Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program and Point Value [2019]

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program

Program Details and Point Value

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The Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program is the loyalty program of Hertz Rent-A-Car. Joining the program allows you to earn and redeem points. Progressing through the program gives you access to free upgrades, bonus points, and various benefits when renting with Hertz.

Earning Hertz Points

Hertz Points are earned booking rentals with Hertz Rent-A-Car. Members will earn a certain amount of points based on spend and status within the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program. This section will cover how Hertz Points are calculated and the benefits that come with their Gold Plus Rewards program.

Calculating Hertz Points

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members will earn points at a base rate of 1 point per $1 spent. As you continue to rent cars from Hertz, you will start making your way towards status. Earning elite status with Hertz can earn you up to a 50% bonus on points. This allows you to earn, at max, 1.5 Hertz Points per $1 spent which is a pretty nice 7.5% return. You can enter any amount of Hertz spend in the calculator below and it will calculate how many points you can earn when combined with Hertz Gold Plus Status.

Hertz Points Earning Chart
Hertz Spend
Hertz Gold Member
Base Earning
0 Hertz Points
Hertz Five Star Member
25% Bonus Points
0 Hertz Points
Hertz President's Circle
50% Bonus Points
1.5 Hertz Points

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status is based on the number of rentals you have with Hertz during a calendar year or how much you spend with Hertz during a calendar year. These bookings must be directly with Hertz or through a portal that allows you to enter your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership number to receive credit. Below are the different ways you can qualify for Hertz status and the benefits that come with each tier.

Hertz Gold Member

Hertz Gold status is earned by signing up for a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account. Since this is free, I recommend signing up if you plan on renting any cars with Hertz. Hertz Gold status comes with the following benefits:

Earn and Redeem Points

Signing up for a Hertz Gold account gives you the ability to earn and redeem Hertz Points. Hertz members will earn at a base rate of 1 point per $1 spent with Hertz. There are no blackout dates for redeeming Hertz Points.

Skip The Counter

All Hertz members will be able to Skip The Counter when renting cars with Hertz. This allows you to pick a car from the class you paid for and go. This benefit allow helps speed up the process and can get you on the road faster. Members will also be able to electronicly return their vehicle by signing up for eRecepits, thus avoiding lines altogether.

Free CLEAR Membership Trial

Hertz Gold members will receive 1 free month of CLEAR status. CLEAR allows you to skip to the front of the security line in select airports and various events at statiums such as ball games. CLEAR can also be used for to expedite access into the Delta SkyClub, power through the exit gate with Hertz Fast Lane, and more. The pricing for CLEAR is normally $179 per year, but Hertz Gold members (and Delta Skymiles Members) can get the preferred pricing rate of $129 per year saving $50. You can check out my take on having CLEAR along with Global Entry and TSA PreCheck.

Benefits of Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program.

Hertz Five Star

Hertz Five Star status is the second tier available in the Gold Plus Rewards program. It is obtained after meeting one of the following requirements:

Once you reach Hertz Five Star status, you will experience the perks of being a member along with the following benefits:

25% Bonus Points

Hertz Five Star members will earn a 25% bonus on points earned for a total of 1.25 points per $1 spent with Hertz.

Free CLEAR Membership Trial

Hertz Five Star members will be given a 2 month trial of CLEAR. This is one month longer than the membership offered to basic Hertz Gold members.

Transfer Hertz Points To Partners

Hertz Five Star members will be able to transfer Hertz Points to 10 travel partners. This is mostly at a 500:600 ratio with a few exceptions. Partners include Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Marriott Hotels, and more.

Upgrades

Hertz Five Star members will receive One-car-class upgrades at participating locations when available.

Hertz Ultimate Choice

Hertz Five Star members will be able to select any vehicle in the Five Star® section of the Hertz Ultimate Choice lot on the spot at no extra charge. No additional driver fee for a spouse or domestic partner in the United States.

Hertz President's Circle

Hertz President's Circle is the highest tier in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program. This status is obtained after meeting one of the following requirements:

Once you meet the requirement, you will obtain the perks of Hertz Five Star status along with a few additional benefits:

50% Bonus Points

Hertz President's Circle members will earn a 50% bonus on points earned for a total of 1.5 points per $1 spent with Hertz.

