Hertz Gold Plus Rewards & Hertz Points

Hertz Program Details

Everything you need to know about Hertz Gold Plus Rewards including earning points, Hertz Points value, membership benefits, and travel partners.


Hertz is an American car rental company that is based out of Estero, Florida. They have over 10,000 locations across more than 150 countries. Hertz is the second largest US car rental company (by sales, locations, and fleet size) and they own both Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental.

Hertz Gold Rewards Plus is the loyalty program of Hertz. Joining the program allows you to earn Hertz Points which can be redeemed for free rentals. As you move up in status, you'll also receive other benefits including complimentary car upgrades, free trials for CLEAR Membership, and other exclusive perks and rewards. If you plan on renting directly with Hertz, I recommend signing up for their rewards program.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

How To Earn Hertz Points

Hertz Points are earned by booking car rentals directly with Hertz via hertz.com, the Hertz mobile app, or over the phone using the Hertz reservations line. Booking your rental through a third party such as Expedia.com or CarRentals.com will typically not earn you Hertz Points.

When you book your rental directly with Hertz, you will earn a certain amount of Hertz Points per $1 spent based on your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Membership Level. Hertz Gold Members will earn 1 point per $1, Hertz Five Star members will earn 1.25 points per $1, and Hertz President's Circle members will earn 1.5 points per $1. While the bonuses don't seem all that grand, Hertz points have very high value which means the savings earned from these boosts will add up fast.

Hertz Points Earning Calculator

The Hertz Points Earning Calculator will calculate how many Hertz Points you can earn per $1 spent based on your Hertz Membership Level. You can enter any amount of Hertz Points in the calculator.

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 Points Value & Redemptions

Hertz Points can be redeemed for free rentals with Hertz which gives your points a wide range of 2.5 to 5 cents in value. Rentals with Hertz are split up into Standard Rewards and AnyDay Rewards.

Hertz Standard & AnyDay Rewards

Hertz Standard Rewards starts at 750 Hertz Points per day. With Standard Rewards, you can book any days at a Hertz location that is not a blackout date which are considered to be Hertz "peak dates".

Hertz AnyDay Rewards starts at 1,500 Hertz Points per day. AnyDay Rewards can be booked during "peak dates" with Hertz meaning no blackout dates will apply. Peak dates are by location. Hertz has a Find AnyDay Rewards Dates tool that can be used to see the Peak Dates for any given Hertz location.

Cancellations & Hertz Points

If you book a reservation using Hertz Points and you cancel it within 24 hours of booking, all Hertz Points will be returned to your account. If you book a reservation and cancel it more than 24 hours before pick-up time, the following points will be forfeited:

  • Gold Member: 50%
  • Five Star Member: 25%
  • President's Circle Member: 0%

If you do not cancel your reservation prior to pick-up time and the vehicle is not picked up on the rental day, all points will be forfeited regardless of your membership level in the program.

hertz peak dates detroit michigan 2020
Peak Times can be a few days or a few months with Hertz.

Hertz Points Value Calculator

The Hertz Points Value Calculator will calculate the average cash value of your Hertz Points and list out how many rental days you are eligible for based on the redemption rates.

Hertz Points Value Calculator
Points
Free Rentals
3 cents - 10+ cents
$0 - $0
Rental Days
Standard Rentals
750 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Specialty Vehicles
1,500 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Hertz Adrenaline Collection
2,200 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Hertz Prestige Collection
2,500 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Weekly Rentals
Standard Rentals
3,750 Points
0 Free Rental Weeks
Specialty Vehicles
7,500 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Hertz Adrenaline Collection
11,000 Points
0 Free Rental Days
Hertz Prestige Collection
12,500 Points
0 Free Rental Days
One-Way Rentals
Standard Rentals
1,500 Points
0 Free Rental Day
Standard Rentals
7,500 Points
0 Free Rental Weeks

Hertz Daily Rentals

Hertz daily rentals are day-to-day rentals. These rentals have a max of up to 4 rental days (otherwise it's considered a weekly rental). Daily rentals start at 750 points per day for Standard Rewards for standard vehicles. It's very easy to get great value out of daily, standard rentals. When booking standard rentals, be sure to maximize the standard car class. Why get an Economy when you can get a car from the Premium class and pay the same price?

For example, I could book anything between an Economy and Premium vehicle for around $90 to $100 per day (before taxes). At 750 points for a standard redemption, that's gives my Hertz Points a value of around 12-13 cent per point.

