Ultimate Guide to Hertz Prestige Rentals

Confessions of a President’s Circle Member

Loyalty. Does it really exist, or do most people only care about the deal of the day?

You can decide.

From airlines and hotels, through to credit cards and car rental providers, the travel industry is crazy about loyalty programs. In fact, there are also communities who dedicate their time to hacking these programs for elite status and access to otherwise unattainable experiences. Our community in Australia is called Point Hacks.

Despite these programs labeled as ‘loyalty’, I wonder if loyalty was ever the point. These programs dig deep into our competitive psychology and rig the game against those who don’t realise they’re being played. But how can you make these programs work for you?

Let’s find out how.

This guide is about Hertz, and not only their loyalty program, but everything you’ll ever need to know about renting prestige cars such as the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayman, and Ford Mustang (ok, maybe this one isn’t prestige).

The Ride Hacks community thinks different. We believe the cheapest deal isn’t necessarily the best deal. Truly remarkable experiences trump cheaper prices, every day. However, as you will read further in this guide, earning Hertz Gold Rewards points and advancing your status level is not the aim. Remarkable driving experiences are what true Ridehackers chase.

Although it’s an individual preference, for me real loyalty should be reciprocated with leniency, understanding, and a consistently thoughtful experience.

This is the Ultimate Guide to Hertz Rentals, for Australia and possibly New Zealand. The UK, European and American programs run slightly differently — usually with better cars that cost you less and more benefits to play with. Alas, we have what we have and will make the best of it.

Who will find this useful?

Maybe your employer has a special relationship with Hertz and you are required to book car rentals through them, or perhaps your credit card offers you a discount on rentals, we’ll cover all of these cases and much, much more.

No matter why you’re here, I hope that you find this guide useful.

You can work your way down the entire guide or choose your own adventure and go straight to the section that will answer your question. We’ll continue updating this guide as the program changes.


Your Guide To This Guide


Hertz Fleet In Australia

Hertz Dream Collection
When it comes to choosing a fancy Hertz car in Australia, you have three Collections to choose from:

  • Prestige Collection (think Audi)
  • Adrenaline Collection (think Ford Mustang V8)
  • Dream Collection (think Porsche Cayman)

Whilst you could previously find BMW in the Prestige Collection, these were dated and have since been replaced with Audi.

Hertz Prestige Collection
Given that Ride Hacks is about the driving experiences from prestige car hire, The Prestige Collection is a good place to start. Within this collection we have four car sizes to choose from:

One could say that I’m very well acquainted with the Hertz Prestige series.

I’ve personally driven the current Audi A3, Q5 and Q7, and the previous BMW 118i and X3. I’ve also driven the Audi Q5 in the Hertz 24/7 on-demand fleet, see my review here. My favourite is the Audi Q5, which I recently (July 2016) rented to drive to and from Canberra in a single day with minimal rest. After six hours of driving, the Q5 is my pick of the bunch.

In New Zealand you’ll find the Lexus ES300h Hybrid in the Prestige Collection.

As you can imagine, the price increases as you approach the larger vehicles, but usually not by as much as you might think. The bigger concern is price fluctuations and availability based on location. For example, the Audi Q7 and A4 are shown only to be available from airport locations. By contrast, there seems to always be availability of the Audi A3 and Q5 in city locations.

In speaking to a Hertz customer service agent recently, she shared that it’s best to call up to see the true availability and request these specific cars in the location of your choice. The website isn’t always accurate.

Read about the booking process further in this guide.

Hertz Adrenaline Collection
The Hertz Adrenaline Collection is the cheapest fun you will have across any car rental provider. Guaranteed. These cars aren’t necessarily the fastest in the rental industry, but they feel fast. To be specific, you have three choices:

  • Ford Mustang V8 GT (review)
  • Renault Mégane RS Cup
  • Toyota 86

First, the Mustang. I have so much to say about the Mustang. I suggest starting with reading my review and then booking it for yourself. I can’t imagine any driving enthusiast who wouldn’t have fun driving the Mustang GT. Would I ever buy one? Never. That’s why it’s the perfect rental car.

I rented out the Mégane for a day as a Father’s Day present for my dad. It only cost $119 for a day but was undoubtedly the most fun we’ve had driving along the back roads of the dairy-farming country of Jamberoo, NSW (two hours south of Sydney).