Free CLEAR Membership Trial

Hertz President's Circle members will be given the longest CLEAR trial of 4 months. This is double the length of membership offered to Hertz Five Star members. This is about a $43 value total and can save you a great deal of time.

Hertz Ultimate Choice

Hertz President's Circle members will be able to choose any vehicle in the President’s Circle section of the Hertz Ultimate Choice lot on the spot at no extra charge

Other Benefits

Hertz President's Circle members will have a dedicated call center line and have access to Hertz Valet. Hertz Valet is a terminal drive-back service available at participating locations. Members will be able to partake in Hertz Valet up to four times per year.

Hertz Points Cash Value

The table below will calculate the average cash value of your Hertz Points and the number of free days you can receive based on your type of rental. If you want the exact value of your points based on your rental, you can use the Points and Miles Cash Value Calculator to enter the cash cost and the cost in points.

Hertz Points Value Calculator
Points
Cash + Points
2.5 cents - 5 cents
$0 - $0
Free Daily Rentals (Compact-Premium)
675 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Free Weekly Rentals (Compact-Premium)
2,750 Points
0 Free Rental Weeks

Hertz Cash + Points Redemptions

Hertz Points can be redeemed towards a discount on your rental using Hertz Cash + Points. While reserving your rental car, you can checkmark the 'Use Hertz Points' box. This will give you the chance to apply your Hertz Points directly to your rental. The more points you use, the higher value of your points. Redemptions start at 200 Hertz points for a $5 discount. You can max out the value once you reach 600 points which will give you an excellent $30 off which is a value of 5 cents per point.

Use Hertz Cash + Points to easily get a value of up to 5 cents per point.

Redeem For Free Hertz Rentals

Hertz Points can be redeemed for free rental days. This is broken down into the length of the rental and car type. Typically, compact through premium class cars are the cheapest, specialty class vehicles (Luxury, MidSize SUV, Minivan and Convertible) sit in the middle, and prestige, adrenaline, and dream collection class vehicles are the most expensive. The rates for the compact through premium class vehicles apply to the Hertz Green Collection unless otherwise indicated.

Hertz Daily Rentals

Hertz daily rentals are day-to-day rentals. This rentals usually have a max of 4 days (otherwise it's considered a weekly rental). Compact through premium class cars will cost you 675 points per day and specialty class vehicle will cost you 1,000 points per day.

Hertz Daily Rental Rates

Hertz Weekly Rentals

Hertz weekly rentals can be useful for anyone needing a vehicle for more than 4 days. The max on these type of rentals is two weeks. These rentals typically provide a better rate than the day-by-day giving your points a little bit more value. Weekly rentals for compact through premium class cars will run you 2,750 Hertz points while specialty class will cost you 4,400. If you want to enjoy a hertz prestige or adrenaline class vehicle, you will have to dish out 11,500 per week.

Hertz Weekly Rental Rates

Hertz One-Way Rentals

Hertz one-way rentals will generally cost more points since you're not returning the car to it's originating location. This is only available for compact through premium class vehicles. Weekend rentals will start at 1,500 points per day or 7,500 for week by week rentals.

Hertz Specialty Rentals

Hertz specialty class vehicles are luxury, midsize SUV, minivan and convertible types. Free weekend rental days for this class type will cost you 825 points, weekends will cost 1,000 points, and weekly rentals (up to 2 weeks) will cost you 4,400 points.

Hertz Specialty Rental Rates

Hertz Collection Rentals

The most costly of the vehicle classes Hertz offers are the Dream Collection vehicles. These vehicles are split up into Tier I and Tier II classes. Tier I vehicles will cost you 5,000 points for a free day and 23,000 points for a weekly rental. Tier II is slightly more expensive at 6,000 points per day and 28,000 for a weekly rental.

Hertz Collection Rental Rates

Experiences and Events

Hertz Points can be redeemed for experiences and events. This is done by either bidding for events or purchasing tickets/access to an event at a set price. The value of these specific redemptions will solely depend on how much you value the actual events you're bidding for or purchasing.

Use your points to bid on an event.

