UPDATE: As several readers pointed out, the original post was incorrect. Originally I wrote that you could get Hertz President’s Circle status using the methods described below. In reality, you will get Hertz Five Star status which is a level below President’s Circle…
First United partnered up with Hertz, and now Delta has done the same. Both programs offer a way for elites to get elite status (Five Star or President’s Circle) with Hertz, for free.
To qualify for President’s Circle with United status (starting Jan 1), you must have United Platinum status (or higher), or be a primary cardholder of either: MileagePlus Club or Presidential Plus Card. To qualify for Hertz Five Star status with, you must have United Silver or Gold status.
To qualify for President’s Circle with Delta status (starting Jan 1), you must have Delta Platinum or Diamond status. To qualify for Hertz Five Star status you must have Delta Gold status.
An easy path for everyone else
If you don’t have high enough status with United or Delta to qualify for Hertz
President’s Circle Five Star status, here’s a simple alternative:
1. Sign up for free elite status with Avis and/or National
All you need is a World Elite MasterCard (like the BarclayCard Arrival Plus). Then, click the following links and sign up (hat tip: View from the Wing):
By signing up through the Avis link you will get a coupon for a free two day rental!
2. Status match to Hertz
President’s Circle Five Star
Send an email requesting a status match to email@example.com. Include a scanned picture of your elite card with Avis or National, or simply take a screenshot of your Avis or National account. There are many recent examples on StatusMatcher.com showing that this works.
Five Star Benefits
- One-car-class upgrades (subject to availability)
- 10% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® Points
- 675 Rewards Points after every 15 qualifying rentals
- Plus, all Gold member benefits
And a comparison of the different levels of status can be found here.