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If you live in London or another large metropolitan area, you are probably familiar with Zipcar or City Car Club. These schemes allow you to rent a car for £6-£7 per hour, from on-street car parking bays.

If you live in Central London, as we do, you probably have 10 Zipcar bays within a 10-15 minute walk of where you live.

Hertz 24

Zipcar was bought by Avis earlier in the year. Hertz has responded with its own, more limited version, called Hertz 24/7.

Hertz 24/7 has just launched in the UK. Unlike Zipcar, which has deals with local authorities to use converted on-street parking bays, Hertz 24/7 is generally restricted to basing cars at its own depots. It has also teamed up with B&Q and NCP to base a number of cars in their car parks.

(You can see the snag here, of course. If you can’t walk to your nearest Hertz depot or participating B&Q store or NCP car park, then this is hardly likely to be convenient for you. I would be faced with walking down to the Hertz at Victoria Station, passing about 10 Zipcar locations on the way.)

The good news is that Hertz is offering £20 of driving credit if you decide to give Hertz 24/7 a try before 31st July. Unlike Zipcar, membership of Hertz 24/7 is free, so you only pay for the driving time you need.

To claim your £20 of driving credit, you need to follow two steps:

Join Hertz Gold Plus Rewards for free, here

then

Join Hertz 24/7 here. Use Hertz 24/7 promotional code 1265 to ensure your £20 of free credit is applied. (You can also look at the map at this link to see if there is a suitable location near you.)

Intriguingly, you can also earn Hertz Gold Rewards points with Hertz 24/7. The rate is only 1 point per US$1 equivalent spent, but that would add up with regular usage. Points can be redeemed for standard Hertz rentals or converted into a number of airline (not BA, sadly) or hotel programmes.


How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (January 2023)

If you hire a car in the UK, you can get special benefits (discounts, upgrades, free additional drivers etc) if you have elite status with a car rental programme. You can get elite status for free via certain American Express cards.

The Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum

The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum come with two free car hire status cards. Your supplementary Platinum cardholder can also receive status in their own right.

From Avis, you receive President’s Club status in Avis Preferred. This gets you up to 25% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a guaranteed one class upgrade. For weekend rentals you will receive a two class upgrade, subject to availability.

From Hertz, you receive ‘Five Star’ status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. This gets you up to 15% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a one class upgrade, subject to availability.

Hertz also offers Platinum cardholders a 4 hour grace period on rentals. Your final day is treated as 28 hours, so a 1pm pick up with a 5pm return the following day is only charged as one day, not two days. We wrote about this offer here.

The Platinum Card also comes with full car hire insurance with no obligation to pay for the rental via American Express. You can refuse any attempts to sell you additional insurance at pick up. This benefit has substantial value if you rent on a regular basis.

You can find more details on the two Platinum cards, and apply, in our full reviews:

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is an excellent card in its own right. You receive 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up (convert to 20,000 Avios amongst other things), four airport lounge passes and £120 of Deliveroo credit. Even better, your first year is free.

There are two car rental benefits:

  • you receive Preferred Plus status in Avis Preferred
  • you receive a special package with Hertz – 10% off best available rates at participating locations, a one class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability, and no additional driver fees

Find out more about the benefits of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, and apply, in our review:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

Comments (14)

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  • Adam says:

    Just looking through there FAQs, they say you need to pay the congestion charge.. but what happens if you pick up the car from Russel Square or Victoria, surely those cars are exempt?

    • Rob says:

      Victoria is certainly exempt because we rent normal Hertz cars from there.

      I didn’t see that congestion charge bit. Not sure that can be right, as car clubs are usually exempt. Zipcar certainly don’t charge.

  • thesaver79 says:

    This is great… Unfortunately they claim you need to have held a car insurance for at least a year, and I’ve never been insured in this country!

  • Nick Burch says:

    Looks like Oxford is covered too. My ZipCar membership is up for renewal in a week, and unlike Raffles my nearest Hertz depot is only a couple of minutes further walk than where my nearest zipcars are. I think I’ll probably cancel the ZipCar, try Hertz 24/7 for a month or so, and at the worst case sign back up to ZipCar with a fresh signup bonus!

  • Sandgrounder says:

    Can you use this service for a one way rental? I can’t find a definitive answer on the website, not without registering anyway. If so, it would be an excellent option for LHR-LGW or LGW-LHR transfers.

    • Rob says:

      Very unlikely, because the car will have been booked by another customer for the adjacent slot.

  • Sandgrounder says:

    I’m sure the system could be set up to manage the inventory correctly, in the US they actually advertise this product as a way to drive to the airport: http://www.hertzondemand.com/NewYork/en-US/About/Oneway

    The UK Ts&Cs say:
    ‘Certain vehicles and locations may become available for one-way rentals. These will be identified on the Hertz 247 website.’

    Might be rolled out in the future?

  • Max says:

    Do we have to use the £20 credit by a certain date?

    • Nick Burch says:

      ZipCar normally only give you a month to use sign-up promotional credit, so I’d guess at something similar, but until they process the applications we won’t know! (I you can talk ZipCar into giving you a credit at renewal time, that’ll normally have a year’s validitity on it)

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