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Hertz Rentals from Detroit Airport during off-peak times.

Looking at July, which is what Hertz considers to be 'peak time' for Detroit airport, the cash cost of the vehicles are about the same but it will cost double the points since you'll have to book an AnyDay Reward. This cuts the value of the points in half down to 6 cents per point which is still nice, but I personally wouldn't want to pay double the points for the same rental. I recommend that you avoid AnyDay Rewards whenever possible.

Hertz Weekly Rentals

Weekly rentals with Hertz are considered to be rentals that are 5 days or longer and they start at 3,750 Hertz Points per week for standard rentals. In order to get the best value out of weekly rentals, you'll want to try to get as close to seven rental days as possible. This is because a 5-, 6-, and 7-day rentals will generally cost you the same amount of points or cash.

For example, booking a car from DTW for 5-days in mid-august would cost me $86.72 per day which comes out to be $433.60 (before taxes).

dtw hertz 5 day rental

Booking that same rental for 7-days would cost me $61.94 per day which comes out to be the same $433.58 (before taxes).

dtw hertz 5 day rental

Since weekly rentals don't fluctuate in cost based on whether you pick 5, 6, or 7 days, I would get a value of 11.5 cents per Hertz Point out of this redemption regardless of how many days I choose for the weekly rental. You might as well get the most out of your points by going for the max of 7 days if you have the chance to.

Hertz One-Way Rentals

Hertz one-way rentals are rentals in which the pick-up location and drop-off location are different. These type of rentals can be on the expensive side depending on the distance between the two destinations and vehicle type. Hertz one-way rentals for Standard Rewards start at 1,500 Hertz Points per day. You can also book a one week one-way rental for 7,500 Hertz Points which can be a 5-, 6-, or 7-day rental.

Hertz Specialty Rentals

Hertz specialty class vehicles are luxury, midsize SUV, minivan and convertible types. Free weekend rental days for this class type starts at 1,500 Hertz Points per day for standard rentals and 7,500 Hertz Points per week for weekly rentals. These type of rentals will typically give you lower value than your standard redemptions, but it still offers good enough value if you want to splurge on a specialty vehicle.

hertz premium vehicle rentals
You'll have to dish out a lot of Hertz Points when booking specialty and Hertz Collection vehicles.

Hertz Adrenaline Collection Rentals

Hertz Adrenaline Collection vehicles will cost you 2,200 Hertz Points per day which is almost 3 times the redemption rate of Standard Vehicles in the Compact-Premium class. This class consists of high performance sports cars such as Mustang, Camaro, and Corvette. Redeeming your rewards for Adrenaline Collection rentals will not be the best use of Hertz Points in terms of maximizing your value, but you'll have a good time driving these vehicles.

Hertz Prestige Collection Rentals

Hertz Prestige Collection consists of high-end, luxury vehicles such as Mercedes, Infiniti, and Range Rover. Renting these vehicles start at 2,500 Hertz Points per day or 12,500 Hertz Points per week. You'll burn through a lot of points with these rentals and they will typically give your points the lowest value.

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Use your points to bid on an event.

Experiences and Events

Outside of car rentals, you can redeem your Hertz Points for experiences and events. This is done by either bidding for events using Hertz Points 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.

Hertz Membership Status Levels

Hertz Membership has a 3-tier rewards program which consists of Gold, Five Star, and President's Circle. Your Hertz Membership level is based on either total rentals with Hertz during the calendar year or how much money you've spent with Hertz during the calendar year.

hertz membership qualifications

As you move up in levels, you'll receive additional benefits when booking with Hertz as well as a few benefits with partners. Once you earn a certain level of status with Hertz, it will be good for the remainder of the year in which it was earned and all of the subsequent year.

Hertz Gold Member

Hertz Gold is the first membership level in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program. You'll become a Hertz Gold member when you sign up for an account. Even if you only plan on renting with Hertz a handful of times during the year, signing up can be worth it for the points and few benefits Gold offers.

Hertz Gold Member Benefits

  • Earn/Redeem Points
  • Ultimate Choice
  • 1 Month Free CLEAR Airport Trial
  • Free Additional Driver
  • Tier Benefit Experience

Earn and Redeem Hertz Points

As a Hertz Gold member, you'll be able to earn Hertz Points booking with Hertz and redeem those points for free rentals and other online rewards (when available).

