(EXPIRED) Earn 6,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles With A 2-Day Avis Car Rental

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Virgin Atlantic have teamed up with Avis to offer a potentially very lucrative promotion when renting a car.

Here’s the deal and how – taken to the extreme – you can earn four return tickets in First Class on ANA.

Virgin Atlantic Avis Offer

The Deal

  • Book your car rental with Avis from January 1 to February 28, 2018 and drive away any time before June 30, 2018 with a bonus 5,500 Flying Club miles.
  • Direct link to offer.

Key Details

  • Earn 6,000 miles for rentals of two days or more. (500 miles for rentals of two to six days plus bonus 5,500 miles).
  • Bonus Flying Club miles awarded on all rentals taking place in North America, Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • Valid at all participating Avis locations in the regions listed above.
  • Reservation period: From January 1 to February 28, 2018.
  • All rentals must begin by June 30, 2018.
  • Entitlement: Valid on rental car group C and above for a minimum of two days and maximum rental of 28 days. (Rental car group C is Intermediate, so this offer won’t work for Economy and Compact rentals.)

Quick Thoughts

Earning 6,000 miles on a two-day car rental is extremely generous. The Frequent Miler Fair Trading Price for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles is 1.00cpp, making this offer worth $60.

If you wanted to take this offer to the extreme, you could earn enough miles for four round-trip First Class ANA flights from the US to Japan.

There are 163 days between tomorrow (January 19, 2018) and the end of the promotion (June 30, 2018). That means you can fit in 81 two-day rentals by the end of the promotion, assuming that concurrent rentals wouldn’t earn more than one set of 6,000 miles.

81 * 6,000 = 486,000 Flying Club miles. That’s enough for four round-trip ANA First Class flights, or 40% of a trip to Necker Island.

If you do plan to take advantage of this offer – even if it’s not to this extreme – don’t forget to make your reservations by February 28.

h/t Head For Points

About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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Corky
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Corky

Rental prices make this a loser.

tassojunior
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tassojunior

When you go through the link you get to Virgin’s website. On there the rates are double what I get from just going through my Avis.

In order to add or change to Virgin miles in My Profile/ Rewards, you must have a credit card entered on file. If not, nothing happens.

The weekend rates I’m getting are about $65 all in for 2 days. A little over what the miles are worth here. But I think they are worth more as I often use them for a one-way IAD-LHR for 10K miles and $140.

losingtrader
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losingtrader

That’s because you’re cheap and fly economy. Get off this blog you heretic !!

In fairness I did try the SAS Bonus 5000 mile per rental deal but it lasted all of one rental in Cancun.

Now I just go for Fox Rent a car which doesn’t force you to buy their insurance because they don’t pay for actual plates on the car! The letter of registration on the rear windshield expired 2 years ago, but, hey, I like paying 50 cents per day to rent a car.
My last 5 day rental in Mexico was $22 because I did pay for an additonal driver

Frank
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Frank

And in any event Avis is just more expensive. Sure I can get all the extra points but can they compete with $50.14 all in for a week’s rental in Costa Rica?

You’d be buying the miles for way mote than they’re worth.

GringoLoco
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Your one week rental will actually be in the neighborhood of $400 by the time the mandatory insurances are paid. Avis and most other car rental companies here do NOT quote those.

Lancelot
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Lancelot

This is interesting. To max out at my local Avis would be around $10,500 total. That’s not a bad value considering the price of ANA first class, but I’m not going to do it because I’m not going to dump $10,500 towards points right now, and my local Avis opens at 9am which means I’d be spending my lunch every 2 days going to rent another car.

Too much hassle for me. I also think Virgin/Avis may start asking questions after about 30 straight days of nothing but 2 day rentals at the same location.

I do like the extreme concept. It’s definitely an interesting way to think about it.

losingtrader
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losingtrader

The country of residence on the link is fixed as the UK.

Harsh
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Harsh

Do we have to book through Flying Club AVIS portal ? Can’t we use AVIS portal directly and get the miles credited ?

Thanks
Harsh shah

Al
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Al

Well, the terms and conditions do not say that you have to book through the special link. I wonder if I would get the bonus if I just book on Avis app and select Virgin as travel partner.

On UK website, the price quoted includes all taxes and fees as well as CDW and supplemental liability insurances. I priced a few rentals and some don’t have price difference while others are far more expensive on the UK site.

I booked 1/29/2018 – 1/31/2018 LAS for a total of 73.26 GBP. On the US site, the total price is $100.68 using AA AWD# (don’t have AWD for Virgin but I suppose all those AWDs have the same discount ). Using exchange rate of 1.39, $100.68 will convert to 72.43GBP. Pretty close. In fact the total of 73.26GBP also includes CDW and supplemental insurance which I don’t really need but nonetheless would make the UK price even better. Now I will see how fast those miles post.

