Today Only: Buy Discounted Hertz Points

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In mid-February I first wrote about how Daily Getaways will be returning this year. For those of you not familiar, Daily Getaways is a promotion, sponsored by the US Travel Association, which has been offered annually since 2011 to encourage US tourism.

The promotion consists of all kinds of travel packages, including offers on car rentals, hotel stays, loyalty program points, and theme park admission. Last week I shared a preview of the promotions that are available this year, and this week the promotion formally kicked off. So far we’ve seen opportunities to purchase discounted Choice Privileges and IHG Rewards Club points.

Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase discounted Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points. Like many of the Daily Getaways offers, this is pretty niche, but some will find it worthwhile.

Should you buy Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points?

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

The packages are marketed as offering a certain type of rental (like 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, which was identical in terms of the number of packages they were selling, as well as the costs.

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 book (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.

Lastly, remember that Daily Getaways purchases should be coded as travel, so if you do make a purchase you’ll want to do so with a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (3x points), Citi ThankYou® Premier Card (3x points), or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (2x points). Personally I value Ultimate Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so using the Sapphire Reserve would be like getting a 5.1% “return” on spend.

Bottom line

This isn’t for everyone, but I 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?

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Comments

  1. @Lucky says, “This isn’t for everyone, but I recommend crunching the numbers and deciding for yourself whether or not you’ll get value out of this …”

    Indeed, with the rates being so low on United.com (at least for US weekend rates) and the 2,750 UA mile bonus per Hertz rental, why would anyone wants to buy these packages?

  2. Check the blackout dates for the standard awards before you buy. They are numerous and vary by market.

  3. The points, in theory, are worthwhile for more expensive (read: one-way) rentals, but I have my doubts that they were actually available, given how quickly they “sold out.”

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