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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:


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.


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 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 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.


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.

Finally, Qatar Privilege Club has an interesting deal with 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 ‘’) which takes you to a dedicated co-branded booking page. You will receive 3 Avios in Privilege Club for every $1 you spend.


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 from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (26)

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  • Paul says:

    Avisba & Avis websites were extortionately expensive for USA a few weeks ago when we went – we booked via holiday autos and got an suv for the same very reasonable price we paid 3 years ago and their service was excellent. Worth looking there too.

    • Gordon says:

      Going to the US west coast in November, This company could be useful. Do they cover the west coast.

    • Reney says:

      I’m also booked with them, can never quite work out if you can still earn points and get status benefits when booking via 3rd party when it comes to car rental.

    • Rich says:

      I found that with Spain for a trip next month, didn’t book but kept an eye on pricing and found that 3 weeks from travel the prices with Avis dropped back to a very reasonable level. I haven’t witnessed such significant drops (c. 300%!) pre covid.

  • Nigel Hamilton says:

    Does anyone know if I can get Avios or Privilege miles from a direct existing booking with Budget (Canada)? I definitely don’t want to rebook as it was booked last year before the massive price increases!

    • Rob says:

      Depends what the rules are on using the BA or Qatar discount code. Not a problem in itself.

  • Rob H says:

    Anyone know if the £1 deal from some hire companies for hiring a car from their local depot to Heathrow ?

    Loved this quirk.

  • Alan T says:

    Already set that up for a Hertz rental next year. And as said, given the crazy rental car rates and variation in the US at present, you really have to shop around to get best value!

  • Patrick says:

    Worth noting is that putting your BAEC number in the booking allowed to get the extra driver for free…is it the same with QR?

  • Aliks says:

    Rentalcars is the interesting one if you are paying from your own pocket.

    All too often Hertz and the other big boys are 30-50% more expensive than the locals even in Europe. And I say that as a Hertz Presidents Circle member.

    • Gavin454 says:

      I find it rare that it’s cheaper to book direct (even with BA, Amex discounts). Almost always cheaper to book via holiday autos, rentalcars etc. Recently I’ve also found booking Europcar direct via their Amex discount link (15% discount for Platinum) to be good value sometimes, too.

  • lumma says:

    I’ve got an offer on on of my amex cards for 10% off Discover Cars with spending £100. The website looks identical to

  • Louie says:

    I’m currently very glad that I’ve earned Hertz’ own points from my Hertz rentals over the last few years. Need a car from Heathrow or Gatwick or nearby for 10 weeks from early June and a month over Christmas. Used to paying between £8 and £20 a day from Hertz at Heathrow or Gatwick. Best quotes I could find were £5,000+ in total (well over £50 a day on average), unless I wanted Easirent whose reviews are so bad I couldn’t risk it. So we’ve decided to buy a little car instead, I used to have a Fiat 500 and loved it. But I have recently booked an Astra for the first two weeks to give us time to find one, using 2,800 Hertz points + £15 per week. Just checked on as recommended above and that would have been £1,300.

    • Oli says:

      I used to rent with Hertz a lot but can’t do any more since they removed the ability to rent in the UK to drive overseas in Jan 2021

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