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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 to earn Avios with Avis car rentals

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.

How to earn British Airways Avios from Avis car rentals

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?

Yes.

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 rentalDetails 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

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 (22)

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  • Yona says:

    Beware of the BA holidays Avis rental. You can rent with Avis app/website and cancel up to 48 hrs before the day of pickup. You can also use Expedia and cancel up to 6hrs before pickup. All these options have very similar prices to using BA Holidays with the difference being you CAN CANCEL. With BA you are stuck and cannot change anything (dates, car category, cancel). With Expedia specially, as you have 6hrs to cancel you can get your money back if a long flight gets delayed or cancelled. With BA you cannot. All for a few Avios, it is not worth it.

    • Tracey says:

      It is worth it if it turns into a double tier points BA holiday.

    • dougzz99 says:

      That’s a selective view. With a BA holiday you can often get the car for little more than the flight, you pay a deposit so you have some cancellation options albeit within the scope of cancelling the flight too. Expedia, no thanks. It’s not about the Avios, it’s about the total package price, and the double TP. Each to their own, I mostly book direct, usually with National, and I also use BA holidays when it suits. I’d be much more concerned with the car quality and overall process than a few Avios. Avis post-pandemic have in my experience a much older fleet than National, and I’d favour National in most circumstances, I also like the aisle process at larger locations. Having said that I’ve never had a complete disaster with Avis, just some slightly annoying experiences here and there. I used to favour Hertz, but haven’t seen a reasonable rate from them since 2019. One thing all car rental companies suffer from is near non-existent customer service. I always loiter for the return receipt as it’s far easier to sort things whilst there than try to resolve something from thousands of miles away with organisation that simply ignore you. Sadly in the USA return receipts are becoming less and less available, I’m sure for this very reason.

      • Hbommie says:

        Agree re customer service from many rental locations, very patchy especially in Portugal, US not too bad for me. An email receipt usually works out ok, but I always have excess insurance when I don’t have Amex Plat. £60 per year for worldwide cover works well.

  • Sloth says:

    Avis has always paid out for me on TopCasbacb…I appreciate we all have different experiences

    Agreed that the pricing is always cheaper going direct than through this link. Have just rechecked a booking for next week and is the same

  • Matty says:

    Agree with everything you say dougzz99. Similar experiences to you. Of note is Avis in Paphos. There’s bad customer service and there’s getting ripped off by a bunch of cowboys.

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