Hertz has one of the most comprehensive car rental loyalty programs – Gold Plus Rewards. It has a few status levels, plenty of redemption options and multiple airline partners. It’s also possible to earn frequent flyer points on your booking instead of Hertz rewards points.

It was previously possible to convert Gold Plus Rewards points for frequent flyer miles in selected programs, but this feature has been suspended since October 2020. Our guide will help you decide what points or miles to earn on your next car rental with Hertz.

The basics of Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

1. Gold Status

It’s free to sign up for a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account, and you automatically start at the base-level Gold status. Doing so grants you a few useful perks:

  • Ultimate Choice, where you pick any available car in the lot, within your membership tier level. This could mean you get a better car than what you booked
  • Earn 1 point per US$1 spent
  • Ability to use points for rentals and rewards.
  • Free additional driver (spouse or partner in the US only)
  • After seven rentals, enjoy Five Star status for a day

2. Five Star Status

After 10 rentals or US$2,000 in equivalent spend, you’ll reach Hertz Five Star status. This is a reduced threshold for 2021 in light of COVID-19 (usually 12 rentals or US$2,400). In addition to the Gold benefits, you also get:

  • Wider selection of Ultimate Choice vehicles.
  • Earn 1.25 points per US$1 spent.
  • After fifteen rentals, enjoy President’s Circle status for a day.
  • Car upgrades as available.

3. President’s Club Status

After 15 rentals or US$3,000 in equivalent spend, you’ll reach Hertz President’s Circle status. This is a reduced threshold for 2021 in light of COVID-19 (usually 20 rentals or US$4,000). In addition to the Five Star benefits, you also enjoy:

  • Widest selection of Ultimate Choice vehicles
  • Earn 1.5 points per US$1 spent.
  • Guaranteed car upgrades
  • Dedicated Hertz Rewards line

There is also an invite-only Hertz Platinum status, but no information about that tier is published on Hertz’s website.

Getting Hertz elite status for free

Velocity Gold and Platinum members can also nominate a one-off match to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star or President’s Circle status respectively, which would help with getting upgrades and better service when renting with Hertz. The American Express Platinum Card also offers complimentary Five Star status for as long as you hold the charge card.

Using Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points

Hertz rewards points can be redeemed for car hire. It’s hard to put a value on Hertz points as it depends on how much cash you’re saving by redeeming points. It’s also crucial to note that only the base rate is covered by points. You still need to pay for all the fees and surcharges.

Here are some of the rates required for a Standard Reward in Australia, which is limited in capacity compared to AnyDay Rewards. The whole list is available through the link above.

Rental typeStandard RewardsAnyDay Rewards
Free daily rental (1-4 days)700 points per day1,400 points per day
Free weekly rental (7 days)3,500 points per week7,000 points per week
Speciality vehicles (2 days)2,100 points4,200 points
Speciality vehicles (1 week)5,250 points10,500 points

Specialty vehicles include categories Premium, People Mover, Prestige, Adrenaline & Dream (excluding the Audi R8).

Hertz Rewards Points don’t expire as long as you earn or redeem points with eligible activities at least once every 18 months.

Earning frequent flyer points instead of Hertz Rewards Points

Hertz has arrangements with many airlines worldwide to earn frequent flyer points on your rentals instead of Hertz Points. We’ll cover a few of the major airlines below.

Virgin Australia

Velocity members can earn bonus Velocity points on Hertz rentals. Within Australia and New Zealand, that starts at 3 points per AUD $1 spent, with tier bonuses up to double points for Platinum frequent flyers.

Hertz Bonus Points

Everywhere else, a flat rate of 800 Velocity Points to 1,600 Velocity Points is offered per booking, which could be a great deal if you had multiple cheap and short car rentals.

Cathay Pacific

Asia Miles and Marco Polo Club members of any tier can clock up 500 Asia Miles on eligible leisure rentals outside of Asia. Leisure rentals within Asia, as well as work/government rate rentals worldwide, earn 250 Asia Miles.