I also tried to book 1/19/2018-1/21/2018 MSY. The US price is $68 total. The UK price is 68.12 GBP. The price difference is $26. I suppose that’s still OK if 6000 miles will post. That’s a big if. I would rather just book on US site and see if the 6000 miles will still post.

I took part in similar promotions with Aeroplan. I booked all my reservations on Avis app and still got bonus miles.

Alex
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Alex

Al, did your January miles post?

I’m seeing prices on the UK site quite a bit lower than the US site actually.

AWD for Virgin Red members is Z333300.

Al
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Al

You can have more than 81 rentals without being concurrent. A rental of 1 day and 2 hours would count as 2 days. This is what you could do:

Rental 1: 1/19/2018 6am – 1/20/2018 8am
Rental 2: 1/20/2018 8am – 1/21/2018 10am
Rental 3: 1/21/2018 10am – 1/22/2018 12pm

You get the idea …

Basically you can book a 2 day rental for every 26 hours. 163*24/26=150 rentals. That’s close to 1 million miles if it all works out…

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Cathy
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Cathy

Does this deal apply to Australia?

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[…] Frequent Miler did some math and figured out that you could earn as many as 486,000 Flying Club miles. As he mentions, that number of miles would be enough for four first class round trip tickets on ANA. I highly suggest reading through the comments of his post. A reader realized you could actually earn closer to one million Flying Club points if you make your reservations just right. […]

Dave
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Dave

Just had 500 miles credit to my Virgin Atlantic account for a rental from 1/29 but no bonus. Anyone know if the bonus points typically post separately (later)?

Jason
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Jason

I made three 2-day rentals. They all were credited only 500 miles each. I made the reservation directly from Avis website not through the Flying Club page. I don’t know if that makes a difference.

Al
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Al

I just made a reservation on Flying Club page. The rate seems to be much lower than avis.com. I thought It should haven’t the other way round. I booked a midsize for 2 days at LAX 2/27-3/1. This is what I got:

Rental price: 60.58 GBP (about $85) Your quote includes: Local Tax (TAX) Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) Additional Liability Insurance (ALI) Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) Unlimited Mileage

The Avis US site has the following: Base Rate $80.00 Mileage: Unlimited Rental Options $0.00 Fees & Taxes $37.69 Estimated Total $ 117.69.

So for $85 I even got full coverage insurance. But on the US site, I’d pay $117.69 without insurance (not that I need it). Of course, since I booked on the official site for the promotion, I’ll get 6000 miles one way or the other.

Has anyone come across favorable rates on FlyClub site? Or what I got is a “glitch”.

Al
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Al

Well, even better, I decided to use Avis prepay option which brought down the total price to 55 GBP. But unlike my previous prepay option on avis.com, this time I actually received a prepaid voucher and they charged my credit card only $72- that’s below market currency conversion (55.08 x1.41 = $77.66.

The prepaid voucher states:
Rental Location Los Angeles, International Airport, 9217 Airport Boulevard Date of Issue 16 FEBRUARY 2018 Date/Time of Rental 27 February 2018 15:00 Date/Time of Return 1 March 2018 15:00 Car Group Group C (eg Chevrolet Cruze) Amount 55.08 GBP Credit Card Code CM Credit Card No. XXXXXXXXXXXX8002
Voucher includes Local Tax (TAX) Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) Additional Liability Insurance (ALI) Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) Unlimited Mileage.

That’s pretty damn good for a two weekday rental with full coverage. Avis.com would charge me $110 without coverage. I still think this is some kind of “mistake” rate. But I believe the wording in this voucher makes my rate ironclad.

Also it just occurs to me that if someone does need insurance coverage, it would be more cost effective to book through a foreign airline which usually quote the rate with insurance included.

Eric English
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Eric English

The terms say the reservation must be completed before June 1st.

But when I try to book a car for end of March it says “Sorry, reservations for more than 27 days are not available on the offer you have selected. Please try an alternative Special Offer. We apologise for this inconvenience. (GB-GB-E0038)”

Which is unfortunate. I have earned over 42K Virgin Atlantic miles since this came out.

Al
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Al

Did you already receive 42K miles? If so, how fast were those miles posted? Thanks!

Alex
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Alex

Does the receipt for the reservation in the US come in USD or GBP?

Alex
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Alex

Also notice the cancellation policy:

You may cancel your booking free of charge at any time before the reservation date and time shown in your booking. However if you do not cancel your booking and fail to collect your vehicle within 24 hours of the pick up time, a fee of €40, £40 or 60CHF* will apply. (*depending on the country of rental and exclusive of any applicable VAT). Please see the full booking terms and conditions at http://www.avis.co.uk for full details of the cancellation policy.

Alex
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Alex

I only made one reservation. Price was good, insurance included (although I’m not sure how insurance would play out, the deal seems to be targeted towards Brits).

Anyway, I just checked and 6500 points posted to Virgin Atlantic!