ADVERTORIAL • October 2015
For a limited time, Executive Club Members can collect an extra 1,000 Avios when renting a car with Avis. The hardest decision is where to go. To give you some inspiration, here are five of The Club’s most epic drives
There’s nothing better than a road trip. From cruising along a coastal road, to exploring lush countryside, or opening up on the US freeway – putting pedal to the metal is the best way to see more of a destination.
And what could be better than earning Avios while your drive? Reserve and rent a car before 30 November and, as an Executive Club Member, you can collect an extra 1,000 Avios when renting a car (group C or above) with Avis for a minimum of three days*. That’s on top of the 700 Avios minimum you would usually receive.
Plus, if you have a British Airways credit card, you can collect a further 250 Avios when you use it to pay for your rental.
So where should you go to make the most of this offer? We look back at some of our most epic drives, as recommended by celebrity petrol heads.
Pacific Coast Highway, USA
Says who? Former model and racing enthusiast, Jodie Kidd
“There are few roads quite as synonymous with road trips as this one. I hired a hefty American cruiser – a 1950s Buick LeSabre. It was a giggle, because the car was so over the top. I drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco over three days, through really stunning scenery. If you haven’t been, then it’s definitely one for the bucket list.”
Davos to Fluela Pass, Switzerland
Says who? Racing driver and former Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins
“An epic drive, especially if you have a helicopter tracking your progress and giving you the ‘all clear’ around every hairpin and cliff-top sweeper. I was filming Top Gear, and that was one of the perks. The never-ending sequence of corners savages the brakes and tenderises your kidneys as you crunch and swoop towards the Alpine horizon. In summer, however, the roads are teeming with cyclists.”
Rome to Brescia, Italy
Says who? Model and petrol head, David Gandy
“I co-drove this leg of the famous Mille Miglia road race with Yasmin Le Bon in a 1950’s Jaguar. This event couldn’t exist anywhere other than Italy. It’s utter madness at times, but as much about the passion of the locals as anything else. The weather was terrible on the first day, but there were hundreds of people lining the route, still cheering after midnight.”
Chapman’s Peak Drive from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, South Africa
Says who? BBC F1 presenter, Suzi Perry
“I love this route’s spectacular views of the Atlantic coastline near Cape Town. If you come from Noordhoek Bay through Hout Bay you get an almost 180-degree view of the sea. The road has more than 100 curves, which can seem quite hazardous, especially when there’s screed coming down the mountain. Yet the stunning views make up for it.”
Bealach na Bà, Scotland
Says who? TV presenter and motorcycling adventurer, Charley Boorman
This historic mountain pass on the west coast of Scotland boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626m. It’s a single-track mountain road with sharp turns that switch back and forth up the hillsides, ending in the wildly beautiful Applecross peninsula, where you’ll find the Applecross Inn – perfect for lunch.”
*Terms and conditions apply. 1,000 bonus Avios awarded on rentals of minimum 3 days rental length, minimum car group C, reserved and rented between 1 October and 30 November2015, booked on ba.com, avisba.com or with the British Airways call centre. Rentals booked using Avios or Avios and Money do not qualify for the bonus. Visit avisba.com for full terms and conditions.