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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 (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 (12)

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  • Robin Shone says:

    The IHG bonus offer appears to be targeted. I’m only offered 80% bonus but triggered at 5000 points

  • Manya says:

    Hilton also offering a bonus when purchasing points. Email I received said 100%.

  • ianM says:

    It’s a decent deal, IHG reward nights are far better value than Hilton, plenty decent properties for 20k or less, Hilton now 30k benchmark.

  • Ed_fly says:

    Not only is the IHG bonus seemingly targeted (100% here) min spend is as well, mine is min purchase of 5,000 points before the 100% kicking in.

    Unless things have changed since I last looked, an obvious point purchase sweet spot is Mr and Mrs Smith hotels, which have generated a 0.6p per point return.

  • Mattb says:

    Regarding the avis 1000 avios for first rental would I get that if I book direct with avis and put my BA number in during Checkout? Want to use the Amex £30 back offer but anything else would be a bonus.

  • David S says:

    Where I usually book my Avis vehicle you can have a Group A car or the next one up is a Group G. This has been the case for a few years so unless I’m booking a BA holiday to max tier points, I look elsewhere. However you can get a “Budget” vehicle in any group at the same location and for less than the Avis rate.
    They are the same vehicles and it avoids BA having to give you the extra Avios or free driver. It’s a right con

  • Londonsteve says:

    I wonder how business is for Avis and the other big players these days? They’re affected by new vehicle supply problems and consequently prices for car rental rocketed to the point that in some places it’s cheaper to buy a second hand car than rent one for a couple of weeks. That’s certainly the case in the UK. More realistically a combination of Uber and tactical use of public transport (which can be more pleasant anyway as you watch the world go by rather than have to concentrate on an unfamiliar road in a foreign country) is now usually cheaper than car rental. The industry has a much slimmed down future at this rate, particularly in combination with declining rates of young people passing driving tests because they don’t see the point. I haven’t rented a car since before the pandemic and I can’t be the only one, every time I’ve looked the prices have been horrifying.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Uber prices have skyrocketed too though – have had more than a dozen rides in the last few months over €100 and particularly arriving at an airport to have to have quick fingers to get a ride before they’re all hoovered up by the rest of the plane.

      Hertz are north of £/$/$100 a day every time these days

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    It’s the nickel and dime-ing – or should I say the £100 and £500-ing!

    That’s what gets me. Got stung in Mexico while wife was sick – so it was take the car or leave it (and someone in the queue behind me who was told: there are no cars left!)

    Then in Denver, with BA car hire, “your extra driver is not included”.

    Or Panama, again: extra driver not included.

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