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I love it when the elite status I have with one program can be leveraged into benefits with another program. Now those with elite status with United Airlines can use that to get extra miles and elite benefits when renting with Hertz.
Beginning November 1st, those with United elite status or cardholders of the United Club Card or Presidential Plus Club cards will be eligible for the following perks on Hertz rentals:
- 1,250 miles – MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members;
- 1,000 miles – MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members;
- 750 miles – Primary cardmembers of MileagePlus credit cards from Chase; or
- 500 miles – MileagePlus general members.
Those who reserve car rentals before Nov. 1st will accrue the higher level of benefits available if they pick up their vehicle on or after Nov. 1st. The United.com website also says you’ll also be able to book with Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty using award miles on united.com beginning November 1st.
Additionally, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members and primary MileagePlus Club and Presidential Plus Card members may sign up for complimentary Hertz President’s Circle status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, with benefits that include:
- Confirmed vehicle availability of Standard Equipment Economy through Full-Size 4 door vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with a minimum 48 hour advance reservation.
- Confirmed vehicle one-car-class upgrade available at all participating locations in the U.S., Canada and select European locations. Maximum upgrade is to a Full-Size class vehicle with a minimum reserved Compact vehicle.
- 25% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® Points.
- 675 Rewards Points after every 15 qualifying rentals.
MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members may sign up for complimentary Hertz Five Star status, which includes one-car-class upgrades, based on availability.
With one exception, we have on the whole been relatively pleased with Hertz, and being able to hop up to President’s Circle status via my United 1K status without having to meet the threshold of 20 rentals that is normally required is pretty interesting. The perks aren’t as generous as with some rental car programs where you get to pick any vehicle on the lot, but confirmed upgrades are always nice when traveling with the family.
What do you think of the new Hertz and United partnership?