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.

This 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

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 USD1 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.

After 12 rentals or USD2,400 in equivalent spend, you’ll reach Hertz Five Star status. In addition to the Gold benefits, you also get:

  • Wider selection of Ultimate Choice vehicles.
  • Earn 1.25 points per USD1 spent.
  • Transfer Hertz points to select partners.
  • After fifteen rentals, enjoy President’s Circle status for a day.
  • Car upgrades as available.

After 20 rentals or USD4,000 in qualifying spend, you’ll enjoy Hertz President’s Circle status which has a few more perks than before:

  • Widest selection of Ultimate Choice vehicles
  • Earn 1.5 points per USD1 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.

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.

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.

Free daily rental (1-4 days)700 Hertz points per day
Free weekly rental (5-7 days)3,500 Hertz points per week
Speciality vehicles: two free days2,100 Hertz points
Speciality vehicles one free week5,250 Hertz 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 24 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.

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

Asia Miles Hertz

Occasionally, Asia Miles has promotions where you can earn up to six times the usual amount of miles for specific Hertz bookings.

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.

Hertz 2000 bonus Krisflyer Miles

One of KrisFlyer’s latest promotions with Hertz was a bonus 1,500 KrisFlyer miles for car rentals outside of Asia for five days or more, bringing your total haul to 2,000 KrisFlyer miles.

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 $74 one-day hire and a longer $1,187 seven-day hire, both with or without top-tier status.

Scenario 1: $74 (USD50) 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: $1,187 (USD800) 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 is not spectacular in any case, they would definitely be useful to build up your balances in the long run.

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.

There are some other uses of Hertz points such as redeeming them on the Hertz Rewards store for experiences. It’s also possible to transfer Hertz Rewards Points to Marriott (600 Hertz Points = 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) and some US-based airlines (600 Hertz Points = 500 airline miles). These include American Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines and Air Canada.

But 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).

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program was last modified: January 20th, 2020 by Evin Tan Khiew