Rent a car with Avis or Budget in Australia or New Zealand before the end of February and you’ll pick up some extra points and a possible upgrade.
In this guide, we explore earn rates, the best booking channels, how to get cashback on car rentals, and a bonus for small business owners.
Current offer: Earn 1000 Qantas Points and a free upgrade on a rental car with Avis or Budget
Hire a car in Australia or New Zealand for three days or more before 28 February and you’ll earn 1000 bonus Qantas Points into your account and a free car upgrade (subject to availability).
- the regular 4 points per $1 plus 1000 bonus points in Australia
- the regular 700 points per rental plus 1000 bonus points in New Zealand
A couple of important notes:
- the free upgrade is valid on Group A – Economy through to Group E – Full Size car rentals to a maximum Group P Full Size Elite (Australia)/Intermediate 4WD (New Zealand)
- the eligible rental period is three days or more
- must be booked through qantas.com/cars, i.e. you cannot use the Cashrewards or Qantas Business Rewards routes explained later in this guide
- coupon number UPNA001 must be included in the booking
Offer details and full terms and conditions are available here.
Velocity is also offering double Velocity points and a free upgrade with Hertz on bookings made by 28 February for rentals until 31 March.
Which companies can I earn Qantas Points with?
Avis and Budget are the exclusive car rental partners of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, even though Qantas do advertise discounts on their site for rentals with Hertz and Thrifty. It is only the former two that will earn you Qantas Points, however.
How much can I earn?
Regardless of whether you book directly with Avis or Budget or indirectly through Qantas Frequent Flyer, you will earn 4 Qantas Points per dollar spent on time and kilometre charges in Australia and 700 Qantas Points per rental overseas.
|Points earn in Australia||4 Qantas points per $||4 Qantas points per $|
|Points earn overseas||700 Qantas points per rental||700 Qantas points per rental|
|CashRewards||Bonus 5.6% cashback||Bonus 5.6% cashback|
My dummy test bookings between the Qantas website and booking directly through Avis or Budget showed less than a 20-cent difference in prices.
In terms of eligibility, earning Qantas Points on Avis and Budget car rentals made directly through them or through Qantas simply requires you to be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
This is a welcome breath of fresh air from the usually cumbersome terms and conditions that are generally found in many points-earning activities.
How do I make a points-earning booking?
You can earn Qantas Points by directly booking through either Avis or Budget, or by booking indirectly through the Qantas site. All three involve a simple process.
Through the Avis website
At the booking details screen, simply scroll down to ‘Earn Frequent Flyer Points/Miles’, select ‘Qantas Frequent Flyer’ from the partner list and enter your account number.
Through the Budget website
The process for Budget is similar to that of Avis.
At the Budget home page, click on ‘I am a Frequent Flyer or flybuys member’, select ‘Qantas Frequent Flyer’ from the drop-down menu and input your account details.
Through the Qantas website
To book through Qantas, head straight to the Qantas website, scroll over the tab ‘Book’ and click on ‘Cars’.
Once you enter your particular booking details, you are presented with a list of cars. At that point, make sure to go to the ‘Sort by’ drop-down menu at the top left-hand corner of the page and select ‘Frequent Flyer Partner’.
This filters results by placing Avis and Budget results at the top of the screen and clearly highlights the number of Qantas Points per dollar spent you’ll be earning on your rental.
Through third-party providers
However, a word of caution: these sites generally have vague wording when it comes to earning Qantas Points, such as ‘available on selected rentals’ or are completely silent on the topic, so make sure to read any fine print before finalising your booking.
Due to the breadth of third-party providers, I did not make pricing comparisons between these sites but would be interested to know readers’ experiences in regards to pricing.
Maximise value tip 1: start with Cashrewards
While the above booking methods provide identical perks in relation to earning Qantas points, both Avis and Budget are program partners of Cashrewards, which provide a 5.6% cashback on any Avis or Budget rental made through their site.
In this respect, clicking through to the Avis or Budget website from the Cashrewards landing page will yield you a discount, which is not available by going through the Qantas site directly.
Maximise points tip 2: bonus for small business owners
For readers holding active ABNs, make sure to book your Avis and Budget rentals in Australia through the Qantas Business Rewards site.
In addition to earning 4 points per dollar for your personal frequent flyer account, you can also earn an additional 4 points per dollar into your Business Rewards account, which can be transferred to your personal Qantas account at a later date. Unfortunately, this does not extend to overseas rentals.
While this is a somewhat limited choice given the number of available car rental providers, the good news is that there are many distribution channels available that will allow you to earn Qantas Points without any exclusions, as well as letting you shop around for the best deal.
Make sure to maximise value by booking through Cashrewards or Qantas Business Rewards.