Fewer Points For a Hertz Gold Plus Reward? Not So Fast…

When I recently received an e-mail message from Hertz — whose title was Brian, Now Fewer Points can Get you a Reward — I was curious to open it to see…

Fewer Points For a Hertz Gold Plus Reward? Not So Fast…

…but what I subsequently read somewhat disappointed me. The fewer points were only for discounts on rewards and not for actual rental car days, as shown in the chart below:

Use Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points for Discounts Standard Rewards or AnyDay Rewards
$5.00 discount
200 Gold Plus Rewards Points
$7.50 discount
300 Gold Plus Rewards Points
$12.00 discount
400 Gold Plus Rewards Points
$20.00 discount
500 Gold Plus Rewards Points
$30.00 discount
600 Gold Plus Rewards Points

As a comparison, here is a complete list of the rewards for which you can redeem your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards frequent renter loyalty program points if the destination of your car rental is in the United States:

Daily Rentals
Standard Rewards
AnyDay Rewards
1 Free Rental Day 
2 Free Rental Days 
3 Free Rental Days 
4 Free Rentals Days 
1 Free Rental Day – One-Way 
2 Free Rental Days – One-Way 
3 Free Rental Days – One-Way 
4 Free Rental Days – One-Way 
Specialty Vehicles 1 Free Rental Day 
Specialty Vehicles 2 Free Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 3 Free Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 4 Free Rental Days 
Weekly Rentals
1 Free Weekly Rental 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days 
1 Free Weekly Rental – One Way 
Specialty Vehicles Free Weekly Rental 
Specialty Vehicles 2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days 
1 Free Weekly Rental – Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicles 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days – Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicles 
1 Free Weekly Rental – Hertz Adrenaline Collection Vehicles 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days – Hertz Adrenaline Vehicles 
1 Free Weekly Rental – Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days – Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles 
Weekend Rentals
1 Free Weekend Rental Day 
2 Free Weekend Rental Days 
3 Free Weekend Rental Days 
1 Free Weekend Rental (up to 4 Days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental Day – One-Way 
2 Free Weekend Rental Days – One-Way 
1 Free Weekend Rental – One Way (Maximum 4 Days) 
Specialty Vehicles 1 Free Weekend Rental Day 
Specialty Vehicles 2 Free Weekend Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 3 Free Weekend Rental Day 
Specialty Vehicles 4 Free Weekend Rental Days 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicle (2 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicle (up to 4 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Adrenaline Collection Vehicle (2 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Adrenaline Vehicle (up to 4 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles (2 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles (up to 4 days) 
One Way Rentals
1 Free Rental Day – One-Way 
2 Free Rental Days – One-Way 
3 Free Rental Days – One-Way 
4 Free Rental Days – One-Way 
1 Free Weekend Rental Day – One-Way 
2 Free Weekend Rental Days – One-Way 
1 Free Weekend Rental – One Way (Maximum 4 Days) 
1 Free Weekly Rental – One Way 
Specialty Cars
Specialty Vehicles 1 Free Rental Day 
Specialty Vehicles 2 Free Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 3 Free Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 4 Free Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 1 Free Weekend Rental Day 
Specialty Vehicles 2 Free Weekend Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles 3 Free Weekend Rental Day 
Specialty Vehicles 4 Free Weekend Rental Days 
Specialty Vehicles Free Weekly Rental 
Specialty Vehicles 2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days 
Collection Cars
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicle (2 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicle (up to 4 days) 
1 Free Weekly Rental – Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicles 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days – Hertz Prestige Collection Vehicles 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Adrenaline Collection Vehicle (2 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Adrenaline Vehicle (up to 4 days) 
1 Free Weekly Rental – Hertz Adrenaline Collection Vehicles 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days – Hertz Adrenaline Vehicles 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles (2 days) 
1 Free Weekend Rental of any Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles (up to 4 days) 
1 Free Weekly Rental – Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles 
2 Free Weeks of 8-14 Days – Hertz Green Traveler Collection Vehicles 

Summary

Silly me, thinking that perhaps fewer Gold Plus Rewards points would be required for at least one award redemption. However — to the credit of Hertz Gold Plus Rewards — at least the redemption rates have not increased in years.

Imagine redeeming 200 Gold Plus Rewards points for a discount of only five dollars. The only situation in which I would imagine considering redeeming that award is if I had 200 Gold Plus Rewards points in my account which were about to expire.

550 Gold Plus Rewards points are required for a standard reward of a free weekend day of renting a car; so if 500 Gold Plus Rewards points is good for a discount of $20.00 and 600 Gold Plus Rewards points is good for a discount of $30.00, then is 550 points worth $25.00?

The aforementioned e-mail message stated that “For a limited time, you can use Gold Plus Rewards points to pay for part of your rental.” How limited is that time was never defined or clarified, but that does not really matter anyway: with the exception of a deal anomaly, snow will fall in Florida in July by the time I would seriously consider using one of the discount awards.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


 

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