Although the Mégane is a powerful hot hatch, it’s the combination of a manual gearbox, rock-hard suspension and sticky Pirelli P-Zero tyres make it a real driver’s car. A word of warning: don’t expect a soft and comfortable ride. The suspension is built for performance, not comfort.

I’ve had two experiences of renting out the Porsche Cayman from the Dream Collection and I can honestly say that the Mégane feels like it is actually a faster car. Probably faster than the Ford Mustang too.

As a guide, you’ll be able to get one of these cars for $100 to $150 per day with unlimited km. Or $200-$250 for the V8 Ford Mustang GT. If you have a good CDP discount code, you might be able to get the Mégane under $100 per day.

Hertz Dream Collection
Finally, we have the Dream Collection. Unlike in the US and UK, where they boast cars with serious sex appeal — Mercedes C63, Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes SL500, Audi R8, and Aston Martin DB9, we have:

  • Porsche Cayman (base model, not the Cayman S)
  • Porsche Boxster (Brisbane Airport only)

The problem is that availability is tough – if not impossible at reasonably short notice. But you might be lucky. With this being said, I had two occasions when I scored the Hertz Porsche Cayman at the last minute.

The first was a booking last December before the Christmas rush. I received a call from Hertz a day after making the booking with the message that it wouldn’t be available on my requested day, but they had one available immediately if I wanted it. Read that review here.

The other occasion was on a business trip to Melbourne with Keith from Point Hacks. We walked up to the Melbourne Airport Hertz office and asked for ‘that Porsche out the front’. ‘Twas a funny story you can read here.

I believe your best chance for this rental is calling up on a weekday, asking if they have one available, and requesting what price they can do for you. I ended up getting a deal that was not much more over $300 including all additional costs.

As a guide, you’re looking at a total price of about $370 to rent a Porsche from a city location and $440 to rent it from an airport with 150km included.

Making a booking with Hertz

Booking a car using the Hertz booking engine is confusing. I spent two hours on a single browser window comparing:

  • Airport vs City
  • Vehicles (Audi A3, A4, Q5 representing three available classes)
  • Weekend vs Weekday
  • Single vs multi-day rental

The funny thing is that the rates and options changed as I went back to confirm my numbers. For example, sometimes you will have ‘Pay Now / Pay Later’ options (usually when you don’t have CDP codes), other times it will show you a single rate, or it might just force you to ‘Get a quote’ and then show a price on the final confirmation page.

There really was no consistency, but despite the painful back and forth, here is what I discovered:

  • The CDP code (more on this below) didn’t provide a discount at the Airport on weekdays, but did on weekends.
  • Weekday and weekend rates don’t change in the city, but they significantly change at the airport locations…in the opposite way you would expect – weekends are cheaper than weekdays on a base rate and also cheaper again when they give you an option to ‘Pay now’.
  • When renting for two or more days from an airport during the week, the prices drop back to City prices.

As per my first comment about the lack of consistency, don’t expect to not break these guidelines — they are the best I could find during my intense searching sessions. I’ll update them as I get smarter in working out the system.

How Do You Get The Best Deal On A Hertz Rental?

Book two or more weekend days, at an airport location, using your credit card CDP code (Amex Platinum is the best for this), and choose the ‘pay now’ option if presented with it (and you don’t mind the risk).

If you can’t make it to the airport, book a multi-day rental in your most convenient location using the credit card CDP code.

However as a word of caution, I suggest requesting the rate without any CDP codes first and then later apply these codes by choosing ‘Edit‘ in the ‘Your Itinerary‘ section on the final step called ‘4. Review and Book‘. This will ensure you are seeing the real discount. In some cases I found the CDP rates to be higher than the standard rates.

Hertz Pay Now Pay Later
Sometimes paying now won’t give you much of a discount and it’s probably safer to just pay later. I’ve had plenty of times where I needed to change or cancel bookings and it would have never been worth the ‘pay now’ savings.
Hertz Pay Now Pay Later
You may occasionally find a huge discount on paying now – take it if it’s the best rate you’ll find.

The Hertz Booking Process

There are several ways to book a car from Hertz. Without being too obvious, let me list them out for completeness:

  • direct through the Hertz website
  • via a third-party aggregation engine, e.g. DriveNow.
  • via a corporate or partner micro-site, e.g. American Express etc.
  • via a travel agent

Where people feel comfortable booking is a function of advertising and past experiences. Some people do everything through their assistant or an agent, some feel that if they don’t use an aggregator then they won’t be getting the best deal, and others (like me) only book direct through the website.

