Your Complete Guide To The Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program

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Hertz Gold Plus Rewards is Hertz’s loyalty program, which is like a frequent flyer program for rental cars. It’s free to join and you can use it to earn free car rentals.

This guide explains what you need to know about earning and using points and making the most out of your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Benefits

Joining the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program is free and can offer some great benefits. You can earn 1 point per dollar and redeem your rewards for car rentals. Any type of car rental can be booked with rewards, including one-way rentals and luxury vehicles from the Prestige and Green collections.

Hertz Gold Rewards Plus Loyalty Program
The Hertz Gold Plus Rewards earns rewards points for car rentals.

The benefits you get when you join the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program include:

  • Free membership with no annual fee
  • Counter-free pickup at select locations
  • No point expiration as long as you have earned or redeemed points through rental activity within the previous 24 months
  • Mobile alerts with your exact rental car and its location before you arrive
  • Members-only cars with enhanced features from Hertz Ultimate Choice
  • Drop and go car return with eReturn
  • Free points transfer to a spouse or domestic partner who is also a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member and permanently resides at the same address
  • Pay no additional driver fee for a spouse or domestic partner in the U.S.
  • Members’ only discounts
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Vehicle Options
You can use your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points on many different classes of vehicles, including Prestige and Adrenaline vehicles.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status Levels

Five Star Status

In order to achieve Hertz Five Star status, you need to meet one of the following criteria in a 12 month period.

  • 7-19 rentals
  • $1,500-$3,999 spent

Once you have achieved Five Star status you will enjoy the following benefits in addition to all of the standard Hertz Gold Plus Rewards benefits:

  • One car-class upgrade to a full-size class vehicle (only at participating locations and subject to availability)
  • 675 Gold Plus Rewards Points added to your account after every 15 qualifying rentals (based on a calendar year)
  • 10% bonus on Gold Plus Rewards Points on all qualified rentals
  • Expedited vehicle pick-up at over 1,000 locations worldwide
  • Freedom to choose a different vehicle on the spot at no extra charge with Hertz Gold Choice

President’s Circle Status

You need to meet one of the following criteria in a 12 month period to achieve Hertz President’s Circle status:

  • 20 or more rentals
  • At least $4,000 spent

While this might sound like a status level that will offer great benefits, it’s largely the same as Five Star status. The only difference that comes with President’s Circle status is a 25% bonus on Gold Plus Rewards Points (on all qualified rentals) instead of a 10% bonus. As far as elite status goes, this one is pretty bland.

Bottom Line: Hertz offers 2 elite levels of membership: Five Star and President’s Circle. Status can be earned through the number of rentals, dollars spent, or through Delta Airlines status, United Airlines status, and select United co-branded credit cards.

How To Earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Elite Status Without Renting A Car

Earn Hertz Status Through Delta Airlines Status

You can earn complimentary Hertz status based on your Delta Medallion status.

Delta Medallion StatusComplimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status
Delta Gold Medallion statusFive Star status
Delta Platinum Medallion statusPresident’s Circle status
Delta Diamond Medallion statusPresident’s Circle status

Earn Hertz Status Through United Airlines Status

Earn Hertz elite status based on your United Airlines MileagePlus Status.

United MileagePlus StatusComplimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status
MileagePlus Premier silver StatusFive Star status
MileagePlus Premier Gold statusFive Star status
MileagePlus Premier Platinum status or higherPresident’s Circle status

Earn Hertz Status Through United Airlines Co-Branded Credit Cards

You can also earn Hertz President’s Circle status through select United co-branded credit cards. Keep in mind that the status earned through a United credit card is for the primary cardholder only.

United Airlines Credit CardComplimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status
United MileagePlus Club Card primary cardholderPresident’s Circle status
United MileagePlus Presidential Plus℠ Card primary cardholderPresident’s Circle status

Hot Tip: If you hold the invitation-only Centurion Card from American Express  you will receive Hertz Platinum status.

Earn Hertz Status Through Hotel Status

If you are a member of Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and have Platinum Elite status in either program, you are eligible for Hertz elite status. Click here to register for a status match. Your new status can take up to 5 days to become effective.

In addition, you will receive complimentary Five Star status if you are have Spire Elite status with IHG.

Marriott Rewards Elite Status LevelStarwood Preferred Guest Elite Status LevelIHG Rewards Club Elite Status
Complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status
Platinum ElitePlatinumSpire EliteFive Star status
Platinum Premier ElitePlatinum with ambassadorPresident’s Circle status

 

Earn Status and Benefits Through American Express Platinum Cards

If you have The Platinum Card® from American Express, you might have seen the car rental privileges section offering complimentary memberships in Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, and National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive. This can be a little misleading as far as Hertz membership is concerned.