Skip The Counter & eReturn

You will be able to Skip The Counter when renting cars with Hertz as a Hertz Gold member. 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.

You will also be able to electronically return your vehicle when you sign up for eReceipts. Between this and Skip The Counter, you can avoid lines with Hertz altogether.

Hertz Ultimate Choice

Hertz Ultimate Choice allows you to decide what you drive. When you book a midsize class vehicle or larger, you'll be given access to a range of vehicles based on your membership level. When you pick up your Hertz vehicle:

  1. Go to the car zone indicated on your reservation.
  2. Choose the card that you want.
  3. Get in and go.

Having access to the Ultimate Choice benefit just for signing up is a big plus to the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program.

Free CLEAR Airport Trial (1 Month)

Hertz and CLEAR are partnered together to bring you Hertz Fast Lane. As a Hertz Gold member, you will be able to enroll in a 1 month trial of CLEAR and use that to speed through the exit gate when booking at participating Hertz/CLEAR locations.

In order to take advantage of this benefit you'll need to:

  1. Have a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Account
  2. Enroll in your free CLEAR membership (trial)
  3. Link your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Account and CLEAR accounts.

As a member, you will also be able to purchase CLEAR at the preferred pricing of $129 per year. The normal price for CLEAR is $15 per month or $180 per year so this is a pretty solid discount. You can also get preferred pricing via Delta SkyMiles Medallion Status and with United MileagePlus Status.

Free Additional Driver

You'll be able to add your spouse or domestic partner as an additional driver for free when booking Hertz rentals as a Hertz Gold Plus member. This benefit alone can save you a few dollars if you typically share the wheel with your significant other.

Five Star Status For A Day

You'll be able to experience the benefits of Five Star Status for one day after you've completed seven qualifying rentals as a Hertz Gold member. This gives you 1-day access to a few additional benefits such as bonus points, upgrades, and a wider selection when using the Hertz Ultimate Choice benefit.

Hertz Five Star Status

Hertz Five Star Status is the second membership level in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program. It introduces bonus Hertz Points, car rental upgrades, and a wider selection of choices with the Hertz Ultimate Choice benefit.

How To Qualify For Five Star Status

You can obtain Hertz Five Star Status when you meet one of the following qualifications with Hertz during the calendar year:

  • 12 Rentals With Hertz
  • $2,400 Spent With Hertz

Along with qualifying for Hertz Five Star status directly renting with Hertz, you can also obtain Hertz Five Star status complimentary with elite status and credit cards from other rewards programs. This include, but is not limited to:

Hertz Five Star Benefits

  • Car Rental Upgrades
  • 25% Bonus Hertz Points
  • Hertz Ultimate Choice (Wider Selection)
  • 2 Months Free CLEAR Airport Trial
  • President's Circle Status For A Day

Car Rental Upgrades

As a Hertz Five Star member, you will receive a one-car-class upgrade when booking rentals directly with Hertz. This is subject to availability, to do note that this is not a guaranteed benefit.

25% Bonus Hertz Points

You will earn a 25% point bonus when booking rentals with Hertz as a Five Star member. This means you will earn a total of 1.25 Hertz Points per $1 spent. It's not a "big" bonus, but it still adds up overtime if you frequently spend money with Hertz.

Hertz Ultimate Choice (Wider Selection)

As a Hertz Five Star member, you'll have a wider selection of vehicles to choose. When picking up your Hertz rental, you'll be able to choose any vehicle in the Five Star section of the Hertz Ultimate Choice lot at no extra charge.

Free CLEAR Airport Trial (2 Month)

You'll receive 2 months of free CLEAR membership as a Hertz Five Star member. This membership will apply to Hertz Fast Lane (powered by CLEAR) as well as using CLEAR to get through TSA security lines in record timing.

President's Circle Status For A Day

You can experience the luxury of Hertz President's Circle Status for a day when you have completed 15 rentals as a Hertz Five Star member during the calendar year. This allows you to experience a boost in points, guaranteed car upgrade, and the widest selection of vehicles from the Hertz Ultimate Choice parking lot.

Hertz President's Circle Status

Hertz President's Circle status is the third and highest membership level in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program. It offers the highest point-earning rate, widest selection from the Hertz Ultimate Choice parking lot, and guaranteed car rental upgrades.

