As Hertz is not a British Airways Avios partner, you need to find an alternative home for the rewards you earn on your Hertz car rentals.
Our preferred deal is with Virgin Flying Club, where you can earn 1,000 Virgin Atlantic miles on most Hertz rentals. Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
There is, however, a little known partnership between Hertz and IHG Rewards Club – the Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc hotel scheme – which is surprisingly generous.
IHG Rewards Club offers Spire Elite members status with Hertz – click to read my article explaining how it works – which is an extra incentive to book.
Here are the headline details:
You will earn 1,500 IHG Rewards Club points per rental
125 IHG Rewards Club points per day for non-status members, or
500 IHG Rewards Club points per day for Gold, Platinum or Spire Elite members
This is pretty generous, especially for Gold, Platinum or Spire Elite members who are guaranteed at least 2,000 points per rental.
Perhaps more importantly, it seems that this is one of the few partner earning opportunities which still count towards earning IHG Rewards Club status.
Here are the snags:
You must book via this link on this page of the IHG website
You must include the IHG CDP in your booking – this means that, whilst you benefit from the IHG discount of up to 35%, you are excluded from any more generous deals you may be able to access
Let’s assume that you value IHG points at 0.4p each, as I do. A 2-day rental for a status member would earn you 2,500 points which is £10 of value. A week-long rental would get you 5,000 points valued at £20.
This compares well with the Virgin Atlantic deal, assuming you value 1,000 miles at £10.
As long as the IHG discount rate throws up a good price, this is one of the better hotel / car hire tie-ups and one you should try to remember.
(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.)