While the complimentary membership sounds nice, membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards is free to anyone, so the membership itself isn’t much of a perk. There are, however, some nice benefits you can receive by booking your Hertz rental using your Platinum Card from American Express.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Benefits Offered Through The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express offers a few benefits to its members that could be useful when renting a car through Hertz. These benefits are also available through The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.

  • Get a 10% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points earned through rentals
  • Get a free car-class upgrade (based on availability)
  • Enjoy a four-hour grace period on rental returns in the U.S. This only applies to time and mileage charges and won’t include any optional charges like car seats, navigation systems, or insurance.
  • Get special rates only available for cardholders (at select locations worldwide).

You must be enrolled in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and use code CDP #211762 when making your reservation to take advantage of these benefits. Your Platinum Card® from American Express must be used as payment for your reservation (or payment for taxes and fees on free rental redemptions).

Hertz benefits from the Platinum Card From American Express
The Platinum Card From American Express offers benefits and discounts in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program.

Earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status Through Status Match

While The Platinum Card® from American Express doesn’t offer any direct elite status with Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, you can get status through their tier status matching program. You will need to join National’s Emerald Club Executive program through your American Express card to take advantage of the matching program.

Once you are a member of the Emerald Club Executive program from National, you will need to submit a status match form to Hertz. The status match form can be found here. After the process is complete, you should receive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star status.

How To Earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points

Rent a Car

You will earn 1 point for every qualifying dollar spent on your Hertz rental anywhere in the world. In addition to earning points on the base price of your rental, you will also earn points on extra charges including:

  • Hertz NeverLost®
  • SiriusXM®
  • Gas
  • Insurance options
  • Additional mileage charges
  • Car seat charges

Purchase Points

Purchasing points can occasionally be a good idea, but should only be done with a very specific redemption in mind. Hertz points are available for 20 cents each with a minimum 50-point purchase.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points are not worth 20 cents each, but a purchase could make sense if you just need a small number of points to make a redemption. You must have at least 500 rewards points in your account to purchase points, and you can’t purchase more than 10,000 rewards points in a single calendar year.

Log in to your account to purchase points. Click on “My Account” in the upper right-hand corner, then select “Rewards account activity” in the drop-down box. Select “Points Purchase” from the menu. You will see instructions on how to fill out the request form to fax in. It’s not an easy process to purchase points, so be sure it makes sense for your situation before proceeding.

How To Purchase Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points
You can purchase Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for 20 cents each.

How To Use Your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points

Rental Car Reservations

Use your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards on a reservation by logging into your account and selecting “rent a car” on the top left-hand side of the website. Fill out your destination, pick up and drop off dates and times, and choose the car type you want. Underneath the “car rental type” selection box, you will see where you can check the box that says “Use my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points.”

How To Use Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points

Hot Tip: For all rentals in North America using points, a 24-hour advanced reservation is required.

Once you hit “submit,” you will see a list of available cars and prices. However, you won’t be able to see any points yet. This can be confusing, but hang in there and continue with the booking process. Once you get to the “Review & Book” step, you will be able to see your options to use your points.

At the top of the page in a yellow outlined area, you will be able to see all of your options for using your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points. Depending on how many points you have and the cost of the rental in points, you can choose to use points for 1, 2, 3 or more days. You will notice that the cash total will change depending on how much of the rental you plan to pay for with points.

How To Use Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points
You can use your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for your entire reservation or just part of it.

Pay attention the number of days you are renting. When searching for a 2-day rental, there is still an option to use 3 days’ worth of points, which would waste an entire days’ worth of points if you’re not careful.

Hot Tip: A weekend day rental using your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points starts at just 550 points.

Rentals start at 550 points for a weekend day and can vary based on car type, location, and length of rental. For a full list of rental prices in points, click here. Otherwise, these are the basics:

Length of RentalStandard Rewards Pricing in PointsAnyDay Rewards Pricing in Points
1 free rental day6751,350
1 free rental day (one-way)1,3252,650
1 free weekly rental2,7505,500
1 free weekend rental day5501,100
1 free weekend rental day (one-way)1,1002,200

Taxes and Fees

Even if you are paying for your entire car rental with points, you will still be required to pay all taxes and fees. When you are considering which credit card to use to pay for your the taxes and fees on an award rental (or for the entire rental if you aren’t using points), don’t forget to choose a card that earns multiple points per dollar on car rentals.

These cards will earn 2x points/$1 spent at any Hertz location on top of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points you will earn:

Earn 3x points/$1 spent on your Hertz car rental with these cards:

Standard Rewards vs. AnyDay Rewards

Standard Rewards cost fewer points than AnyDay Rewards but are subject to blackout dates. If you want to rent during times like holidays, local events, or during a high demand season, you might have to use AnyDay Rewards, which don’t have blackout dates. Blackout dates vary by location.

