VERY interesting – Accor/Hertz status match AND 1000 Marriott or IHG points for everyone!

A couple of weeks after a non-functioning website went up, a new partnership between Hertz and Le Club AccorHotels has been officially launched.

Accor has previously only worked with Europcar. Adding Hertz is a positive move and broadens your options for crediting Hertz car rentals now that they are no longer an Avios partner.

The key thing here, though, is that Hertz is offering a status match to all Le Club AccorHotels members.  As a large number of HFP readers are top-tier Accor Platinum thanks to their American Express Platinum cards, it means you can walk into Hertz President’s Circle without doing 20 rentals first.  This is worth having.

For the rest of you, this is still worth doing.

Everyone who signs up for Hertz Gold Plus Rewards via the links below will get 900 free Hertz points.  This is good for a one-day car rental or you can transfer them into 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points, 1,000 Marriott Rewards points or 500 miles with a variety of airlines including American and Air Canada.


Here are the full list of benefits under the Hertz / Accor partnership:

Earn 3 Le Club AccorHotels points per Euro spent for every vehicle rental at the eligible rates

Until 31st August, earn 5 Le Club AccorHotels points per Euro spent

Enjoy a 10% discount on the eligible international rates on a wide range of vehicles

Receive a status match based on your Accor tier:

  • Le Club AccorHotels Platinum Members can access directly to Hertz GPR President’s Circle Membership
  • Le Club AccorHotels Gold Members can access directly to Hertz GPR Five Star Membership
  • Le Club AccorHotels Silver Members can access directly to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Membership
  • Le Club AccorHotels Classic Members can access directly to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Membership

Note that this offer is NOT available to US residents.  Everyone else is fine.

Accor Hertz

Is Accor now a good place to credit Hertz rentals?

Potentially yes.

An Accor point gets you 2 Eurocents of Accor hotel discount voucher, as long as you exchange in chunks of 2,000 points.  3 Accor points per €1 is equivalent to getting 6% of your rental cost back in Accor vouchers.

Alternatively, if you set up your Accor account to transfer your points into Iberia Plus, you will earn 3 Avios points per €1 spent.

(I am assuming that Accor automatically transfers partner points to airlines as well as points from hotel stays.  Perhaps a reader could confirm?)

Do NOT transfer Accor points into British Airways Executive Club as the rate is only half as good.

How do I register for my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status match?

There are separate landing pages depending on which Accor tier you belong to:

Platinum – click here to get Hertz President’s Circle membership

Gold – click here to get Hertz Five Star membership

Classic or Silver – click here to get basic Hertz membership

ANYONE can get Classic status simply by signing up for Le Club AccorHotels via this link.  You can then sign up for Hertz Gold Plus Rewards via the link above and claim your 900 free Hertz points.

At no point during the sign up process does it ask for your Accor number.  I can only assume that either Accor will be asked to validate your email or postal address or the cookie carries through from the landing page and Hertz does not do additional checks.

What happens if I am already a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member?

You can get your status upgraded by adding the relevant Hertz CDP code for your Accor status tier (shown via the links above) to your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account.  You will not receive the 900 Hertz points as you are not a new member.

What can I get for 900 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points?

Most people who rent a car from Hertz choose to take airline miles instead of Gold Plus Rewards points.  Some of the deals, such as 1,000 Flying Club miles per rental from Virgin Atlantic, are very generous.

If you opt to earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points, you will earn 1 point per pound/dollar/euro spent excluding multipliers. These can be redeemed for free days on a sliding scale of expense, although the redemption amounts differ by country.

This is the UK points redemption chart:

Hertz UK reward chart

As you can see, the 900 points you get for signing up via the Accor link would get you a one-day UK rental of a small car as long as reward availability was there.  You would need to pay for insurance on top unless you have an all-inclusive policy from or similar, or have an Amex Platinum card which includes free car hire insurance.

Points expire after no account activity within a two year period.  However, you can transfer them for free to your spouse or ‘domestic partner’ by calling.

Perhaps more interestingly, Hertz points can be transferred to these airline and hotel programmes in 600 point blocks:

600 Hertz points = 500 airline miles, 1,200 Southwest Points or 1,000 IHG Rewards Club or Marriott points.  The Accor rate is not stated but I doubt it would be 1,000 points – that seems too generous.  Transfers can be made online from your Hertz account.

Next steps

If you are Accor Platinum, this is a good opportunity to get yourself top tier Hertz status for free.  It may even be worth trading off Avis and the chance to earn Avios points in return for the ‘no queues’ Hertz Presidents Circle experience.

If you have a lower level of Accor status, including the basic status you get for signing up, the attraction here is 900 free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points.  Those will get you a chunk of hotel points or a free days rental of a small car.

The full terms and conditions for the Accor / Hertz partnership can be found here on the Accor site.

(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. Nick Haley says:

    CONFIRMED! “I have upgraded your profile to Presidents Circle and applied 900 Points as
    per your Accor Platimum membership.” – first applied / nudged on 31st July 8pm – confirmed by email now at time of posting. Great. Now hope these ‘guaranteed upgrades’ materialise!

    • I emailed them last week when this first came up and got no reply.

      Emailed again just now and got a response within an hour. My account now shows President’s Circle status, 900 points added.

      Something for nothing is always nice.

      Yesterday I had an email from the Heathrow Rewards 70th birthday competition saying I’ve won a 2 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine at some posh London place. Not exactly a lottery win, but still.

      • I had no reply initially, then 2 days later (after resending) had a reply asking for scan of Accor Plat card. Have sent screenshot, hopefully status upgrade and points will be forthcoming!

  2. Simon Branson says:

    Can you send a link or instructions on how you can transfer the 900 points to IHG points?

    • It is in your Hertz account under one of the profile options.

    • Under My Account -> Use My Points -> Exchange My points

    • I see ,:-My Account -> Use My Points -> Frequent Traveller.

      I shall be interested to see if transferring to IHG does work, since transferring to Marriott is no longer supposed to be an option.

  3. I finally got matched to Presidents status (had issue of having Amex Plat on acct) and got 900 points. Thanks Raffles.

  4. According to Hertz Cust Serv, you CANNOT transfer to Marriott Rewards, even though the option is there in the pull-down menu.

    I have tried several times and nothing happened, asked CS what was wrong, and the quick (good) and simple answer was that it cannot be done.


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