(EDIT, June 2014 – this free credit offer has now expired)
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 24/7 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
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.