For a full list of 2018 blackout dates, click here.

Hot Tip:The credit card you use to pay for your rental must be included in your profile in order to receive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards benefits.

Where Can I Use My Points?

While Hertz has locations worldwide, there is a short list of countries where you can redeem rewards. There are many other countries where you can earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points, but these are the only ones in which you can use those points for car rentals:

  • United States (including Puerto Rico and St. Thomas USVI)
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands

Transfer Your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points

Transfer Your Points To Travel Partners

You can also transfer your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards to select hotel and airline partners. To get started, click on “My Account” in the top right and corner of the home page then select “Use my points”. Then click on “Exchange my points” on the right-hand side of the page. Choose your traveler program, input your membership number for that program plus your Hertz Gold Plus member number, then hit “submit”.

How To Transfer Hertz Gold Rewards Points

Your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points will transfer to the following partners:

Points can take up to 8 weeks to appear in your account.

Bottom Line: Your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points will transfer to 10 airline, train, and hotel partners.

Transfer Points To Your Spouse

You can transfer your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points to your spouse or domestic partner for free as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Your spouse or partner must be a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member
  • They must permanently reside at the same address

There is no limit on the number of points you can transfer to your spouse.

Final Thoughts

The Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program is free to join and offers many benefits.

Whether you are an infrequent renter or a seasoned traveler, you will enjoy benefits like being able to skip the counter to go directly to your car and not having to pay extra to add your spouse or domestic partner as a second driver. You can use your points for free car rental days, or transfer them to hotel, airline, and train partners. And while elite status is available, this is a good program even for infrequent car renters as many of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards benefits are offered to all members.

FAQ

Can I buy Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points?

Yes, you can purchase Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for 20 cents each. Access the required forms through the website by selecting My Account>Rewards Account Activity>Purchase Points.

Where Can I Find My Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Number?

You can find your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards number through their website. Log in to your account and click on “My Account” in the upper right-hand side of the screen. Then select “Membership Information/T&C” or “Membership Information/Print My Card”. Then under “Terms and Conditions” select “Print My Card” from the menu. This will bring up a digital member card with your name and member number on it.

How Do I Add My Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Member Number To My Reservation?

As long as you are logged into your account, you member number will automatically be linked with your reservations.

Can I Still Earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points On A Past Reservation?

Yes, as long as the reservation was completed while you were already a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member and it hasn’t been more than 6 months since the rental was returned.

To request retroactive credit log into your account and click on “My Account” on the top right-hand side of the screen. Select “Use My Points” from the drop-down menu, then click on “Missing Points Request”. Only points earned in the following countries are eligible for retroactive credit: United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and St.Thomas /US Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

How Can I Get Hertz Gold Plus Rewards For Free?

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program is free to all that sign up. Just go to Hertz.com to join.

Where Can I Find Members' Only Discounts?

Hertz offers some members’ only discounts to all Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members. Click here to access these discounts.

How Does Hertz Gold Canopy Work?

Hertz’s Gold Canopy service is available at select airports and can be a big time saver. The basic idea is that you get to skip the counter and go directly to your rental car. Your name will be on a large reservations board that indicates your car’s parking spot number. Just head straight to your car without having to check in first.

I Have Questions About My Membership. How Can I Contact Hertz?

For all questions about your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, you can contact Hertz directly at 888-999-4900 (7 a.m.-9 p.m. CT M-F).

How Do I Add An Additional Driver To My Reservation?

As a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member, your spouse, domestic partner, or co-worker is automatically considered an authorized user, so there is no need to add them to your reservation. If the person you would like to add is not a spouse, domestic partner or co-worker they will need to fill out an Additional Authorized Operator agreement at a Hertz location at an additional charge.

How Do I Sign Up For Hertz Gold Plus Rewards?

Joining Hertz Gold Plus Rewards is easy. Just click here to sign up online in minutes.

What Are Mobile Gold Alerts?

Mobile Gold alerts are emails sent to let you know what car you will be driving and where it is parked as soon as it’s ready. This service is only available at select locations in the United States.

When Will My Points Expire?

Your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points will not expire as long as you have earned or redeemed points through rental activity within the previous 24 months.

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6 comments

  1. Afam-dfw · May 12, 2018 · Reply

    Amex Centurion cards provide Platinum Hertz rewards rather than President Circle.

  2. K Johnson · July 4, 2018 · Reply

    Thanks for the info. Two things: 1) Delta Silver doesn’t match to Hertz Five Star status (I just tried to match on Delta’s site and failed). 2) IHG Spire status matches to Five Star.

  3. The President’s Circle is actually GREAT at certain, generally large airports. They have Corvettes, Caddys, Mercedes and other nice cars there.

    • Katie Seemann · July 16, 2018 · Reply

      That’s great to hear, Larry…sounds like some great car options.

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