How to earn miles with every Avis car rental (even non-airport locations)

Posted on August 27, 2014 by in Avis, Lufthansa Miles and More

Avis has been my favorite car rental company for some time. They have great international coverage and provide decent rates with many service locations in numerous densely-packed urban locations (like San Francisco).

Now that I'm Avis First, I like it even more! On my first rental I was upgraded to a shiny new Ford Explorer SUV from a booked compact car!

One thing that always irked me was the Avis policy to only award miles on airport locations. However, this isn't really an Avis policy – it is a rewards partner policy as well.

You can't earn American, United or Delta miles (and not many of the bonuses that come associated with them) from non-airport rentals.

However, you can earn miles from non-airport locations with these (non-US) frequent flyer programs for each rental. I give one of the following frequent flyer numbers when I rent a car and have received points every time (though often not the right amount) for each rental.

Virgin Atlantic

Program Reward

1000 per rental on all qualifying published rates.
500 per rental on all qualifying corporate rates.

Terms and Conditions

Members must present their Virgin Flying Club card
Red Flying Club members – AWD Z333300.
Silver Flying Club members – AWD N645801.
Gold Flying Club members – AWD W645601.
No flight, ticket or boarding pass is required
Members earn 1000 miles on non-contracted rates and 500 miles for contracted rates
Valid at any Avis location worldwide
Miles may be earned on one frequent flyer program per rental

Lufthansa

Program Reward
Members earn 500 miles with each qualifying Avis rental.

Terms and Conditions

Members must present Miles & More card at time of rental
Valid at participating Avis locations worldwide
Miles may not be earned on tour and airline employee rates and discounts, and may only be earned one frequent flyer program per rental

Singapore Airlines

Program Reward
Earn 250 Krisflyer miles on corporate rates and 500 Krisflyer miles on retail rates on qualifying Avis rentals. Plus, you can receive valuable discounts whenever you provide your Singapore Airlines SINGAPORE AIRLINES KRISFLYER PROGRAM/Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number X126900 or X130700 or X135900.

Terms and Conditions

Members must present their Membership I.D. Card at time of rental
Krisflyer Membership levels and corresponding Avis AWD Numbers.
Krisflyer – X126900. Blue Card
Krisflyer PPS Club – X130700 *Blue/Silver Patterned Card.
Krisflyer Solitaire PPS Club – X135900 Blue/Gold Patterned Card.
Miles may not be earned on Airline Employee, Tour, Travel Industry or special promotional rates
Miles may only be earned on one Frequent Flyer Program per rental
KrisFlyer terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.krisflyer.com for terms and conditions
Miles will be credited into your KrisFlyer account approximately six to eight weeks after your transaction.

British Airways Executive Club

Earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on Avis car rental, minimum 500 Avios per rental, worldwide.
Join Avis Preferred for the fastest way to rent a car and receive 500 bonus Avios on your first Avis Preferred rental plus a complimentary car upgrade on your next rental.
Rent with Avis four times or more in a calendar year and receive 750 bonus Avios.
250 bonus Avios when you pay for your Avis rental using your co-brand British Airways finance card (participating cards only).
Free additional driver with every rental, worldwide.
Competitive rental rates worldwide – book using your Executive Club membership number to ensure you obtain the best price available.
Discounted Prestige Meet & Greet at London Heathrow.
Exclusively for Gold Executive Club Members and other customers by invitation only, free use of our Priority Rental Service at London Heathrow T5. To use this service, you must be an Avis® Preferred® Service Member.

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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