South_Africa_3At Avis we have teamed up with KLM to give you the chance to WIN a dream holiday to South Africa. We are giving away a pair of flights, one weeks car hire and other exciting goodies!

The prize includes everything you need to make that trip to South Africa extra special:

  • 1 pair of KLM tickets to Cape Town from any UK KLM departure airport.
  • Free car rental, 7 days in Cape Town or Johannesburg – Group F (Audi A4 or similar)
  • GPS Satellite Navigation
  • Digital camera
  • 2000 South African Rand spending money

Find out more.

So make sure you enter before midnight on 31st August 2010 to be in with a chance of winning.

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Following our successful roll out of the Avis Home Delivery Service to West London, I am pleased to announce that we have extended the service across North and South London, enabling us to offer Home Delivery throughout the area of London.

We can now deliver hire cars to areas including; Chelsea, Kensington, Chiswick, Ealing, Finchley, Golders Green, Acton, Chingford, Barnet, Marylebone, Islington, Abbeywood, Bethnal Green, Greenwich, Woolwich, Crystal Palace, Stretham, Wimbledon and Penge, to name a few.

Reservations can now be taken for Delivery across London and these can be made via our website, through our central reservations team on 0844 581 8181 or direct at our local Avis branch.

It would be good to hear your views on our Home Delivery Service and the roll-out of the service across London.

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At Avis we like to keep car hire easy and simple. So we are excited to introduce our NEW iPhone application which will enable you to book your Avis car rental on the move.

We have based the Avis iPhone application development around speed, simplicity and ease.

Your booking can be made in just 2 minutes and all you need to do is:

  • Select your location, dates and vehicle group.
  • Enter personal details.
  • Accept terms and conditions.
  • Then confirm.

This fast and simple booking process has a few time saving functions:


  • 3 way location search
  • Easy to use date selector
  • Google maps function for accurate directions
  • Full selection of Avis fleet quick and easy to select
  • Pre-saved details (personal details only needed for the first booking)
  • Reservation details saved on your phone for easy access
  • Dedicated Avis contact detail if you require any support
  • Location details including opening times

The application has been made to help improve user experience by making the booking process simpler and faster. So download it today and try it for yourself.

Download the Avis iPhone application

View a step by step booking process

Once you have downloaded the Avis iPhone application we would love to get your feedback.

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Edinburgh_imageFor most of us, August Bank Holiday weekend marks the end of the summer as the last Bank Holiday before Christmas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. So to help you make the most of it, we’ve put together five of the best Bank Holiday events up and down the country for you to explore with Avis Rent a Car.

Renting a car from Avis makes sense for so many reasons. For a start, you’ll keep the miles down on your own car, preserving its value. Plus you get the chance to treat yourself by hiring a luxury car from our prestige range, so you and your family can travel in style. Alternatively, why not hire a people carrier and bring everyone along to make it a real family day. With a rental car from Avis, you’ll enjoy the convenience of driving door to door, and stopping wherever you want along the way to see the sights. Whichever car you choose, we’re sure you’ll have a great weekend.

Here are our five top spots for a Bank Holiday Weekend to remember:

1. England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceaux Castle, East Sussex, 29-31 August
England’s Medieval Festival is Britain’s largest three day celebration of the Middle ages and includes a morning siege and afternoon battle for Herstmonceux Castle involving 1,000 knights, bowmen and men-at-arms, plus a Grand Parade of knights, lords, ladies, jousting competitions, fire-eating, falconry displays and medieval puppeteers with 12-foot stick puppets. A historic day to remember. Find Herstmonceux Castle off the A271 north east of Eastbourne in the heart of Sussex.

2. Notting Hill Carnival, Central London Monday 30th August
This spectacular event is well worth the drive from almost anywhere in the UK. Park and ride as you reach the London Underground network and you’ll be whisked into the heart of the colourful carnival atmosphere of Europe’s biggest street festival. The Notting Hill Carnival attracts over a million people every year along the 20-mile parade route packed with party music and classic Caribbean food stalls.

3. Knebworth Classic Motor Show, Hertfordshire, 30-31 August
If you think Avis have an extensive range of cars, that’s nothing compared to the Knebworth Classic Motor Show. On Bank Holiday weekend, over 2,000 gleaming classic and vintage cars come together to celebrate the best in motoring. And don’t worry there’s something for all the family with a large adventure playground, Dinosaur Trail and miniature railway for the kids and delightful formal gardens. Find Knebworth just off the A1(M) J7

4. Matthew Street Music Festival 29-30 August
Liverpool offers two days of free fun over the bank holiday weekend, with the Matthew Street Music Festival to rival Notting Hill in the capital. Offering over 80 hours of live outdoor music from over 95 cover bands, original bands and the hottest new bands, it’s a feast of free music on six huge stages across the city centre, with something for every musical taste in the home of the Beatles.

5. Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe
Most events claim to have something for everyone, but few can back that up as much as the world famous Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. From classical music to contemporary theatre, outrageous comedy to stunning circus style acts, it is a cultural event like no other and has to be experienced at least once. Wherever you’re travelling from it’s a trip worth making!

Avis think of everything
It’s not just our cars that make hiring from Avis so easy; it’s all the extra attention to detail too. We’ve thought of everything to make your trip go smoothly, from SatNav to a second driver, baby and child seats to home delivery, leaving you free to concentrate on enjoying a brilliant Bank Holiday trip.

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