British Airways flight/ticket discount when you book a car (travel trick?) @ BritishAirways.com

TL;DR version: direct flights with BA (not Aer lingus, american airlines, etc.) booked from BA.com get discounts off the airplane ticket when booking a free car in the checkout process - must click "view all car goups". You don't even need to use/pick up the car.

I found a 'travel trick' I thought I'd share in case it's useful to anyone. Some may have heard of it, but it was new to me and I don't think everyone knows about it.

Ok, here we go

Long version:
I was looking for a flight to the US for a work conference, and had to stay below a certain budget. I tried flights.google.com and skyscanner, but both showed results from third party agencies with terrible trustpilot ratings and horror stories. Having been burned by a third party agency before, I decided I would only book directly with the carrier so that if I needed to make any changes I wouldn't be charged ridiculous fees.

I had to get from London to Portland or Seattle, and preferred a direct flight (not possible with Portland). When looking at my dates the cheapest offer was 872 quid. Clicking through the bookings pages, I saw "save $ when booking a car" and clicked "view all classes" (of car). Well it turns out that by doing that the ticket went down in price to 690 quid AND it came with a free car from Avis for 4 days. I needed a car anyway, so it worked out even better for me. All in all, I stayed in budget, and don't need to go out of pocket on anything.

Out of curiosity, I tried this "trick" on a few other routes, and it seems like as long as it's a direct flight through British Airways (not any of their partners) you can get a discount between 90-200 quid and you don't even need to use the car. You print out a voucher to use with Avis, so they don't have your reservation or credit card on file.

Ps you can also get avios points doing this, and I got bonus avios points for the car rental.

Hope it's helpful to someone! Best of luck

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Moved this over to misc, as it's more of an info post than a deal. Thanks for posting

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niceroundpound

Moved this over to misc, as it's more of an info post than a deal. Thanks … Moved this over to misc, as it's more of an info post than a deal. Thanks for posting


no prob! thanks

Great info, many thanks!

I recently booked to go to the states through ba and booked as package flights and car hire, much cheaper. The other bonus is you don't have to pay upfront if you do it this way (if you book early enough)

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Blonde.1986

I recently booked to go to the states through ba and booked as package … I recently booked to go to the states through ba and booked as package flights and car hire, much cheaper. The other bonus is you don't have to pay upfront if you do it this way (if you book early enough)


That's right! There was an offer to pay £150 non refundable deposit to hold the booking

Neat trick. Thanks!

Ty will have a mess about next time

Ta matey. Will keep this in mind for my next concorde adventure

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Also, quidco cash back! Can't believe I forgot about this

Awesome little trick, will use it sometime hopefully this year
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