Hertz Offers Asia Miles
Asia Miles also has bonus offers with Hertz occasionally.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and PPS Club members can similarly earn 500 KrisFlyer Miles on eligible leisure rentals outside of Asia. Leisure rentals within Asia, as well as work/government rate rentals worldwide, earn 250 KrisFlyer Miles.

Members can also earn 2 KrisFlyer Miles per 1 USD spent on eligible chauffeur-drive services through Hertz in Asia, including airport pickups and half/full-day chauffeur services.

KrisFlyer Hertz offer

PPS Club and Solitaire PPS members can status match to Hertz Five Star and President’s Circle status respectively.

Emirates Skywards

Similar to Velocity, Emirates Skywards offers members points per dollar spent depending on the member’s Skywards tier. These rates apply to eligible rentals worldwide.

Skywards Blue starts with 2 Skywards Miles per 1 USD spent, Silver earns 2.5 miles, Gold earns 3.0 miles while Platinum members earn 3.5 Skywards Miles for each 1 USD.

Alaska Airlines

Another favourite of Point Hacks readers, the ever-versatile Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earns miles with Hertz rentals.

Hertz Alaska Miles

Bookings of 1-4 days will earn 50 miles per rental day (up to 200 miles maximum). Rentals of 5 days and more earn a flat 500 miles in total, although this can be as high as 2,000 miles when there is a 4x miles promotion on.

Comparing Hertz Rewards Points and frequent flyer points

We’ll compare the approximate value of points or miles earned in two scenarios – a cheap A$74 one-day hire and a longer A$1,068 seven-day hire, both with or without top-tier status.

Scenario 1: A$74 (US$50) one-day hire in Australia

 Local currencyPoints/miles earned (no status)Points/miles earned (top-tier status*)
Hertz RewardsUSD5050 points75 points
Velocity Frequent Flyer$74222 points444 points
Asia MilesN/A (flat-rate)500 Asia Miles500 Asia Miles
KrisFlyerN/A (flat-rate)500 KF Miles500 KF Miles
SkywardsUSD50100 miles175 miles
Alaska Mileage PlanN/A (flat-rate)50 miles50 miles

Scenario 2: A$1,068 (US$800) seven-day hire in Australia

 Local currencyPoints/miles earned (no status)Points/miles earned (top-tier status*)
Hertz RewardsUSD800800 points1,200 points
Velocity Frequent Flyer$1,1873,561 points7,122 points
Asia MilesN/A (flat-rate)500 Asia Miles500 Asia Miles
KrisFlyerN/A (flat-rate)500 KF miles500 KF miles
SkywardsUSD8001,600 miles2,800 miles
Alaska Mileage PlanN/A (flat-rate)500 miles500 miles

*Top tier status assumes Hertz President’s Circle, Velocity Platinum or Skywards Platinum.

In addition to status, specific program promotions might also boost your earnings to even more than usual. Here are the main points to note:

  • It’s only worth earning Hertz Rewards points if you frequently rent cars, especially where work is paying. If it’s a one-off rental for a holiday, you probably won’t get any use from Hertz rewards points as you need USD700 in eligible spend to get just one free rental day.
  • For shorter and lower-cost bookings, it’s best to credit to a frequent flyer program that has a flat rate, such as Asia Miles or Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. These both earn 500 miles for rentals outside of Asia (e.g. in Australia), regardless of the cost.
  • For longer and more expensive bookings, it’s best to consider a ‘points per dollar spent’ model, such as Emirates Skywards (worldwide) or Velocity (Australia and NZ). Both these programs offer big boosts to their top-tier frequent flyers as well.

Summing Up

While the number of frequent flyer points and miles earned with Hertz is not spectacular in any case, it’s definitely useful to build up your points balances in the long run, especially if you hire cars every so often.

For people who infrequently rent cars, having some frequent flyer points added to your existing balance is better than earning a small number of Hertz Rewards points in yet another loyalty program, which also has a very high earn requirement before getting your first reward.

For Australian readers, the tie-up between Hertz and Velocity (Virgin Australia) is probably your best bet, followed by Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) and KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines).

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Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program was last modified: July 13th, 2021 by Evin Tan Khiew
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program was last modified: July 13th, 2021 by Evin Tan Khiew