Should You Buy Discounted Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points?

Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages. Today marks the second to last day of the 2017 program.

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Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to act fast, if interested. Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to buy Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points at a discount.

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Should you buy Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points?

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points will be available in the following increments:

  • 5,500 Hertz points / $280 / 45 available
  • 13,200 Hertz points / $560 / 35 available
  • 16,500 Hertz points / $698 / 50 available

The packages are marketed as offering a certain type of rental (ie, a one week standard rental, a one week Prestige rental, etc.), but in reality this comes in the form of points deposited into your account, and you can use them however you’d like. Each member can purchase at most one of each package, so in theory you could purchase all three packages (though I suspect they’ll sell out pretty quickly).

Hertz also participated in last year’s Daily Getaways promotion, where they offered packages for the same number of points. However, the cheapest package was $250 rather than $280, and the most expensive package was $698 rather than $695 (while the middle package was the same price).

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 ~4 cents per point, that’s like paying ~$27 for a free day, which is a great value in some expensive markets. 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 this promotion makes sense for you depends on the type of markets you usually rent in, and what kind of rentals you make (entry level car, premium car, one-way rentals, etc.).

Generally you’ll find the most value with Hertz points if redeeming for one-way rentals, premium rentals, or standard rentals in expensive markets.

Bottom line

This isn’t for everyone, but I certainly recommend crunching the numbers and deciding for yourself whether or not you’ll get value out of this, based on your rental patterns. If you are interested, be sure you’re ready to go at 1PM sharp, as there are only 130 packages available, and I suspect they’ll sell out very quickly.

Personally I’ll be passing on the deal, since I don’t rent cars often or consistently enough for a speculative purchase like this to make sense.

Do you plan on taking advantage of Hertz’s Daily Getaways offer?

Comments

  1. A problem here. When I rent a car, my credit card covers CDW only if I fully pay with the card. If I use points, then my credit card no longer covers CDW, so I have to pay $20-$30 extra per day to purchase CDW from Hertz.

  2. Yes please write an article about credit card cdw coverage on award rentals. My understanding is some cards dont cover it for awards which makes it so i cant use the points. I do not have driver’s insurance sovivhave to purchase the pi supplement when i rent.

  3. As if anyone really had a shot to purchase these anyway – I hit the button to buy right at 10, and was shut out.

  4. The other thing I dislike about this and other rental car points programs is that many leisure and overseas destinations tend to have partner or licensed car rental offices vs. corporate ones. These outposts are not required to take points for Hertz or free days for National from my experience

  5. Try, try again. 16,500 Hertz points banked. I don’t like the 24 hour requirement for award rentals, but otherwise the annual purchase of Hertz points have proven to be an excellent value. The Hertz loyalty program is not fine tuned so the better values are not always the obvious options. I needed a truck for a weekend a few weeks ago and the option included $400 per day or 1000 points per day, as an example.

  6. Sadly I’ve found availability to be dreadful with Hertz points, certainly at the lower points levels. As such I definitely wouldn’t purchase any speculatively.

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