News in brief:
British Airways adds flights to Grenoble
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve covered the launch of the British Airways ski schedule from London Gatwick, primarily to Salzburg and Geneva. It has also added Heathrow flights to Innsbruck.
If you jumped in when we announced the flights, you could have picked up the guaranteed Avios seats for peak weeks and saved yourself a small fortune.
British Airways has now added a new Gatwick ski route – Grenoble.
Flights start on 3rd December and operate at weekends only, on Saturday and Sunday.
Avios availability is excellent. As of 10pm last night, you could even get a family of four away for February half term as long as you flew out on the Sunday.
Save 10% on a UK Enterprise car rental for the Bank Holiday weekend
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is running a special offer for anyone who has decided to stay in the UK over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Via this link – and only this link – you can save 10%+ on rentals starting on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th or Saturday 27th August.
Enterprise sites in the North West (Manchester / Liverpool area) are not participating but the rest of the UK is fine.
Your rental will also earn points and miles in selected loyalty schemes including Virgin Points and Hilton Honors.
Enterprise now has over 400 rental sites in the UK so there is likely to be one near you, wherever you live. What I didn’t realise until recently is how much Avis in particular has pulled back from non-airport sites, with only a couple left in Central London.
You can get a quote via the special microsite here.
How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (December 2023)
If you hire a car in the UK, you can get special benefits (discounts, upgrades, free additional drivers etc) if you have elite status with a car rental programme. You can get elite status for free via certain American Express cards.
The Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum
The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum come with two free car hire status cards. Your supplementary Platinum cardholder can also receive status in their own right.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
From Avis, you receive President’s Club status in Avis Preferred. This gets you up to 25% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a guaranteed one class upgrade. For weekend rentals you will receive a two class upgrade, subject to availability.
From Hertz, you receive ‘Five Star’ status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. This gets you up to 15% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a one class upgrade, subject to availability.
Hertz also offers Platinum cardholders a 4 hour grace period on rentals. Your final day is treated as 28 hours, so a 1pm pick up with a 5pm return the following day is only charged as one day, not two days. We wrote about the Hertz / Platinum 4 hour grace period here.
The Platinum Card also comes with full car hire insurance with no obligation to pay for the rental via American Express. You can refuse any attempts to sell you additional insurance at pick up. This benefit has substantial value if you rent on a regular basis.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is an excellent card in its own right. You receive 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up (convert to 20,000 Avios amongst other things), four airport lounge passes and £120 of Deliveroo credit. Even better, your first year is free.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
There are two car rental benefits:
- you receive Preferred Plus status in Avis Preferred
- you receive a special package with Hertz – 10% off best available rates at participating locations, a one class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability, and no additional driver fees
Find out more about the benefits of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold in our review. You can apply here.