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How does the Hertz car rental benefit for Amex Gold cardholders work?

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American Express and Hertz have a long standing partnership that gets American Express Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders extra benefits when renting a car.

We cover the car hire element of The Platinum Card quite often on Head for Points, because the benefits are strong. Platinum comes with free car hire insurance, Hertz Plus Gold Rewards Five Star status and an intriguing Hertz deal where you last rental day counts as 28 hours long.

We have never looked at the Hertz benefit for Amex Gold cardholders in detail, however.

What are the benefits of the Hertz / Amex Gold partnership?

The Hertz / Amex Gold landing page on the American Express website is here.

These are benefits on offer:

  • 10% off best available rates at participating locations worldwide
  • One car class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability
  • Additional driver fee waived

Car rentals in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Taiwan are excluded from the offer. Rentals within Japan are eligible for a reduced discount of 5%, a complimentary additional driver but no vehicle upgrade.

How to save 10% on Hertz car rentals with Amex

To make use of the discount you must enrol in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards via the American Express portal here.

If you are already enrolled in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards you must add the CDP code #705500 to your profile.

To complete the offer you must also register a valid Amex Gold card as the form of payment in your Hertz Gold Plus Reward membership profile.

Once registered you can book car rentals on the Hertz website or on the phone to receive your discount and benefits.

Existing bookings are not eligible for the offer but if you haven’t pre-paid it is worth checking whether cancelling and re-booking will save you any money.

The additional driver benefit may be more valuable

In truth, there are plenty of Hertz discount codes available via various travel partners. We have always liked the Virgin Atlantic deal because you receive 1,000 Virgin Points however short your rental.

The ‘additional driver’ benefit DOES offer real value for a couple. It is harder to get this for free and it can be laughably expensive.

I always fail to see the justification for charging for this at all, since alternating long drives across two people should be safer and something to be encouraged.

The upgrade benefit has no real value

Different people treat car rental upgrades in different ways. If you need a certain size car because of your luggage requirements, you need to book it in advance. You can’t rely on an ‘if available’ upgrade.

Some people are also unhappy driving larger cars than they are used to, especially when it comes to parking. An upgrade can be a problem at times.

In any event, irrespective of how your booked or your status with the car rental company, you are far more likely to be get an upgrade when renting compared to flying or checking into a hotel.

Conclusion

The Hertz benefit is a relatively low-key part of the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold package.

The 10% discount is nice to have if you can’t find a better deal – although you probably can – but the real value seems to be in the ‘free additional driver’ benefit.

PS. Remember that Avis offers a ‘free additional driver’ to anyone who books via the British Airways portal here.


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Comments (22)

  • BrianB says:

    Talking about upgrades. In Honolulu in 2019 I booked the cheapest car type for a day trip drive eg Ford Fiesta and got upgraded to the most expensive car type ie convertible. Good result!! A one off I’m sure.

    • Doug M says:

      The shorter the rental the more likely a nice upgrade. Almost all my one or two day rentals you get something different to what you rented, and usually nicer.
      Another common thing particularly on one way rentals is to get a nicer car because it’s left there from a previous one way rental, and that branch can dump the problem of return on another branch.

  • Self-driven says:

    Status no guarantee of a smooth ride. As IHG Spire, I am also Hertz Five Star and, as correctly recorded in the HfP reference article by Charlieface, it yields no particular benefit.
    I missed an inbound flight on a Saturday evening, and discovered the Hertz desks at Gatwick do not answer the phone. Turned up there on Sunday, having missed my pre-booked car, and they wanted my National Insurance number, which I do not carry with me. I obtained it from home, over the phone at length. They gave me a chunky upgrade and two bills, the second crediting my Saturday, missed hire under ‘miscellaneous’ as a ‘voucher.’ Unsurprisingly, I cannot claim reimbursement for a ‘voucher,’ but only for ‘hire of car.’ On request, customer service at Hertz, and Kundendienst Deutschland at Hertz, were unable to bill me for hire of car; [email protected] did so eventually. Yes, they gave me a car when I needed it, but the ensuing paper trail took a month to sort out.

  • AlanC says:

    I will not touch this lot again. With 3500 points expiring I booked a points one day weekend rental last summer. Got to Edinburgh airport location and it was closed. Called ‘helpline’ and they could do nothing. They cancelled the reservation as a no show and the points expired a fee days later

  • Max says:

    Do you have to pay with the Amex Gold card? – given FX fees abroad?

    • Terry says:

      The terms state that the booking must be made on an American Express card, yes. A prepaid rate isn’t always available, or your preference.

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