Here’s a niche-but-interesting promotion currently running with Avis – earn 1,000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles per day on Avis car rentals. Here are the key terms:
- Book from now through 1/31/2019
- Rental must be from now through 5/31/2019
- The booking must be made through the dedicated portal for this promotion (see link below)
- You can earn bonus miles on a maximum of 3 rentals
- Bonus miles are capped at 10,000
- You must have your Virgin Atlantic (VS) frequent flyer number in your Avis profile and set your earnings preference to VS miles
- Bonus miles are in addition to normal points earning for Avis rentals when VS miles are chosen as the earning preference:
- For rentals of 1-6 days, normal earning is 500 VS miles
- For rentals of 7+ days, normal earning is 1,000 VS miles
- Applies to rentals in US (North America), Mexico, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia
As we mentioned at the outset, this is a pretty niche promotion, as you’d only be interested if Virgin Atlantic (VS) miles are valuable to you. If you’re interested, Richard Kerr of The Points Guy has an excellent article on the best uses of Virgin Atlantic miles here.
Recall also that Virgin Atlantic is a transfer partner of Amex, Chase, Citi, and Marriott, and that Bank of America issues a Virgin Atlantic co-branded credit card that sometimes offers a big sign-up bonus.
Assuming you may have some use for VS miles, we’ll spitball their baseline value at 1.2 to 1.5 cents per mile; thus, an extra 1,000 VS miles per day would result in an extra miles rebate worth about $12-15. And beyond that, if you had a one-day rental, you’d also earn 500 VS miles normally, so you’d end up with a total of 1,500 VS miles, worth about $18-22.50. That’s a pretty good rebate on a cheap one-day rental.
As always, be sure to check the rates you’d get through this promotion and compare them to rates you could otherwise get, to determine if this promotion represents good value to you. We did one quick spot-check, using a one-day rental from a non-airport location in our home town of Plano, Texas, on a random date. In that example, the promo rate for an intermediate car (presented in GB pounds but converted to US dollars here) was $43-47 depending on whether you paid in advance, whereas the rate was $41-44 using our corporate code or the Chase Sapphire Reserve discount code. In that case, the promo would be a good deal if you have any use for the VS miles and if the Avis rate stands up to rates from other rental companies.
Can anyone use this promo to earn some extra Virgin Atlantic miles with Avis? Please share with us in the Comments!
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