When it comes to booking the prestige fleet (or any of the Collections) through Hertz, you will want to either book direct through the website, with the possibility of a follow-up phone call to finalise the process if you want to be specific on the vehicle choice. Why? Hertz are protective of their Collection fleet availability — including the Prestige, Adrenaline, and Dream collections. You won’t often find these cars show up on aggregated sites or through travel agents.

Can you do the whole thing online? Yes, for the most part you can, and I have for the last ten bookings. However this isn’t the case when you either:

  • want to chose a specific car and location that’s not shown (e.g Audi Q7 or A4 in the city)
  • want to book a super-low availability car (e.g Porsche Cayman)

You will probably see a better result by doing your research online (here at Ride Hacks and on their website) and calling to see what they can do to help out.

Hertz Booking Process

The Hertz Website

Hertz has several websites. To keep things simple you would want to head to their Australian Website to make any bookings. Unlike Europcar who have micro-sites for their partners, Hertz simply use the same site with CDP codes for each of their partners, with the exception of the partnership with Virgin Australia where they suggest booking through them directly. This makes things a little easier, yet not as simple as you could hope for.

As suggested in the booking process above, enter your location expected dates/times and leave everything else blank. Don’t worry about choosing the ‘type’ of car here as you can narrow down to the specific car on the next screen. Also, ignore any corporate (CDP) or promotional (PC) codes at this stage – you can add them later.

If you’ve chosen a city location that includes multiple Hertz depots (e.g. ‘Sydney’ or ‘Melbourne’), then you will be prompted to choose a Hertz pickup location. This part is a bit clunky and often I’ve found that I’ve had to re-enter some of the dates/times again. Ugh!

When you finally make it through to the car list screen, the good news is that you can quickly make changes to the dates, times, discount codes etc by clicking on the ‘edit’ button in the top right-hand corner. This is much quicker than starting the process again and lets you see how single vs multi-day bookings affects the prices shown.

I use the screenshot tool on my Mac to capture different days/locations/CDP codes, and then I compare the screenshots.

Hertz Edit Screen

When you are intending to book one of the Collections, it’s likely that you will not see the car immediately. That’s okay, just scroll down and the click ‘Display all’ link to get the full list.

If the car you want is ‘Not Available’ or it says ‘Call to book’, I suggest you move the date out 2-8 weeks (during the week) to see if you can find some availability. If this doesn’t work, try a different location.

This little step will help you set a base price when you call up the Hertz booking agent. Remember that you want to apply the CDP/PC codes before you call so you can quote them a price you can find online along with the CDP code, albeit with different dates.

When you call, explain that you can’t find any availability but would like them to look for this class of car at surrounding locations. If it’s last minute, sometimes the website doesn’t even show that there is a car sitting in the lot waiting for you to turn up. No harm in asking.

Assuming you’ve worked out the right car for you and you don’t need to call, you can make your way to the final ‘confirmation’ step. Don’t worry about the implied commitment from the buttons that say ‘Book Now’ and ‘Confirm’ until you reach that final page – they don’t commit you till you have a final price and you provide your credit card information.

Even at this point unless you are explicitly choosing a ‘Pay Now’ option, you can cancel any booking all the way up till the rental desk. No additional fees incurred.

Top Ride Hacks Tips

  • Multi-days generally give better prices.
  • If you have the option (and are happy to) choose ‘Pay Now’ for a cheaper price. I generally don’t.
  • Booking from Airports with CDP codes can actually work out cheaper for shorter trips (1-2 days). However remember that on multi-day bookings you will pay the ‘airport premium location fee’ for each day.
  • The CDP code doesn’t always give you a better rate, sometimes it can be more expensive.
  • If your availability doesn’t show for multi-day bookings, start with one day and see what you can find. Conversely, if you only need one day but don’t have any luck, try three.

When all else fails, the general rule is:

Start broad and get specific.

Due to the nature of these booking systems, if you start too specific you can find yourself in a ‘Not available’ dead-end with no real solution but restarting.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Loyalty Program

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

When it comes to loyalty programs, the current Hertz Gold Plus program is designed to best benefit those whose employer always uses Hertz, or where there are no other convenient options available. In this case, you’ll get some nice benefits with little effort on your behalf.

I’m a member of several loyalty programs across airlines, hotels, and car rental providers. There are some that do it right, and others that fail miserably. Hertz fits somewhere in the middle — they really don’t offer a lot of value for their frequent, loyal and high-spending customers, but you would be silly not to join (for free) and start accumulating points.

