Earn Double Gold Plus Rewards Points from Hertz
The rental-car companies' own loyalty programs tend to be relegated to back-burner status in the mileage-earning endeavors of most travelers.
Promotions like this, from Hertz, are reminders that the car companies' programs can provide solid value.
Through August 22, members of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program can earn double points when renting a mid-sized or larger car for five or more days.
The bonus is valid for rentals at airport locations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Cite promotion code 199172 when booking.
Deal or No Deal
The key feature of this promotion is not the double points themselves but the fact that the double points are in Hertz's own program. They're not airline miles or hotel points, in other words.
In the Gold Plus Rewards program, members normally earn one point per $1 spent on Hertz rentals. With the bonus, then, a hypothetical five-day rental costing $400 would earn 800 points.
On the award side of the Hertz program, prices for a free weekend day start at 550 points, a free weekday rental starts at 675 points, and a free weekly rental (5 - 7 days) starts at 2,750 points.
So in our example, the five-day paid rental would generate more than enough points for a free one-day rental, effectively a rebate of 20-plus percent. That's very likely a significantly better value than you'd get from earning airline miles or hotel points for a Hertz rental, even if there were bonuses in place.
Bottom line: If you're not already a member of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, maybe you should be.
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.