What I didn’t know at the time is that IHG and Hertz have relaunched and improved their existing partnership. ALL IHG Rewards Club members, irrespective of status level, can earn points when they rent from Hertz.
(Remember that Hertz is NOT an Avios partner so you need to find an alternative home for your rentals.)
Full details are on the IHG website here.
Here are the headline details:
You will earn 1,500 IHG Rewards Club points per rental
125 IHG Rewards Club points per day for non-status members, or
500 IHG Rewards Club points per day for Gold, Platinum or Spire Elite members
Compared to the old IHG deal with Hertz of 125 points per day (!) this is a massive improvement.
Here are the snags:
You must book via this link on this page of the IHG website
You must include the IHG CDP in your booking – this means that, whilst you benefit from the IHG discount of up to 35%, you are excluded from any more generous deals you may be able to access
The offer is only valid for rentals in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand
Let’s assume that you value IHG points at 0.4p each, as I do. A 2-day rental for a status member would earn you 2,500 points which is £10 of value. A week-long rental would get you 5,000 points valued at £20.
For comparison, the best alternative option for Hertz is usually Virgin Flying Club (see the Virgin website here). You receive 1,000 miles per rental, which I’d also value at around £10 – but that only helps if you actively collect Virgin miles.
As long as the IHG discount rate throws up a good price, this is one of the better hotel / car hire tie-ups.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)