Hertz Status

There are three status levels obtainable in the current Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program:

  • Gold Plus Rewards
  • Five star
  • President’s Circle

It’s free to join the Gold Plus program, despite many credit cards and airlines saying that they ‘save you $50 on joining the Hertz Gold Plus program’ — it’s bullshit and likely old marketing copy that no one has checked in the last few years. It’s free to join and you never should be paying for it.

The primary benefit of joining the free program is using the Hertz Gold Plus priority counter (not at all locations) and the airport priority board. The former has saved me once when I made a last minute booking and had a queue of tourists to contend with (read that review here).

As I’ll explain below, the points you earn don’t really have a lot of weight and availability can be hard to find. Don’t get too excited about your first level of status, just get started.

Your first upgrade will be to the Five Star status level. This happens after you make seven rentals or spend US$1,500 (~AU$2,000) within a year. Alternatively, you can use a status hack to be awarded this status by leveraging an Airline status.

So what do you get? Not much. One-car class upgrades are subject to availability and it only is up to a full-size car – not including the Prestige, Adrenaline or Dream Collections. You will also receive a few extra points per booking although as you will discover below, these points are nice to have but aren’t really worth collecting with great focus. On the other hand, they are a neat bonus if your employer requests you only use Hertz.

President's Circle

The highest elite status you will achieve with Hertz (in Australia) is called President’s Circle. A grandiose name, although compared to the top ‘Platinum’ status with airlines, there isn’t any significant benefit worth chasing.

You’ll need 20 rentals or $4,000 (~AU$5,400) over twelve months to reach this level however for the prestige renter, the benefits don’t really warrant the cost of your loyalty if you’re looking for variety in prestige cars (e.g. Europcar and Avis have Mercedes-Benz, and only Europcar has some nice Volvos).

In this case you’ll receive 25% bonus points, upgrades that don’t include the cars you want and guaranteed vehicle availability. And before we get too excited about vehicle availability, this means any vehicle – not the one you specifically want to drive.

Hertz Gold Rewards Points

As with any loyalty program, you earn points to redeem for many anticipated joyful benefits. Whilst this is the way we would like it to work, there are three critical factors to consider when deciding if any points currency worth accumulating and ‘saving’ for a future redemption:

  1. How much does it cost to accumulate the points you need to fulfil your desired redemption?
  2. When you have the number of points you need, are there other availability constraints that make using the points difficult, or worse – intentionally complicated?
  3. Are there other ways to hack the system, where you can transfer points from other partnering programs, giving you an arbitrage opportunity?

On the first point, I’ve done the numbers to figure out that it will cost you roughly $3,000 of rentals to redeem a weekend rental worth $350. There are other options such as using the points on ‘economy rentals’ and you can find the full points redemption chart here, however my conclusion is this:

The best redemption opportunity for the Prestige collection is by taking a three-day weekend under a ‘Standard Award’ for 2550 points.

As the earn rate is 1 point per $USD, the current exchange rate means you’ll need to spend roughly $3,000 to earn enough points, and three weekend days within the Prestige Collection would otherwise cost $350-$450 without any discounts.

This is equivalent to an 11.5% discount ($3000 saves you $350) and whilst it isn’t anything to ignore, it doesn’t really shake the room. The downside is that availability is scarce and you may find that your points are unusable for a weekend that would be best suited for you.

In a recent discussion with Hertz, they mentioned that availability is not always right on the website so it’s best to call up and make your reward booking.

Hertz Frequent Flyer Program Partnerships

Let’s say that you have read through the Hertz Gold Rewards program and realised it probably isn’t worth accumulating points. You wouldn’t be alone. Sometimes it makes more sense to actually use car rentals as a way of boosting your earning capability with other points currencies.

The most obvious example is that you can earn three Virgin Velocity points for every $AUD you spend with Hertz. Back to our calculation above, instead of AU$3000 Hertz spend yielding you a $350 weekend rental, if you instead were to credit these points to Velocity (instead of Hertz Gold Plus) AND you used the American Express Platinum Velocity card, earning another two points per dollar, you would end up with 15,000 velocity points for the same rental spend.

Side note: when I called Amex to ask if booking through the Velocity website would in fact be considered ‘Virgin spend’ and yield 3 points per dollar. She said yes, but I haven’t yet confirmed this to be true or false. If this was the case, it would be a total of 6 points per dollar.

