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Get a 40% Avios bonus when you rent a car from Avis

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Avis has launched a decent bonus offer if you are planning to rent a car before mid December.

There is only one snag – the offer is from Aer Lingus and not British Airways. This means that:

Avis Avios offer

You will a 40% Avios bonus with your rental. You will receive 7 Avios per €1 instead of the usual Aer Lingus rate of 5 Avios per €1 (or the BA rate of 5 Avios per £1).

The rules are:

  • you must rent a Group C car or above
  • you must rent for 3+ days
  • you must book by 5th November
  • you must pick up your rental by 15th December
  • you must either book at or add the relevant Aer Lingus CWD discount codes to your booking if made at

The offer is valid at ‘participating’ locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. Some franchised outlets will not participate – this is likely to be the case in locations such as Jersey. Any booking from a mainstream international airport or city centre location should be fine.

The deal is not valid on Prestige, Van or Chauffeur Drive rentals.

You find out more at the Aer Lingus car rental website here.

PS. Did you know that you can now earn Avios when you rent cars with Hertz, SIXT, Europcar and You need to credit your rental to a Qatar Privilege Club account and transfer the Avios to British Airways. This article tells you more.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.

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 (39)

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  • BP says:

    Hired a car in France recently with Avis. Unfortunately I was scammed and have had no response from customer service (12 days and counting).

    The agent set the car pickup time to several hours earlier than the actual time which has resulted in me being charged for an extra day rental when I returned the car. I can prove my flight was in the air at the stated pickup time and fortunately I also retained the card machine receipt when I paid the deposit which shows the actual pickup time.

    If I’ve not received a response from Avis after 30 days, I’ll be claiming the extra paid back from Amex.

    • Ed_fly says:

      I made a rookie mistake at Avis Edinburgh airport of dropping a car off and not getting paperwork to confirm it had been returned. It was a work hire, so had full insurance, so wasn’t concerned about dents etc. Despite them spamming me with messages saying in effect I’d stolen the car and that they would notify the police. It was impossible to get hold of anyone to try and resolve. Took days to eventually sort out, didn’t receive any response to two written complaints. I now avoid Avis like the plague.

    • yonasl says:

      Europcar in South Africa (Jobourg).

      Left the car, somebody checked it and said it was all good. Then went pick up an internal flight.

      Two day later I get an email saying a light is broken and they will charge me for it.

      The contract said my responsibility ended when I returned the car but Europcar ZA was adamant they could find damage “anytime”.

      Eventually had Europcar Europe help me with the refund because the emails to the ZA office are worth of a thread of their own.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Had a similar thing with Avis Gibraltar – they chose to not book the car back in for hours, resulting in a whole day extra charge. Rejected my complaint on the basis that I signed a hire agreement which says they can charge for extra days! I’m not done with this complaint yet.

      Avis Anchorage – car sold as an upgrade was not clean and had a damp food stench inside.

      Avis UK – corporate rental was delivered a whole day late, obviously I had to make other arrangements – but that didn’t stop Avis charging and refusing to refund.

    • Lady London says:

      Which airport please?

  • scottydoggiom says:

    Buying Hilton Points is a Scam . Always cheaper by cash

    • Rob says:

      Look forward to seeing you paying literally 3x as much at Waldorf Astoria Dubai at Christmas then ….

      You’re also welcome to join me at Park Hyatt New York next week, where cash rooms are currently $1500 but I booked via c £500 of bought points.

    • Travel Strong says:

      😂 that’s a very absolute statement for something so incorrect. On many many dates there are basic UK properties (e.g. HGI hatton cross) for 30k points/£120 points cost… and cash prices are £130 and up (for a comparatively flexible rate).
      Thats just a low key example to accompany Rob’s major example. I have also made substantial savings by swapping my Conrad las vegas, and Waldorf the palm bookings from cash to points (on the last points offer)…
      3 nights over Easter was £1000 on points or £1300 cash..

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Aside from the profound wrongness, random capitalisation and broken syntax were probably the first clues that we are not dealing with the most astute points guru here 😀

    • Gavin says:

      Munich last week (during Oktoberfest) for a last minute booking. I could pay 50k points, at a cost of around £200 to buy. Or pay around €430 cash at the same hotel. Very little else available in the city at the time.

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