United has been running a really good promotion for renting cars with Hertz for quite a while. In fact, I’d say it’s the most lucrative offer out there for short term car rentals, since Premier 1K and Global Services members can earn 2,750 miles per rental. Even for non-elite members, it’s still 2,000 miles per rental.
I’ve done it a bunch of times now and the miles always post, even if it takes a bit. Sure, you might end up with a crappy Hertz vehicle, but for the miles, I’ll take it.
Come to think of it, doesn’t it seem like you should earn the number of miles that are on the odometer at the time you pick up the car? For some of the cars Hertz has given me, I’d make out like a bandit!
Anyway, the promotion was scheduled to run out at the end of May. But in a move which should surprise no one, the offer has now been extended through September 30, 2017.
Earn United miles on Hertz car rentals
The standard promotional offer is for a 1,500 mile bonus for renting a car from Hertz. Then, depending on your status, you earn additional miles according to the table.
Award miles earned for each Hertz rental, in addition to the 1,500 mile booking bonus
As a United 1K, that means you can earn 2,750 miles for a one-day rental. And 2,500 miles for Silver or Gold members is nearly as good.
But at least some members have been targeted for an offer that is worth twice as much.
United’s targeted “mega” Hertz offer
A friend of mine sent me this email that he received from United.
Earning 5,750 miles per rental is incredible. That’s even better than the SAS offer earlier this year. And unlike that offer, I trust they’ll actually honor this one. Due note however, that the “mega” version only runs through September 9th, while the standard one goes through September 30th. (And will presumably be extended.)
Using Ben’s valuation of United miles at 1.4 cents each, that’s over $80 of value for each rental.
Booking Hertz cars via the United website
To take advantage of the standard or the “mega” Hertz offer, you need to book via the United website using the following codes:
- CDP 62455
- PC 305023
If you follow the banner links on the United website, these codes should be pre-populated.
The booking page for the Hertz offer on united.com
The car rental reservation should eventually show up with your airline tickets in the My Reservations section of your united.com account.
Even though I prefer to rent from National where I can pick my car from the aisle at most locations, I’ve been giving my short terms rentals to Hertz due to the amount of miles I can earn. If you have United status or even just the credit card, this is probably the best car rental deal out there.
And if you were lucky enough to get targeted for the “mega” promotion, you might even want to think about some “car-runs”….
Were you targeted for this United MileagePlus offer through Hertz?
(Tip of the hat to Chris)