What does this roughly buy you? An economy ticket Sydney to Perth ($355 value), a business class ticket Sydney to Melbourne ($720 value), or if you save your points up you’re looking at 57,800 points for a business class ticket to Singapore from Sydney or Melbourne on Singapore Airlines ($3097 value).

How do the other programs compare?

Unfortunately, Qantas Frequent Flyer announced in 2010 that Avis and Budget would be their exclusive earning partners, and Air New Zealand followed in 2011.

Emirates, Krisflyer, and Asia Miles members all earn 500 points per booking, although Emirates also offer 1000 Skywards Miles on each Prestige Collection rental. From all the airlines, the best by far is Etihad offering 1,400 Guest Miles for Prestige Collection rentals and 825 Guest Miles for standard rentals

The primary difference here is that Hertz points and Velocity points are earned on the rental rate, excluding all fees, taxes, insurances etc. Whereas the other partners are fixed per booking. Therefore you may be better off doing 10 bookings for 14,000 Etihad Guest Miles instead of a single 10-day booking with Virgin Velocity. Airport bookings in particular have high location surcharges.

Keep in mind that the valuation of these points should be considered in conjunction with the relevant award charts. To fly Sydney – Abu Dhabi on Etihad in economy will be 51,228 points and business class will set you back 96,827 points each way. Car rentals can definitely compliment a points strategy, however it shouldn’t be the centerpiece of your strategy.

The final points opportunity is that your credit card will classify Hertz as ‘Travel’ and some credit cards, particularly Amex, will credit you bonus points when booking with Hertz. This applies to the total spend, not just the base fee.

Other Uses For Hertz Gold Status

Putting aside the ‘official’ benefits of Hertz Gold Rewards status, what else could be achieved? There are two opportunities that I see for the Ride Hacks community: personalised service and status matching.

Do the Hertz staff treat you better when you’re one of their ‘President’s Circle’ members? Based on my limited number of experiences since my upgrade, I’m not so certain. They treat you well, but not like the hotels or airlines.

A benefit when you have any Gold Plus status is their airport fast pickup service. When you get to certain locations like the airports, you should have your name on the board, keys in the car and can just drive away. In a perfect world anyway.

However, if they were to personalise their service and make you feel like you really belong with Hertz, this could be worth the loyalty. This would be similar to how airlines treat you when you’re travelling in First Class. That would be remarkable in the current state of the rental industry.

The other opportunity is to do a Status Match. This is where you leverage your Hertz President’s Circle status to acquire an equal status with another company, say Europcar or Avis.

Matches aren’t always honoured and it’s not to say the other status is necessarily better, however there may be an opportunity to ‘skip the queue’ (proverbial queue in this instance) to achieve elite status with other rental companies when you hold just one. This is common with airlines.

This strategy could be useful if you had many Hertz rentals through your work in Australia but would like to hire from Sixt in Germany on a holiday. Your status match from your local loyalty could make it all worth it.

Booking With Hertz: Options and Upgrades

You’ve booked your car, what’s next? It’s very likely they will try to upsell you with other Hertz products. The most obvious is insurance, but the others include:

  • Toll Passes
  • Hertz NeverLost
  • Fuel Purchase Option

Insurance

The dreaded question for every rental:

Would you like to waive your excess in the case of any damage, including when it’s not your fault? The excess is currently [more than you expect], and it’s only [more than a reasonable amount] to reduce it.

In every case when this question comes up, I always decline. This is usually based on value-for-money but I also know that the reduction in insurance is typically only a small reduction and it has specific exclusions.

I wrote about this in a lot more detail here.

Toll Passes

Hertz Toll Day Pass

Hertz operate their tolls service for business travellers and tourists, not locals. To put it simply, you’ll pay $16.50 per day in NSW and $14.30 in VIC for unlimited tolls. Or, if you accidentally go through one toll road and you don’t accept this option, it is a $16.50 admin fee. Sucks right? See all state’s charges here.

On my experience with the Hertz Audi Q7 I declined all toll coverage and instead purchased four days coverage through the NSW eMU Pass system. It was easy and much cheaper than the Hertz option.

It’s also interesting to note that both Avis and Europcar have a deal where you use the toll as much as you want and they only charge a $3.50 daily admin fee for the days when you use the toll. Hertz has some catching up to do in this respect.

However this could be an ideal option if you knew you were going to rack up $30+ tolls in a day, which is definitely possible in Sydney. For example, if you pick up the car at the airport and drive through the harbour tunnel to Macquarie Park, you’re looking at $26 in a round trip.

