Crediting your Hertz rentals to IHG Rewards Club is looking attractive

Last week, I revealed that IHG Rewards Club is offering Spire Elite members status with Hertz.

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.)

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  1. Globetrotter7 says:

    This looks very attractive. £62 for a 3 day UK rental I need for late Feb Optus a potential 3000 IHG points. But what is the IHG CDP?

  2. I don’t collect IHG points, only Hhonors, I don’t stay in hotels that often so have not really bothered with their rewards schemes.. I have credited my Hertz rental for he end of this month to AAdvantage when I was booking this trip American Airlines had plenty of rewards seats available.
    This is the reason that I am thinking of building up points and status with AAdvantage and stop collecting Avios altogether as there were very few reward seats available through BAEC and I had wanted to go Business Class not Premium Economy. Found it hard to upgrade from economy to business class.

  3. I thought this was a great deal, and registered last week, but the code seems to throw up quite an inflated price I think. I rented a car last weekend (3 days) in Nice. The IHG Hertz price was £63 (lowest priced car) however the Avis price through BA and Virgin was no more than £50. Didn’t do all the maths of the respective points but the £13 difference was enough to push me back to Avis. Not sure if this is going to always be the case, but worth checking before booking I think!

  4. I got the invitation to be upgraded to 5* status based on my IHG Spire status.

    However, when I click the link marked “request upgrade” I just get taken to my IHG login page. I’ve searched all over inside the IHG site, but cannot find any mention of Hertz upgrades or 5 *.

    Anyone got a clue on this?

    • On the left, Spire Elite Benefits, enter your Hertz number then submit

      • Nope can’t see it. I am looking on the page called “My Account” nothing there. Nothing on the page listing the benefits “You Deserve Great Rewards”

        Must be advancing age.

        • I registered with hertz yesterday – then went back in and clicked upgrade using my hertz number – now have to wait for 3 weeks to receive an email from hertz to upgrade me to 5*

          • I must be doing something wrong – I have searched high and low and cannot see any place to enter by Hertz number.

            • Lady London says:

              @ aliks The Hertz website is quite retentive. Even clearing your cookies may not make it forget anything you did. I usually reboot as well if I’m working on Hertz. I suppose just switching browser might be worth a try too. In theory Hertz would not see the same cookies then. I’d still reboot as well anyway in the case of Hertz. Many websites also work differently on different browsers.

            • I tried clearing everything, then going to a different machine, same result.

              The web address that you are supposed to go to is:

              but for me this just redirects to the main page. Even though I am a Spire Ambassador, I guess there is some IHG permission missing.

              I’ve logged a call with the IHG people as I would like to use Hertz on a couple of holiday hires in Oman at Easter.

            • I think it was down the left hand side of ‘my account’ – can’t remember what it said tho – gave you the page about hertz – it said if you are not a member apply here and come back and add your hertz number and apply for an upgrade but it will take 3 wks

  5. I got 400 Hertz points several years ago for opening an account, and although the T&Cs say they will expire in 2 years, they haven’t. But since I generally always do prepaid rentals I am unable to earn any more points. (Many prepaid rates are actually fully refundable if you cancel a week in advance)

    800 points for a day seems a good deal but how can I get another 400 points?

    • Lady London says:

      @ John you are right. Up to 7 days ahead I will book prepaid. Nowadays I do need to be more flexible so otherwise I tend to book the local pay-when-you-return-it rate. If I’m making the booking even a month or two ahead there’s a really good chance a better promotion appears too in that time.

      btw Hertz sometimes has useful promos earning Miles&More Lufthsansa points. It’s always worth checking the Miles&More page before you book. They do seem to require the code they give you to be used though to earn the promo rate of points. Their regular rate just for crediting Hertz to Lufthansa is pretty decent anyway. Hertz is one of the few nonflying ways of earning Miles&More points if you’re UK based and don’t have expenditure in Germany.

    • You can still earn Hertz Gold points on pre-paid rentals as long as you’re booking them with Herz. They normally post as zero points but just Tweet them and they’ll fix them for you, sometimes with some bonus points for your trouble too :)

  6. I’m hiring one on Friday for my overnight at CPH before heading to LAX via LHR!

    The rate is approx 5% more expensive than Platinum Amex CDP, not enough to warrant the cost to change! FWIW – CPH hiring a compact estate for 24 hrs works out at £78!!!!!!! However there are 4 of us and we’re looking to do a day in Copenhagen on Friday first!

    O/T Does anyone have any suggestions for reasonably priced secure car-parking in Copenhagen city centre?

    • Roger Wilco says:

      Why on earth would you need a car to spend a day in CPH???

      • Because I’m flying into Cph, staying in Malmö, the car hire is cheaper than train tickets for 4 pax to Copenhagen then back to Malmö for the night before leaving Cph next morning… There is some method in my apparent madness

  7. OT/

    How long does the Transfer from Virgin-> IHG usually take been waiting a week or so, so far.

    Want to book a final night in IC TS before it goes up.

  8. Semi OT

    I’ve just had an email from IHG saying that my points will expire in 90 days… Will a transfer from Virgin extend their life? Being very lazy, does anyone know what the minimum transfer is?