Aer Lingus has forged a new car rental partnership with the Avis Budget Group

Vehicles will be available to book via the Irish flag carrier’s website.

The airline’s AerClub loyalty scheme members can collect Avios points on car hire purchases together with a dedicated reservation line, a free additional driver and payment flexibility.

Aer Lingus passengers will collect three Avios per €1 spent with Avis and two Avios per €1 spent with Budget. Customers can also pay for car rental using Avios.

Avis Budget Group international sales and partnerships director Julia Kemp said: “Our new agreement with Aer Lingus is an exciting development and further expands our exclusive partnership with International Airlines Group.

“It’s also a step forward in aligning mobility services in the travel industry and an example of how we are always looking for new and innovate ways to streamline and improve our services to customers, making the rental process stress-free and convenient.

“This partnership helps contribute to these aims and we hope customers enjoy the benefits of the partnership.”