Before accepting the toll charges add-on, I’d suggest going to the Sydney Motorways Toll calculator to estimate your tolls.

Hertz NeverLost

Hertz-NeverLost-GPS
This is pretty straight forward – it’s basically a GPS that will cost you $14 per day. Every Prestige car has a GPS built-in, so I wouldn’t worry about this unless you knew your car didn’t have a GPS and your phone wouldn’t work for the trip you intend on doing.

In most cases, you can connect your phone to the car via Bluetooth and use Google or Apple Maps for navigation. This will show directions on your phone and read them out turn-by-turn over the speakers.

Hertz Fuel Purchase Option

Hertz Prepaid-Rentals
Honestly, this option is a little confusing. Let’s start with the traditional rental model. You receive the car full of fuel and bring it back full or pay a ridiculous $3.41 per litre (+ GST and admin fees!) of fuel they need to fill up for you. Nuts!

They will judge your tank as a fraction of eight. That is, 8/8 is full and 7/8 is almost full. If you had the Audi Q5 and they said it wasn’t quite full, 1/8 of 75L is 9.35L, costing a minimum of $35 at the end of your booking.

There are times when this makes sense. For example, we were running very late with bringing the car back on a recent trip in a Porsche Cayman at Melbourne Airport. We had 29 minutes leeway over the agreed return time before we were charged a half-day fee. Over an hour late is a full day. In our case, it was easier and cheaper to pay for 1/8 tank of fuel for $31 than the $150 + admin fees for the extra half-day.

Since starting Ride Hacks, I always pick up a new rental and go straight to the BP near my home to ‘top up’. What I want to know is how many litres I had to pay for on top of my end-of-rental refill. This is usually 3 to 5 litres. I don’t often use this against the rental company, but if it’s significant, I will call up and let them know.

The Hertz Fuel Purchase Option works like this:

  • They know how much fuel is in the tank (once again, assuming it actually is full).
  • You pay the ‘pump price’ that they show at the counter – supposedly the weekly average but I’ve never checked, for the current full tank of fuel, i.e 75L for the Audi Q5.
  • Bring the car back as close as possible to empty.
  • You forfeit any extra fuel you paid for but haven’t used.

When does this make sense?

There will be times when this is easier, but rarely cheaper. If you knew that the car will give you 700km and this is exactly what you need during your rental, you can drive it all the way down to get value for money from your purchase, with perhaps a slight 5L top-up so you don’t run out.

However in practice, we are more risk-averse to running out of fuel and therefore you’re likely to pay for 5-10L of fuel you don’t use, in addition to the 5L that may not be at the top of the tank.

Unless you’re not footing the bill and your time to stop for fuel at the end of the booking is limited, best to just pass on this option.

Hertz Business Rewards

Catering to the SME market, the business program was introduced by Hertz in mid-2012. The deal is that you get your own CDP number, up to 25% off, and a ‘credit’ system for earning redemption credits.

The redemption credits work like this:

  • Ten credits for enrolling
  • One credit per rental day
  • A free rental day after fifteen credits

To sweeten the deal, your first 90 days will earn double the credits. Your employees who book using your code will also earn their own Hertz Gold Rewards points so you get to ‘double dip’, if not for a better word.

Hertz Business Rewards
Other benefits include:

  • Reduced accident excess
  • No additional driver fees
  • Ability to charge to company credit card for all bookings through a central invoicing system

In doing the research for this guide, this program has shown to be the brightest spark for Hertz. Not a lot of details are available online so I will go through the process of signing up just to experience how valuable this program really is for the Ride Hacks community.

More to come soon.

Summary

From the beginning of writing version 1.0 of this guide till the point where I clicked ‘publish’, I’ve been re-acquainted with two pleasant customer service experiences with Hertz. These are detailed in my article on the Hertz Porsche Cayman.

My overall opinion is that Hertz will continue to have a place in my rental schedule. They price their vehicles reasonably and have never caused me any heartaches. I’m hoping that their rewards program is overhauled with extra benefits for their prestige car fleet. Handing over my endless loyalty will require significant investment in their treatment for premium rental customers.

This guide is a living document. It will change over time and adapt to how Hertz changes its vehicles, policies and rewards program.

If you want to be notified when there are updates to this program, be sure to signup for the occasional Ride Hacks updates below.

Originally published 21 November 2015.
Last updated 6th July 2016.

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