Posted by William Charles on November 30, 2018
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Published on November 30th, 2018 | by William Charles

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Hertz Now Allows Cash & Points Bookings

Hertz is now letting rewards members book rentals using a combination of points & cash. If you have at least 200 points then you will be given the option to pay for part of your rental using points. The break down is:

At the 200 point level you’re getting 2.5¢ per point. At the 600 level you get 5¢ per point. Normally a free weekend day starts at 550 points, so for most people this won’t be that useful I don’t think. Hertz points also don’t expire, so there isn’t as much of a hurry to use up points.

Hat tip to reader Chris



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Michael
Michael

https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/emember/rewards-legal/loyalty-terms-conditions#Restrictions

Points do not expire as long as the member has a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program rental in the prior 24 months. Activity means a Gold Plus Rewards Point was either earned or redeemed

Lik
Lik

I think Hertz points DO expire after a certain period of in activity.

jeph36
jeph36

I wonder how this will work using a CC with primary coverage like the CSR for paying for a partial rental. Will the coverage still apply?

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

It won’t, at least Chase’s won’t. Not sure about the Amex primary coverage that you need to purchase.

Klanfa
Klanfa

I called amex about the premium rental protection and they said it was covered as long as something was charged on the card. I do like to call and double check before renting though, since it’s kind of a big deal.
Using points for $ off should be no issue.

jeph36
jeph36

I did a little more research since I also have the US Altitude Reserve and the CNB Crystal. Per Frequent Miler here, 100% needs to charged to the card for all cards that offer primary coverage … and that Amex Platinum is only secondary.

https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/ultra-premium-credit-card-travel-insurance/#Rental

Benjamin
Benjamin

For Citi, I spoke to a Citi insurance admin, and she got a hold of an insurance adjuster. With their cards, since Gold Points are processed as a discount or coupon on the bill as opposed to a ‘free day’ like Enterprise, their collision coverage would apply. I’d double-check with them as I’m only going on what they said, but I did spend about 30 minutes making absolutely sure that it was accurate.

George
George

Is it just me who thinks that’s a horrible use of the Hertz points?

Bill
Bill

I would do this if it triggered cdw from my credit card. I don’t use my current points because i need the cdw benefit and usually pay with chase.

Nancy
Nancy

Points do not expire as long as you have a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards rental activity in the prior 24 months. Activity means a Gold Plus Rewards Point was either earned or redeemed on a rental.

thisissteve
thisissteve

I use my Sapphire specifically for car rental primary insurance. If I understand Chase TOS correctly, coverage is only provided if 100% of the rental is charged. So, using Points may invalidate that insurance.

For me the insurance outweighs the point potential, so I opt for AA miles instead. Not a great value, but something. (I’m an Avis user due to employer preference, but I presume Hertz has similar options)

YMMV.

ra
ra

Chase Sapphire paid my insurance claim when I used Hertz points for the entire rental (card was used for taxes, fees etc.) Usually the best use of Hertz points is standard weekly rental.

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