Watch Out Clicking on Upgrading Elite Level Status With This Offer…

I received an e-mail message which contained an offer for me to upgrade my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership account to Five Star elite level status through Thursday, December 31, 2020 for 4,500 points — which is a discount of 500 points from the 5,000 points which is normally required to redeem…

Watch Out Clicking on Upgrading Elite Level Status With This Offer…

…and the points needed to be redeemed by Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in order to qualify for this offer.

Source: Hertz.

…and I accidentally clicked on the Redeem Now button with my cursor — which instantly redeemed my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points for Hertz Five Star elite level status instead of taking me to an official Internet web site with more details about the offer…

Source: Hertz.

…as illustrated in the image shown above.

What is quite bizarre is that I did not have enough points in my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account to redeem for this offer; so I do not know how redemption of what I did have was successful.

Hertz Five Star elite level status includes the following benefits with each vehicle rental:

  • Upgrades of one car class
  • 25 percent bonus on earning Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points
  • Access to available vehicles in the Five Star Ultimate Choice lot

Summary

I only opened the e-mail message because the title of it was Your loyalty status offer expires soon! and I had no idea what that meant, as I received no prior notice as to this offer. I really do not like when e-mail messages are labeled that way — especially when I received no prior notification — as that could be considered as “click bait” which was purposely designed to arouse curiosity.

A written communication was subsequently sent by me to Hertz and asked for this process to be reversed, as Five Star elite level status would be of little benefit to me based on my habits of renting vehicles from Hertz.

I intend to provide an update in a future article…

…but if you receive this offer via e-mail message and are not interested in it, be careful not to open the e-mail message — or, at least, not accidentally click on the Redeem Now button, as most offers via e-mail message usually allow the reader to click through to an official Internet web site before giving the option to definitively take advantage of an offer…

…but clicking on the Redeem Now button in the e-mail message directly redeems your points. Again, do not click on it if you do not intend to take advantage of this offer.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Watch Out Clicking on Upgrading Elite Level Status With This Offer…”

  1. Kevin says:

    I had the same email but for President Circle for 6,000 points. Haven’t rented a car this year but can earn that status back during future business travels. Definitely not worth the point redemption for me.

    Just like you, I also found it strange that they deduct more points than I had. It reminds me of the previous offer where they “gave” some points that rounded the total points up so we can use it towards a redemption. That offer has expired by now and the points were taken back as stated.

  2. NB says:

    Quite bizarre how that happened!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Perhaps, NB.

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