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Crazy car promo: get 25,000 Etihad Guest miles with a 3+ day Avis rental

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Back in December 2016, Head for Points caused chaos with Avis UK.

Iberia Plus was offering 18,700 Avios for a 3-day Avis car rental over a specific weekend. In 2016 it was perfectly possible to get a 3-day Avis rental for under £50, and our readers promptly booked out virtually the entire UK supply of small cars.

A promotion has now turned up which is even more generous.

Etihad Guest Avis 25,000 miles offer

Etihad is offering 25,000 Etihad Guest miles if you book a 3+ day Avis car rental.

There is quite a bit of flexbility too as you can read here:

  • you need to book by 31st October (Monday) so from that point of view it is tight
  • you can, however, pick up your car at any point up to 23rd December
  • you need to rent a Group C car or above for 3+ days
  • virtually all Avis rental stations globally are taking part
  • you can earn the bonus up to three times

The bonus is on top of your base earnings. If you don’t have Etihad Guest status you will earn 3 miles per $1 equivalent.

It’s not 2016, of course

What has changed since the Iberia offer of 2016, of course, is the cost of a car rental. With most rental companies having sold off large parts of their fleets during the pandemic, and now being unable to restock due to the global slowdown in car production, prices have shot up.

You won’t be finding 3 day UK rentals for under £50 I’m sure, and I’m not expecting Avis UK to experience another sell out.

Etihad Guest is not of huge interest to most HfP readers. That said, if you wanted to try their Business Class product to the Middle East then a one-way redemption from the UK is roughly 62,500 miles.

You can top up your miles from car rentals via an American Express Membership Rewards transfer. I recommend this article which shows you all the options for earning Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards.

Our last review of Etihad’s business class service is here. Our news report on the new seat – which is a smarter version of the British Airways Club Suite – is here.

You can also redeem on a wide range of partners, including American Airlines and Air Canada, even though Etihad is not in any airline alliance.

Unless you are a keen Etihad Guest collector then I wouldn’t be renting cars under this offer purely to leave them on your drive for three days, as happened in 2016.

If you do need car rentals between now and late December, however, I would be taking this offer seriously.

You can find full details on this special page of the Etihad website.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (June 2024)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (53)

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  • vol says:

    Unfortunately I can’t get the mobile site to work – pressing the “Find Cars” button doesn’t find cars.

    Maybe desktop might work better.

    • Dubious says:

      It is date dependent. Many dates without availability seem to just show an error message.

  • Palty says:

    One thing which isn’t very clear when it’s says
    you can earn the bonus up to three times does that mean that you can earn 75000 Etihad miles?
    Or 3 times till you reach the amount of 25000
    Because I do actually have a small amount of points with etihad, and since I fly a lot there it might make sense for me

  • F says:

    I read elsewhere that the last time this promo ran Etihad took a year to credit the miles, which does put me off.

  • ThinkSquare says:

    Did people eventually get their Avios from the 2016 promo? Nobody seems to have done by the time that linked thread was closed.

  • Will says:

    Cars available at Bristol airport for £100 ish for today for 3 days.

    Also 5% showing on my curve rewards for Avis pre paid bookings.

  • kitten says:

    Missed the hat tip to the reader that posted thid yesterday.

  • jms_uk says:

    There was also a 20k EY miles AVIS promo in August.

    And for those travelling, there are some European airports where you can get a 3-day rental for as low as £33.

  • Amy says:

    New to this. I can get a 3 day rental picking up on day 1 (Saturday) at 12pm and returning at 8pm on day 3 (Monday). Would this count as 3 days, or does it have to be 72 hours? Price I am getting is around £100.

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