How To Qualify For President's Circle

You can qualify for Hertz President's Circle status be meeting one of the following requirements during the calendar year:

  • 20 Rentals With Hertz
  • $4,000 Spent With Hertz

Hertz President's Circle status can also be earned complimentary through elite status with other rewards programs. This includes, but is not limited to:

President's Circle Benefits

  • 50% Bonus Points
  • Guaranteed Car Rental Upgrades
  • Hertz Ultimate Choice (Widest Selection)
  • 4 Months Free CLEAR Airport Trial
  • Additional Exclusive Benefits & Rewards
  • Dedicated Hertz Rewards Line

50% Bonus Points

As a Hertz President's Circle member, you will earn the highest point bonus of 50% when spending with Hertz. This gives you a total of 1.5 Hertz Points per $1 spent which is a pretty good earning rate.

Guaranteed Car Rental Upgrades

When you book your car with Hertz, you'll receive a guaranteed one-car-class upgrade. This is not "based on availability" like the benefit offered to Five Star members.

Hertz Ultimate Choice (Widest Selection)

You'll receive the widest selection of vehicles from the Hertz Ultimate Choice lot as a Hertz President's Circle member. Next to the car rental upgrade, this is by far one of the best benefits of Hertz President's Circle based on which airport you're at (bigger airports tend to have more selections).

Free CLEAR Airport Trial (4 Month)

You'll receive 4 months of free CLEAR membership as a Hertz President's Circle member. This will apply to Hertz Fast Lane and at airports that have TSA checkpoints that feature CLEAR as an option.

Additional Exclusive Benefits & Awards

As a Hertz President's Circle member, you'll receive exclusive benefits and awards. This will be in the form of events, bonuses, and more. Most of this will come via email notification.

Dedicated Hertz Rewards Line

When you call in to the Hertz, you'll be sent to a dedicated Hertz Rewards Line for President's Circle members.

Hertz Valet

Hertz Valet is a terminal drive-back service available at participating locations. President's Circle members will be able to partake in Hertz Valet up to four times per year.

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.

The option to transfer Hertz Points is not currently available. Hertz removed it from their website in late March/early April.

Hertz Points Transfer Calculator

The Hertz Points Transfer Calculator will calculate the transfer of Hertz Points to Hertz's airline, hotel, and rail partners. You can enter any amount of Hertz Points to see how many points you would end up with in partnering programs when transferred.

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.

Transfer Hertz Points To Other Members

You can transfer your Hertz Points to a spouse or domestic partners who also has a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account living at the same address as you. In order to transfer, your spouse or domestic partner will need to have had at least on rental activity in the prior 18 months means a Gold Rewards Point was either earned or redeemed during that time frame. There's no limit to the amount of points you can transfer and no limit to the amount of times you can transfer to a member's account.

In order to transfer points, you will need to call the Hertz Rewards Desk (1-888-999-4900 [USA]) and ask for a transfer of points. You should see the transfer reflected with 24 hours. Hertz sales specialists can see the transfer instantly and can apply them to a future reservation if you need to book travel immediately after transferring points.

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.

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 using 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 Alaska Air 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 book directly through the Miles & More Hotels & Cars Portal or 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 Hertz Partners

There are a few other partners that allow you to earn rewards or save money 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.

AMEX Platinum Cards

American Express Platinum and American Express Business Platinum members receive a one-car class upgrade when renting an Intermediate through Full-Size car (based on availability) and a discount on base rates. Platinum Card members can use Hertz CDP# 211762 when booking.

Buying Hertz Points

Hertz Points can be purchased from the Hertz Website at a rate of $0.20 per point. You can buy as little as 50 Hertz Points for $10 and as many as 10,000 Hertz Points for $2,000. In order to buy Hertz Points, you must have at least 500 Hertz Points in your account. Buying Hertz Points requires you to print a form, fill it out, and fax it to them. This form is founded on the Purchase Points page which you can get to by clicking on your name after you've logged into your Hertz account.

Hertz Points are clearly nowhere near a value of 20 cents per point. I've been able to easily find redemptions that can give me a little over half that value, but nothing quite that high. Paying a few dollars to top off your account might be worth it, but buying lots of Hertz Points will more than likely be a bad idea unless you can redeem your points for more than 20 cents each.

Hertz Rental Car Insurance

Hertz offers their Collision Damage Waiver, also known as Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), to you when you rent cars with them. This insurance protects you from paying out of pocket if your rental is stolen, vandalized, or damaged in a crash. While this is great insurance to have, the cost per day can be quite expensive and can add a lot of extra cost to your rentals.

hertz loss damage waiver insurance
The cost per day can really add to your rental cost!

