How to earn Avios from Avis car rentals
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Avis Budget Group is the exclusive car rental partner of British Airways which means you can earn Avios when you rent from them.
We looked at how to earn Avios from Budget car rentals in this article. Today I want to look at how to earn Avios from Avis car rentals.
Before I go on, I want to make something clear. Despite the Avis Budget Group deal, you CAN earn Avios from Hertz, Europcar and Sixt car rentals. You do this by crediting them to a Qatar Privilege Club account, which uses Avios as its currency, and then transferring the Avios across to British Airways Executive Club.
How do I book Avis car rentals to earn Avios?
Avis and BA have a dedicated booking site which you can find here and which automatically adds the correct British Airways discount code.
If you use avis.co.uk, you will need to manually add the British Airways discount codes (AWD) which are, based on your British Airways Executive Club status:
- Gold members – N744400
- Silver members – N744300
- Bronze members – N284300
- Blue members – N744100
Full details of this offer and all of the partnership benefits are on the Avis / BA website here.
You can also book, and find out more, on the car hire pages of ba.com here.
How many Avios will you earn?
The earning rate was simplified a couple of years ago.
You now earn 5 Avios per £1 spent at Avis.
There are no longer additional bonuses for paying with a British Airways American Express card or making multiple rentals in the same year.
There is no longer a minimum earning rate. A very cheap rental will now only earn a very small number of Avios.
Are there bonus offers?
Yes. There are occasional offers of a 50% bonus, where you will earn 7.5 Avios per £1 spent.
Are there any other Avios bonuses available from Avis?
Yes. If you join Avis Preferred for free you will collect an additional 1,000 bonus Avios on your next rental.
Are there other benefits?
If you book via the British Airways discount codes, you will receive a free additional driver. This can represent a decent saving and is one of key perks of the Avis / BA partnership.
You can no longer pick up Avis cars at Terminal 5
Avis no longer has a depot inside the long stay car park at Heathrow Terminal 5. It has moved to the car park of the nearby Staybridge Suites hotel which requires you to take a bus to and from the airport.
The only car rental group with cars inside Terminal 5 is Sixt, which has a desk in the lobby of the Sofitel Heathrow hotel.
Is the Avis / BA deal better than the Virgin Atlantic / Hertz deal?
For most people, probably not.
You can earn 1,000 Virgin Points with a Hertz rental. Details of the Virgin Atlantic / Hertz deal are on the Virgin website here.
You would need to spend £200 with Avis before you would earn 1,000 Avios. Unless you are renting for a week or taking a large car, it is unlikely that you would spend over £200 with Avis.
You can check out the full details on the Avis / British Airways website here.
You can learn about the Avios / Budget car rental partnership here if you want to compare.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
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
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.