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Marriott Bonvoy and Hertz recently re-launched their partnership, providing an opportunity for Marriott Bonvoy elite members to get a status match from Hertz. Many readers likely already have a credit card that provides some level of Hertz elite status, but for those with Marriott Titanium or Ambassador status, maybe this could be handy. Furthermore, Marriott members have the opportunity to earn some bonus points when renting from Hertz through September 30, 2023.
- Marriott and Hertz recently re-launched a partnership where by Marriott Bonvoy elite members can match status to a Hertz fast track or elite status.
- Direct link to this deal
- Marriott Bonvoy members can earn 500 bonus points for rentals of one day or 2,000 bonus points for rentals of 2 or more days through September 30, 2023 when they book their Hertz car through Marriott at the link below
- Direct link to Marriott’s car rental reservation page
- See landing page for full terms
As per the table above, you can see that this is only a match for Titanium, which matches to Hertz Five Star, or Ambassador, which matches to Hertz President’s Circle. Those with Marriott’s 50-night Platinum elite status only get a fast track to Hertz Five Star status.
Hertz Five Star status ordinarily requires 10 rentals or $2,000 in spending in a 12-month period. Platinum members get a fast track to earn that status after seven rentals. That’s not much of a fast track in my opinion, but I guess it’s nice if you would have otherwise gotten close to Hertz status but would have fallen short.
For Titanium members who don’t already have Five Star status, it makes sense to grab the easy status here in case it becomes useful. You’ll position yourself for an upgrade, a 25% points bonus, and a wider selection of cars from which to pick when you book a mid-size vehicle.
The same is true at the top tier where if you have Ambassador status and you don’t have Hertz President’s Circle status, it’s nice to pick up the opportunity to match to Hertz’s top tier.
Also worth noting is that Marriott Bonvoy members who book a Hertz car through the Marriott booking engine found at this page can earn 500 bonus points for rentals of a single day or 2,000 bonus points for rentals of 2 days or more through September 30, 2023.
Hertz has made the news in recent years for some crazy stories about customers being mistakenly arrested due to Hertz erroneously reporting cars as stolen even after they were returned. Personally, I’ve rented through Hertz a few times this year and I’ve not yet gotten locked up for it, but the stories are nonetheless disturbing. The good news is that I haven’t heard of a recurrence lately.
Personally, I have Hertz President’s Circle status by virtue of being an authorized her on my wife’s Capital One Venture X card — that card comes with automatic President’s Circle status, even for authorized users. I therefore will not be using my Marriott Platinum status to register for the fast track.
Still, I imagine this will be useful for some members.
H/T: Award Wallet