Car rental firm Avis Budget Group and British Airways have signed a multi-year global partnership agreement with an option to bring the budget brand into the portfolio during the agreement.
As part of the 15-year deal users of BA.com can make an Avis reservation either as a stand alone car reservation, by adding vehicle rental to an existing flight booking, or by reserving a flight plus car package holiday.
The extended partnership also gives business travellers the ability to rent on their Avis corporate account and earn three Avios [loyalty points] per £1 spent with the car rental firm.
There is now a new minimum award of 700 Avios for rentals of at least three days and 500 Avios for rentals of one or two days.
Larry De Shon, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Avis Budget Group, said: “The recent opening of the Avis car rental location at Heathrow Terminal 5, British Airways’ flagship terminal, is just one of the many ways that we have worked hard to tailor our products and services to the needs of this important partnership.
“We look forward to many more partnership innovations and continued incremental rentals over the coming years.”
British Airways Holidays managing director Claire Bentley said: “To be extending our long-standing relationship with Avis gives our customers continued access to premium products and services, as well as competitively priced car hire and fly-drive holidays worldwide.
“The fact that, during the lifetime of the agreement, we have the option of bringing the Budget brand into our ancillary portfolio also makes this announcement great news for our customers.”