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Hertz points are a very valuable currency to have, though they are a bit less valuable than they were before they changed their award chart a few months ago. Still, if you are lucky enough to have Hertz points, they can be extremely useful when you need to reserve a car somewhere that has very high rates. We are starting to run a bit low on Hertz points due to a combination of not that many great Hertz promotions recently, and fewer rentals my husband has had to make for work.
However, we have a ski trip coming up where renting an SUV was pretty pricey. Sadly, we didn’t have enough Hertz points to cover the whole rental, but we had enough to cover a few of the days. In playing around with the website, I learned that you can essentially combine cash and points to secure a rental by just using points for a few of the rental days.
We’re running even lower on points now, but I have just enough left to show you how this might work. Say you want to rent a SUV during ski season out of Denver. You can rent a basic car and try and upgrade on-site for a lesser surcharge, but if you absolutely need to guarantee that you will have a SUV, then you need to bite the bullet and reserve that type of vehicle. This means potentially shelling out big money. On this weekend I picked, SUVs are about $100 per night. They are considered a “specialty vehicle” so they require 825 Hertz points for a weekend day, or 1,000 points for a non-weekend day (though they will also sell them to you at that price on the weekend, so be careful).
If you didn’t have enough points to cover the whole weekend, you can still make the rental much less painful by using points for at least one of the nights. To do this select use points box on the main search screen. You can also use your different codes and coupons as you normally would.
Then after you select your desired type of vehicle, on the “Review and Book” screen you can select which points option you want to use from the drop-down box.
In this example I used 825 points for one of the days, and that dropped the price significantly as I was left only having to pay for one day out of pocket.
I wish I had enough Hertz points stashed away to cover all of my expensive rentals, but since I don’t have an endless supply of points, sometimes I can just cover part of the rental with points. I’m very glad Hertz has that as an option!