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Today (Tuesday May 20th) the Daily Getaway Deals brings us Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points up for sale, and this one has some real savings potential! I did a summary of the first week of deals here, and while I don’t plan to post a reminder before every single deal the way I have in years past, I do plan to post reminders the night before (or sometimes morning of) some of the deals that might be of more interest to the miles and points community than others.
In case you are new to the Daily Getaways, they are daily deals for the next five weeks on discounted hotel stays, discounted points purchases, car rental deals, and more. Some of the deals are better than others, and since you are shelling out real money make sure you have plans for the deals your purchase. The travel packages are provided by U.S. Travel Association, in cooperation American Express. To get an additional 10% off savings you must pay with an American Express card. Daily Getaways are only open to those who are US residents ages 18 and up (though some packages are for 21+). Here is a link to some tips for successfully purchasing these limited quantity deals.
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points:
Just like with the Wyndham points from yesterday, this deal is marketed as things like a one week rental, when in reality it is just a bundle of points that you can use however you wish for Hertz rentals.
- 5,500 points deposited to your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account – $280 (45 available) 4.6 cents per point with 10% discount
- 13,200 points deposited to your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account – $475 (35 available) 3.2 cents per point with 10% discount
- 16,500 points deposited to your Herts Gold Plus Rewards account – $775 (50 available) 4.2 cents per point with 10% discount
No more than one set of points purchased through this offer are allowed per Hertz member number. A maximum of three sets of points is allowed per Hertz member number across all Hertz offers. (I think that means you can buy one of each package, though given the quantities available that probably would be impossible). Points do not expire as long as member has any Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® program activity in the prior 24 months. Minimum age for this offer is twenty-five (25) (exceptions apply).
Buy or no buy:
The prices for these sets of points are similar to last year, though the Hertz award chart has devalued some since then (though with lots of advance notice). It is worth noting that the 13,200 point package is a fair bit lower in terms of price per point than the other two, but with only 35 available on that one (and 130 all-in) this one really is a lottery as much as anything.
Hertz has AnyDay Rewards are not subject to any blackout periods and may be used during the most busy travel periods, and Standard Rewards that are in theory available during all but the most busy travel periods and require less points to redeem than AnyDay Rewards. Free weekend days start at 550 points. A free weekday rental day on a standard award is 675 points, and on an AnyDay reward it is double at 1,300 points. A specialty vehicle (like an SUV) weekend day rental is 850 points for standard rate and 1,650 points on an AnyDay rate. You can view the full rate sheet here.
Also note that Hertz points can be transferred to a spouse or domestic partner, which is good for families. I have gotten big value out of Hertz points (here and here), and am currently trying to use them for a trip to Alaska where car rental rates are $150+ per night for our dates. Sadly, those are also only AnyDay rates with Hertz, but even at 1,100 points for a weekend rental per day that is the equivalent of about $40ish bucks per day when buying points at these rates, depending on exactly which package you get.
I’m a buyer at these prices, but that’s only in theory since the number of packages is so low (plus I now have an obligation at lunch that may make buying impossible – argh!). I have had very good success with Hertz points, and buying these points would result in real savings for my family when car rental prices are just too high. This will be one where there is more demand than available packages, so try not to be too disappointed if you try for a package and aren’t able to actually get one. To give yourself a fighting chance, check out the purchase tips below.
General Daily Getaway Purchase Tips:
- Start refreshing the Daily Getaways page obsessively starting 1-2 minutes before “go-time” at 1PM Eastern.
- Recruit a friend or partner to do the same on another computer.
- If applicable, have your rewards program number nearby (for points purchases).
- Have your credit card nearby (preferably an Amex card for the 10% discount).
- Select different packages by clicking on the images on the right of the screen.
- Don’t get greedy – maybe go for a lesser package and don’t try to do tons at once (unless you are okay being left on the sideline if it doesn’t work).
- If it doesn’t work at first, keep trying as those who don’t check out with the package in their cart will have that package re-released for sale. Until it actually says “sold out”, it isn’t.
- Be patient – just consider this a game of sorts. You will probably not get everything you want.
- Cross your fingers!
Will you be trying for Hertz points? If so, good luck!