Today’s Daily Getaways: Discounted Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points

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Daily Getaways is a promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, and is intended to boost US tourism. Every weekday from May 19 through June 20, 2014, travel packages and getaways will be on sale at discounted prices. The good thing is that you don’t have to decide on your dates or travel right away, because most packages come in the form of certificates or points, which can be redeemed over time.

A few things to keep in mind for all of these travel packages:

  • Travel packages go on sale at 1PM ET, so you’ll want to be there a couple of minutes early if you want to take full advantage of it
  • You get a 10% discount for paying with your American Express Card, which will be applied at the time of purchase
  • Some travel packages sell out quickly, so if one shows as “sold out,” keep refreshing your browser and more packages may become available from people that “reserved” one in their cart but didn’t complete the purchase

Today’s Daily Getaways Package: Discounted Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points

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Today Daily Getaways is offering discounted Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points, in the following increments:

  • 5,500 Hertz points / $280 / 45 available
  • 13,200 Hertz points / $475 / 35 available
  • 16,500 Hertz points / $775 / 50 available

Looking at those packages with the 10% discount for paying with an American Express Card, the cost per point is as follows:

  • 5,500 Hertz points / 4.58 cents per point
  • 13,200 Hertz points / 3.23 cents per point
  • 16,500 Hertz points / 4.23 cents per point

It’s worth noting a couple of things here:

  • There are very few packages available — just 130 total
  • The cost per point varies wildly here based on which package you go with, from 3.23 to 4.58 cents per point

So it it worth buying Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points?

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not an expert on car rentals, because I don’t rent cars very much. I almost always just take public transportation or Uber.

But to decide if this deal makes sense for you, check out the award chart for Hertz Gold Plus redemptions. A standard redemption for a free one-day rental will cost you 675 points. So at 3.23 cents per point, that’s like paying $22 for a “free” day. Note that this doesn’t include the taxes/fees, which you still have to pay if redeeming points.

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There are tons of other redemption options, like premium cars, one-way rentals, etc. Whether or not that makes sense probably depends on the type of market you usually rent in, and what kind of rentals you make (entry level car, premium car, one-way rentals, etc.).

While I think yesterday’s Wyndham Rewards promotion was more or less a bust, I think this is one that could make sense for the right person.

To those of you more familiar with the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, what do you value their points at? Will you be taking advantage of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Daily Getaways?

Comments

  1. @Lucky – Just to clarify, you still pay taxes and fees on top of the award when you go to redeem it, so you could find yourself still paying another $20-30 in cash (credit card, etc.) on top of the points. No car rental “award” is ever $0 when you redeem it.

  2. @A.S. Not true. I’ve redeemed plenty of times in NY, and the award rentals really were $0. Taxes/fees may be listed when you check out but aren’t charged upon return. Afaik California is an exception to this rule

  3. Trying to figure out how this is considered a deal… maybe I’m missing something? I logged into my Hertz Gold Plus account and requested a weekly quote for a full sized car. Pay later fee is 275.52 USD /Week (300.32 Tot) and the Pay Now fee is 219.55 USD /Week (239.31 Tot.)

  4. @Garyst, really depends on individual needs. A two-day weekend rental in LGA could cost me $180… or 11,000.

  5. What are these guys smoking? “1 week of Standard Vehicle – Estimated Value $1,100”???? I just booked 1 week of Standard SUV in Hawaii for $280 with all taxes and fees included. Call this a promo should be forbidden.

  6. @Santastico …and my Hawaii rental costs $290 for a compact. Depends on the dates. Even at 5500 points for an “AnyDay” rental, I’ll save $30 with this deal (and more, because I bought the middle-tier one for a much lower cost per point.)

  7. Also, I got in on the Hertz points two years ago, and saved $500+ on a one-way Seattle to Santa Barbara rental. PLUS I had points left over.

  8. @B – Well, I stand corrected that it’s a general rule, then, but you’ll have to grant me that CA isn’t the only exception. I’ve redeemed at least 3 times at DFW and had to pay taxes and fees on all of them.

  9. Is the under 25 surcharge included when redeeming points for a vehicle? I could see this being valuable in that case.

  10. @ Kyle B, I don’t know about Hertz, but you still get charged the underage fee with National and Enterprise on redemptions.

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