Transfer Hertz Points To Partners

Hertz Points can be transferred to 10 different partners. Most of the airline transfers are at a 6:5 ratio meaning for every 6 Hertz Points you earn transfer, you will earn 5 airline miles. For the hotel partners, you can transfer at a 3:5 ratio giving you 5 hotel points for every 3 Hertz Points you transfer.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles can be tough to earn. Outside of flying Alaska Airlines and using their two co-branded Bank of America cards, your only other option is to transfer rewards directly to Alaska. For those who spend money at Hertz, you can get a solid transfer of 600 Hertz Points for 500 Alaska Miles. This requires at least $600 in spending at Hertz for a basic Hertz Gold Rewards member and $400 in spending for a President's Circle member.

American Airlines

Hertz Points transfer to American Airlines AAdvantage Miles at a 600:500 ratio. This can be an extra avenue to gain AAdvantage Miles outside of American's many hotel transfer partners. You can maximize your earnings using the Aviator Business Card or CitiBusiness Platinum Select Card to earn an additional 2 AAdvantage Miles per $1 spent on rental car spending.

Amtrak

Hertz Points can be transferred to Amtrak Guest Rewards at a 600:500 ratio. Amtrak points are generally worth 2 cents or more making this not too bad of a rate. You can maximize your earnings by using the Amtrak World Mastercard to earn an additional 2 Amtrak Points per $1 spent on purchases made with Hertz.

Delta Airlines

Hertz Points can be transferred to Delta Skymiles at a 600:500 ratio. Delta Skymiles are typically worth 1.2 cents each but can easily be worth as high as 2+ cents redeemed during their Flash Sales and for business/first class. This gives you an extra opportunity to earn some bonus miles.

Frontier Airlines

Hertz Points can be transferred to Frontier Miles at a 600:500 ratio. Frontier Miles are generally worth 1 cents each, but it is possible to get higher values of 1.5 cents or more.

IHG Hotels

Hertz Points can be transferred to IHG Points at a 600:1000 ratio. IHG Points are worth around 0.6 cents on average making this not the best transfer ratio. It could be useful if you're really close to a redemption.

Marriott Hotels

Hertz Points can be transferred to Marriott Bonvoy Points at a 600:1000 ratio. Marriott Bonvoy Points are averaged at around 0.7 cents per point, but redemptions can be worth a lot more with very little research. Marriott Bonvoy Points also transfer to tons of other airlines at a 3:1 ratio.

Southwest Airlines

Hertz Points can be transferred to Southwest Rapid Rewards Points at a 600:1200 ratio. Southwest Rapid Rewards points are worth around 1.4 cents each when redeemed for free flights. Southwest is most known for their free checked bags and popular companion pass.

Spirit Airlines

Hertz Points can be transferred to the FREE Spirit Miles program at a 600:500 ratio. FREE Spirit Miles are only worth around 0.4 cents each making this a bad route to take even if you're only trying to top off your account. There are several other ways you can earn Spirit Miles without heavily devaluing your Hertz Points.

United Airlines

Hertz Points can be transferred to United Miles at a 600:500 ratio. United Miles have an average value of 1.4 cents each when redeemed for award travel making this a solid transfer for anyone looking to top off their United Mileage Plus account.

Hertz Partners

Many programs allow you to earn airline miles, hotel loyalty points, and more when booking your Hertz rental through their portal. Some programs also give you complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status along with ways to earn additional points when booking Hertz rentals with special promotions. This page covers some of the main programs that allow you earn different rewards when booking with Hertz.

Airline Partners

Below is a list of Hertz Airline Partners that allow you to earn miles instead of Hertz Points. This can be useful for earning miles with your favorite frequent flyer programs. Earning additional miles will usually be by booking your car rental directly with the airline themselves. Do note that you may need your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards number for some rentals to determine the amount of miles you receive.

American Airlines

AAdvantage members can earn AAdvantage Miles renting with Hertz. Members will earn 1 AAdvantage Mile for every $1 USD spent at locations worldwide. You can also save additional money off the base price when using discount code CDP 217692. This can be booked through the Hertz-AA promo link.

Aeromexico Airlines

You can earn additional Aeromexico Miles when renting through Hertz. Renting with Hertz will earn you up to 1,000 Premier Points (1,600 Miles). This can be done on the Aeromexico website.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Mileage Plan members who book with Hertz can earn 50 miles per rental day on rentals of one to four days or 500 miles per rental on rentals of five or more days. Additional savings can be obtained when using discount number CDP 321739 when reserving your rental. Rentals can be done on the AlaskaAir website.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific members can earn Asia Miles booking rentals with Hertz. This can be done through the Asia Miles website.

