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Get 50% bonus Avios with Avis car rentals

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Avis, the exclusive British Airways car rental partner (alongside its sister company Budget), has launched a new promotion.

If you book a car for a rental between now and Easter, you will receive 50% bonus Avios. This takes your earning rate up to 7.5 Avios per £1.

Here is the small print:

50% bonus Avios with Avis car rentals
  • You must book by 10th March
  • You must pick up your rental by 5th April
  • You must rent for at least three days and hire a Group C or larger vehicle
  • Your rental must be made via a BA channel, including the dedicated car rental site here, and include a British Airways discount code (this is included by default when booking online)
  • You may also book directly at BUT you will only receive the bonus Avios if your rental is pre-paid
  • Not valid on Prestige, van or chauffeur drive rentals

You will also receive 1,000 bonus Avios on your first Avis rental after signing up for the Avis Preferred loyalty programmedetails on the BA / Avis site.

The full HfP guide to earning Avios from Avis car rentals is here.

PS. You may also be targetted for an Avis cashback offer on one of your Amex cards. I have ‘£30 back for spending £200 on a UK rental’.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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

30,000 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (12)

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  • A T says:

    If the BA Avis site ever showed me something other than “Sorry, no vehicles are available. Please try other location or date and time. (ES108)” I’d use it. I’ve been trying to use it for months for simple one-way bookings like LAX-SFO, LAX-SJC, LAX to downtown San Francisco, downtown San Francisco to SJC etc . I get the same message every time. I’ve booked via Kayak instead – same search criteria and much cheaper, but without the avios.

  • eligold says:

    seeing that ‘prestige’ is excluded, I rented for Part of a day 2 weeks ago. my options were some trashy car for £64 or a Merc CLA AMG for £70. of course I chose the Merc (and thoroughly enjoyed the drive).
    I then noticed on my credit card the It was charged under a different company name, meaning that the AMEX offer on spending £200 with Avis won’t trigger

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