Luckily, there's several credit cards that offer Primary Car Rental Insurance. When you pay the full cost of your rental with a credit card that offers Primary Car Rental Insurance, you can decline the costly protection Hertz and other rental car agencies charge and still be covered. Depending on how often you rent cars, this can save you hundreds per year.

Earn Cash Back On Hertz Rentals

You can earn additional rewards on top of your Hertz Points when you use cash back and shopping portals. This is an easy way to triple dip on rewards and maximize your earnings when booking with Hertz and shopping online in general.

Cash back and shopping portals are pretty easy to understand and they all work the same.

  • Start at the cash back or shopping portal website
  • Find Hertz and click Shop to start a new session
  • You'll be taken to hertz.com to book your car rental as normal
  • Once you've booked and completed your Hertz rental, the cash back site will be notified
  • Cash back, miles, or points will be credited to your portal account
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When going through cash back and shopping portals, you'll end up earning rewards with the portal, rewards with the credit card you're using, and Hertz Rewards Points all on a single booking.

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I've earned lots of cash back using the Rakuten Rewards cash back portal alone.

I highly recommend reading up on using cash back portals for all travel and online shopping as it's helped me earn a significant amount of money in the past few years.

If you don't have an account with any of the leading cash back portals, you can help out the site and earn bonus cash back on your first purchases by signing up using the links below.

Hertz Gold Rewards Points FAQ

How much are Hertz Points worth?

Hertz Points are worth around 5 to 7 cents on average when redeemed for standard rental cars, but you can easily get more or less in value.

What's the best way to use Hertz Points?

The best way to redeem Hertz Points is for standard rentals which start at 750 Hertz Points per day.

How many Hertz Points do you need for a free rental?

Hertz Rentals start at 750 points for standard vehicles (compact-premium), 1,500 points for Specialty Rentals, 2,200 for Adrenaline Collection rentals, and 2,500 for Prestige Collection rentals.

Can you transfer Hertz Points to other rewards programs?

Yes you can, but the ability to transfer has been paused by Hertz as of March/April 2020.

Can you transfer Hertz Points to other Hertz members?

Yes. You can transfer Hertz Points to a spouse or domestic partner who is also a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member living at the same address as you.

How do you earn Hertz Points?

Hertz Points are earned renting cars with Hertz. You'll earn 1 Hertz Point per $1 spent with the chance to earn bonus points based on your Hertz Membership Status Level.

How many status levels are in the Hertz Gold Rewards program?

There are 3 levels which are Gold, Five Star, and President's Circle.

How do you get Hertz Five Star Gold status?

You can qualify for Hertz Five Star Gold after 12 rentals with Hertz or $2,400 in spend with Hertz during a calendar year. You can also obtain complimentary Five Star status with elite status and credit cards in other programs.

What are the benefits of Hertz Five Star Gold status?

Hertz Five Star status comes with benefits such as car rental upgrades, bonus hertz points, 2 months free of CLEAR, and more.

How do you get Hertz President's Circle status?

You can qualify for Hertz President's Circle Status after 20 rentals with Hertz or $4,000 in spend with Hertz during the calendar year. You can also get it complimentary with elite status and credit cards from other reward programs.

What are some benefits of Hertz President's Circle status?

Benefits of Hertz President's Circle status include the highest point earning rate, guaranteed car rental upgrades, the widest selection from the Hertz Ultimate Choice lot, and more.

What is Hertz Ultimate Choice?

Hertz Ultimate Choice allows you to decide what to drive. When you pick up your midsize class vehicle or larger, you'll be given access to a range of vehicles to choose from based on your membership status level.

What Hertz benefits do you receive as an AMEX Platinum Card member?

AMEX Platinum cardholders receive a one-car class upgrade when renting a car with Hertz and a discount on base rates. Cardmembers can use Hertz CDP# 211762 when booking.

Is there a fee for joining the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program?

No. The Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program is free to join.

Can I earn other rewards booking rentals with Hertz?

Yes. Many rewards programs allow you to book rental cars at Hertz via their portal. So you can earn Delta SkyMiles, Singapore KrisFlyer Miles, Southwest Points, and more booking rentals with Hertz.

What is Hertz Valet?

Hertz Valet is a terminal drive-back service available at participating locations. President's Circle members will be able to partake in Hertz Valet up to four times per year.


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