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Win your share of one million Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points with their Summer competition

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Hertz has launched a Summer-long competition giving away one million Gold Plus Rewards points.

Until 17th September Gold Plus Rewards members can win themselves a share of the prize – and the more rentals you make the more chances you get of winning.

You can also enter simply by signing up for Gold Plus Rewards – no rentals necessary.

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How does Hertz Gold Plus Rewards work?

We (well, reader Charlieface) recently wrote a comprehensive review of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards scheme which you can find here.

In short the earning rate is 1 point per $1 or equivalent, based on your base rate before taxes, insurance and location surcharges.

You can earn on rentals in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Finland and Benelux.  Franchised locations (not owned by Hertz corporate) are often NOT included for earning or redeeming.  Bookings made via online travel agents and consolidators are also non-qualifying.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards is based on fixed price rewards, which vary from country to country – see here.

Looking at the European chart, the best redemptions in our view are Compact (class C) and Intermediate (class D) cars which cost:

  • 900 points for one weekday
  • 800 / 1200 points for one / two weekend days respectively
  • 2800 points for one week

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The competition

Throughout the Summer, Hertz is running a great competition giving away a total of 1 million Gold Plus Rewards points.

Luckily, they aren’t giving all the points to one person.  1,111 free rental days would probably be too many.

Instead, there are a total of 436 prizes to be won.

135 weekly winners will receive one of the prizes below:

  • 1 reward week rental (2,800 points)
  • 1 reward weekend rental (1,200 points) or
  • 1 reward rental day (900 points)

All entries remain in the draw until the end of competition period.  301 grand prizes will then be drawn:

  • 1st prize: 1 winner of 291,200 points
  • 2nd prizes: 100 winners of 1 reward week rental (2,800 points)
  • 3rd prizes: 100 winners of 1 reward weekend rental (1,200 points)
  • 4th prizes: 100 winners of 1 reward rental day (900 points)

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How to enter

There are many ways of entering the competition.  However, in order to enter you must be a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member.

If you aren’t a member yet, you will get five prize draw entries simply for joining Gold Plus Rewards.  There is absolutely no requirement to rent in order to enter.  The link to join is here – see the top right corner.

Both new and existing members can get an additional five prize draw entries for opting in to receive marketing e-mail updates from Hertz.

Entries with Hertz bookings:

You MUST register via this site before your rentals start.  It is worth registering now if you think you have may have a Hertz rental coming up between now and mid September.

You will get:

  • 1 entry with every non-Premium vehicle rental
  • 5 entries with every Premium vehicle rental

If you pay with a Mastercard you will get double entries on each booking.

The last day to pick up a car and be entered into the prize draw is 10th September. The car has to be returned by 17th September.

You can enter if you live in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway or Denmark.

Remember that even if you have no car rental planned at present, you can get five entries into the competition simply for signing up for Hertz Gold Plus Rewards for free.  The link is here.

If you are already a member of Gold Plus Rewards, you must register here.

Good luck.


How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards

How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 the Hertz / Platinum 4 hour grace period 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 linked below. You can apply here for the personal card and here for the business card.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 in our review. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

Comments (18)

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  • Andy says:

    F**k hertz. They recently wiped my 5000 odd points….despite still being a presidents circle. No warning prior to it happening, and no notification afterwards – only realised when I went to make a redemption booking using what I thought was my carefully saved points. I’ve had health issues so not really travelled at all in the last 18 months.

    • Tony says:

      Well that’s a bit harsh. Points expire after no activity for 18 months – they were hardly picking on you to be fair.

    • Jamesay says:

      Agreed they wiped 35000 from my account on similar circumstances. A poorly worded rude retort from some key monkey gave me the signal to ditch them after many years.

      Also ! I just looked and you DO have to make rentals to be entered into the competition!

      Double f*ck hertz !

      • xcalx says:

        A friend of mine lost 19 BMI family accounts with 38k in each of them. He found them under a pile of pizza flyers 3 week after the deadline to transfer to BAEC.

        A walk down memory lane for the old BMIers remember the 5k sign up for new Russian members LOL you could have 2 in each HH

      • Omar s says:

        Hertz makes it abundantly clear that points expire after 18 months of no activity.

        So your “losing 35000 point under similar circumstances” was no one else’s fault but yours!

  • Lady London says:

    Wish I hadn&t rented with Hertz so far this year then. Very biased to new joiners. Not that it matters. This is a lottery type promotion so not much chance of winning anyway. Tellme if a small birthday cake comed out and you are told it’s going to be cut into 100 pieces, are you motivated?

    Let’s also note that in other main countries Hertz has just devalued existing points members earned in their rewards scheme. I cannot imagine thèm not doing that very soon in uk and europe too. All in all I’m a bit wary of doing more bookings with Hertz right now.

    I’m starting to look at putting my bookings to Europcar. Have also made a note to look at Sixt which gets excellent feedback.

    • ADS says:

      “very biased to new joiners” … i was trying to work that one out …

      if i already have a Hertz account i can get 5 entries by signing up for junk mail … but if i open a new account (and sign up for junk) i get 10 entries !

      great way to make your existing members feel valued !!

  • hertz donut says:

    Both new and existing members can get an additional five prize draw entries for opting in to receive marketing e-mail updates from Hertz.

    Where?

    • Rob says:

      I am guessing you need to log in and change the contact details in your profile?

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        11 rentals in June and start of July to date

        1 planned fr next 2 months 😥

  • Dimitri says:

    I thought to give Hertz a try after getting status via IHG Spire. After at least one hour trying to sign up, still no luck. Their head of IT should be be very proud.

  • John says:

    I am very pleased with Hertz contrary to some other readers. I am now holding a President’s Circle status due to the HSBC World Elite card. My best example was in Malta where someone hit my car in the car park and drove off. Hertz were so understanding that they didn’t charge me anything even though they were entitled to of course. Everywhere I rent I get great upgrades and other freebies. My only disappointment is with the countries in which they operate under a franchise such as Israel. There they don’t grant any points but all other perks are offered.

  • S says:

    OT: Is the Platinum Additional Card also made out of metal? I have an urge to request a plastic card as a rail ticket machine in Japan just choked on the metal one.

  • Omar s says:

    You should include notice that this promo.is not available to Hertz Gold Plus members in the USA.

    • Frenske says:

      “You can enter if you live in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway or Denmark.”

      I don’t see USA in this list.

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