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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, 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 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?


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 (September 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 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

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.

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

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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 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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  • David says:

    Beware of the free additional driver offer. This was not honoured with the similar Iberia Plus/Avis offer at SJO. Email to Avis was ignored

  • Bagoly says:

    “Unless you are renting for a week or taking a large car, it is unlikely that you would spend over £200 with Avis.”
    That was true pre-Covid, but not so much nowadays – even for the cheapest car, any random 2 days over the summer at a European airport is currently at least £200, often significantly more.

    • Rizz says:

      Exactly. Rental prices have gone crazy in the past year.

    • Lady London says:

      Perhaps a slip since generally these articles are re-checked before republication.

      Let’s face it £700 or £800 has not been at all unusual to be quoted for a week since quite some time now.

      • Rob says:

        No, I meant it. We have a car for 4 days in New England this week and it is around £250 all in. Massively down on what you would have paid last year. We also paid relative peanuts in Edinburgh over New Year.

        Whilst there may be odd spikes here and there I think the mad pricing of last year has gone.

  • Alex says:

    I agree with Bagoly. The days of sub 200 pound week-end rentals are over. Friday to Sunday is often around that mark.

    I also received a mail this weekend telling me that free weekend vouchers now have blackout dates of 1st July to 31st August, and more in some markets.

    I might give Hertz a go since we get status from Amex Plat, I get Eurostar points from them. All you used to get were awful Renaults but they seem to have diversified.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Had some great cars over the years with Hertz. The ultimate choice feature in NA in particular is great – hired a Jetta drove off in a Jag…

      • Patrick says:

        Best one in CDG with Avis: rented a Peugeot, ended up in a brand new S-class

  • Barry cutters says:

    Anyone know where the £15 and free weekend vouchers actually go? I never can work out how to find them

    • Rich says:

      I believe they’re loaded to the offers section of the app, which is in the ‘more’ menu, bottom right of the Avis app.

      • Patrick says:

        They aren’t on mine, I usually put the email in a dedicated folder so I’m sure I don’t miss out on them!
        Worth noting that you can get multiple vouchers, one per tier. So if you are preferred, move to preferred Plus and make 3 rentals as a pref +, you’ll end up with 2 vouchers: one when being pref, one when being pref+

  • David S says:

    Why is it that Airlines reward you for your loyalty whereas car hire companies try to do the opposite. Whenever I log into Avis to book a vehicle I get no benefit at all (price wise). And don’t get me started on the weekend voucher. Try adding that into a longer rental and the price seems to be higher than without using the voucher

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Car hire usually much cheaper through a broker tho of course

  • Shane says:

    I’m not sure that the BA discount codes offer any actual discount on the normal rate. On following the link above to the dedicated booking site, one is not asked for one’s BA Eexecutive Club No and when going via the normal Avios site one can enter the BA codes listed above, but they make not one jot of difference to the price. The free extra driver benefit is valuable, and the extra avios are worth a few quid, but the implication that one gets a differentiated discount according to one’s BA status does not seem to be borne out.

    • Patrick says:

      Just add your BAEC number to your Avis preferred profile, and book on the (or other regional websites) using the AWD.
      Always ended up 10-20% cheaper than the public price

  • F says:

    I’m still waiting for my bonus avios or any avios since mid Feb..

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