Book rentals directly with airlines to earn extra miles instead of Hertz Points.

Delta Airlines

Delta Skymiles members can earn Delta Skymiles when booking a rental with Hertz. Basic Skymiles members will earn 500 miles per rental, Silver and Gold Medallion members will earn 1,000 miles per rental, and Platinum and Diamond Medallion members will earn 1,250 miles per rental. Gold Medallion members will be granted Hertz Five Star status while Platinum and Diamond Medallion members will receive President's Circle status with Hertz. Status with Hertz gives you car upgrades along with personalized and faster service. Bookings can be made directly on the Delta website.

Air France/KLM

Hertz and Flying Blue partner together to provide many benefits. Booking rentals with Hertz will earn 5 Flying Blue Miles per 1€ spent. Members will also receive up to 15% on all car groups in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the Netherlands, and 5% in other countries. Members with Flying Blue status will also be able to match it with their Hertz Gold Rewards to receive additional benefits such as upgrades, waived additional driver fees, and extra points. Bookings can be made using the Hertz-Flying Blue promo link.

Frontier Airlines

MyFrontier members can earn 2,000 Frontier Miles Per Rental with Hertz. This can be done through the Frontier website.

Korean Air

Korean Air SKYPASS members can earn 500 miles per qualifying rental. The Asian countries of Brueni, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand will only earn 250 miles per rental. You can book through the Hertz-SKYPASS promo link.

Lufthansa Airlines

Miles and More members can earn 500 miles per rental with Hertz Car Rental. You can quote your Miles & More card number when booking and present your Miles & More card when you pick up your vehicle. Miles are added once you return the Hertz rental.

Singapore Airlines

KrisFlyer members can earn 500 KrisFlyer miles for qualifying rentals outside Asia and 250 KrisFlyer miles for qualifying rentals within Asia. Be sure to use your KrisFlyer membership number, the respective Hertz CDP# to enjoy discounted rates, and book through the Hertz-KrisFlyer Link.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest members can earn additional Southwest Rapid Rewards Points when booking rentals with Hertz. Bookings will earn you 600 Southwest Points per rental. This can be done directly on the Southwest Website through their car rental portal.

Book rentals through Expedia and earn 2 Expedia Points per $1 spent.

Spirit Airlines

FREE Spirit Members can earn 50 miles per day with Hertz on 1 to 4 day rentals and 500 miles on rentals of 5 days or more. Members can also save on everyday rentals using Hertz discount code (CDP) '488789' and your Free Spirit membership number.

United Airlines

United Mileage Plus Club and United Mileage Plus Club Business cardholders receive Hertz President's Circle status which is Hertz's highest tier and comes with benefits such as 50% bonus points and more.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Members can earn 1,000 Flying Club Miles when booking leisure rentals and 500 Flying Club miles on Corporate rentals. Members will also receive up to 10% off at locations worldwide. This can be done through the Hertz-Virgin Atlantic Promo Link.

Hertz Hotel Partners

Hotel loyalty points can be earned instead of Hertz Points when staying at certain chains. Below is a list of hotels that allow you to earn additional points with their program when you book your Hertz rental through their portal. Programs that give you special privileges with Hertz are also listed.

AccorHotels

Le Club AccorHotels members that book their rental with Hertz will 3 points per $1 spent. Members will also save 10% with each booking.

IHG Hotels

IHG Spire Elite members will receive exclusive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star status. This status includes one-car-class upgrades, a 25% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points and bonus points after 15 qualifying rentals.

Marriott Hotels

Marriott Bonvoy members can earn up to 3,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points when renting cars with Hertz. Booking Hertz through Marriott will also get you a discount off the base price of the rental. This is a value of about $21 when you use the average value of 0.7 cents per Marriott Bonvoy Point.

Other Partners

There are a few other partners that allow you to earn rewards with their specific program when booking rentals with Hertz.

Amtrak

Amtrak Guest Rewards members can book rentals with Hertz and earn 50 Amtrak Points per day. Members can also receive special pricing when using CDP 1229959.

Expedia

Expedia members that rent with Hertz can earn 2 Expedia Points per $1 spent. Expedia Points are generally worth 0.7 cents each meaning you will get a 1.4% return. Expedia Points are also worth double the value when you apply it toward certain VIP hotels giving you a 2.8% return.


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