2,015 Virgin Flying Club miles for a Hertz rental

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Back in 2013, Hertz and Virgin Atlantic ran a very generous promotion which gave 2,013 Virgin Flying Club miles on a rental.  In theory you were meant to rent for at least three days but it actually paid out irrespective!

A similar offer has just been launched for 2015 – see here on the Hertz website.


Hertz is offering 2,015 Virgin Flying Club miles if you rent for 3 days or more, in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand or Canada, before the end of March. The catches are:

a) you must pay for your booking with a Virgin Atlantic credit card.  I’m not sure if Hertz can accurately track this, to be honest, but this is in the rules.

b) you need to use the Virgin discount codes, which may not necessarily be the cheapest you can access.  History shows that this is not necessary and you will usually get the points using any rate code.

For  rentals of under 3 days or if you have no Virgin credit card, the standard Hertz deal of 1,000 Virgin miles is also attractive.

I don’t expect that many HFP readers will a) have a Virgin credit card and b) need a 3-day Hertz rental before the end of March and c) find the best price to be with the Virgin discount code.

I would still be tempted to credit any Hertz rental to Virgin in any event (Iberia has now dropped them as a partner so there is no Avios option) and see what turns up.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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  1. Unless I ‘Save East Coast Rewards’ I’ll be crediting my East Coast trips to VS Flying Club too (and booking non-East Coast trips elsewhere – if they don’t want to reward me why should they get the commission?) so now the Iberia route to earning Avios is no longer open it makes sense to credit Hertz to VS. Even if I don’t start flying VS regularly I can cash out to Hilton (unless Hertz is a direct Hilton partner, I need to check).

    Some news: myself and Raffles made the papers:

    I also decided to use some of my EC Rewards points in a competition. So if you want a first class East Coast Rewards return enter our competition:

    It’s designed to raise awareness of how poor the Nectar scheme is. The spend required to fund the prize would only have earned £9.20 with Nectar. Assuming a first class return would cost £100 (this of course is on the low side) this would require a whopping 20,000 Nectar points to buy the ticket (£10,000 spend at current rates or £20,000 spend at Sainsbury’s enhanced rates in April).

  2. Hmm – decisions, decisions! Have a one-day rental in Oz this weekend, currently set to UA MileagePlus for 500 points (will help extend expiry and have a healthy VS balance already) – can’t decide whether to risk the switched or not!

    @SaveECRewards – nice job on the article, sums things up well and they look pretty silly at the end although still keep hanging on to their ‘research’!

    • I was particularly happy to find out they spoke to Raffles too. I was going to suggest it but didn’t need to, wonder if she already knew of HfP or if she discovered it through one of the plugs on my site.

      I wonder if passenger focus will get anywhere?

      CrossCountry has sent out a survey to their subscribers. I wonder if they’re trying to seize the opportunity and set up a loyalty scheme. It asks if you’re a member of East Coast Rewards and proposes a scheme across the Arriva/Deutsche Bahn UK franchises.

      Basically they seem to be following my suggestions to Stagecoach/Virgin and applying them to their own franchise.

  3. Is there any convenient way to find out about all airmiles (or hotelpoints?) offers of all the major car rental companies, without spending a lot of time of research on each companies site? Also is it possible to do a price comparison search for car rentals?

    • If you click on Avis and Hertz in the ‘Categories’ menu, bottom right, you will bring up my past articles. The Club Carlson / Avis deal is very good.

  4. It will be interesting to see if anyone gets the 2015 in addition to the standard 1000. The last time they ran this campaign i had about 6 rentals during the promotional period and i got both on every one. The big advantage last time was it was a one day rental so if you could find a cheap one day rental it was worth it for 3000 points

    • Someone I know was booking a series of sub-£20 one-way rentals in London from one Hertz to another, then getting another car and going to another Hertz, and so on, finally looping back to the Hertz where he started (with a totally different car).

  5. Can this be done retrospectively? I had a few bookings in January

    • If you didn’t credit the bookings to anyone, you can retroclaim points via a form on the Hertz website. Hertz will assume the rental office failed to enter the number.

  6. Very useful to know about the Virgin promo. Would be great if Head for Points could more frequently cover how to get the most miles out of car rentals–badly in need of more advice!

    • Click on Avis and Hertz in the categories and you will see other articles including pieces on which hotel schemes let you credit car rentals. There are some Avis promos with Iberia and BA which I will also cover soon.

  7. just reading the promo again. Does it have to be 3 days?

  8. Pity I have a job this time.

  9. I had a one day rental with Hertz in Australia and they awarded me 1,100 VS miles. This was on a $50 (£25) rental using the Amex Plat code. Not bad given the alternative of 33 Hertz points!

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