to refund the taxi for that journey, but to date (6 months later) have still not paid up.

  • Martin says:

    Car flexi is quite good.
    Rented through them with no issue.
    You pay the majority when you pick up in local currency so need to factor in fx fees if no fx fee free card.

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      Just used CarFlexi at Denver. Was booked two months ago through then with Europcar, then rebooked (amended, which is free) 24 hrs before for half the price with Sixt.

  • Grimz says:

    Anyone used drive USA a German company. Rates look good for USA but priced € and you pay when you drop off car.

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