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How to earn miles and points with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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How can you earn frequent flyer miles or hotel points with Enterprise Rent-A-Car?

Compared to Hertz or Avis, Enterprise is definitely in the second tier when it comes to earning rewards in airline or hotel programmes. However, you can’t let the tail wag the dog, and you may find yourself somewhere where Enterprise is the most convenient or cheapest option regardless.

For a UK resident, you can see the partners available on this page of the Enterprise website.

earn miles and points with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

What are the best Enterprise Rent-A-Car partners?

The problem is that none of the partners are very generous, frankly.

Our favourite car rental reward is the partnership between Hertz and Virgin Atlanticsee here. You will earn 1,000 Virgin Points per rental, which is potentially worth £10 if you spend the points wisely.

You can only dream of such a return from a short Enterprise rental.

Here are your options:

Virgin Flying Club

You earn 100 Virgin Points per day, with a cap of 1,200 points per rental. I would value this at £1 per day. Full details are on the Enterprise site here and the Virgin Atlantic site here.

Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards is the hotel loyalty scheme for Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, Park Plaza and Park Inn.

You earn 300 Radisson Rewards points per rental. This is incredibly poor, given that I value a Radisson point at 0.33p. You are looking at earning £1 of points, irrespective of the length of your trip. However, if you have a Radisson Rewards account and do not currently collect miles with Virgin Atlantic or Lufthansa, it might be your best chance to get a reward you would actually use.

You can find out more on the Enterprise site here. Oddly it is not promoted on the Radisson Rewards car rental partners page here.

earn miles and points with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Flying Blue

Flying Blue is the Air France and KLM airline loyalty scheme.

Interestingly, Flying Blue is a revenue based partnership. You earn 4 miles for every €1 or equivalent you spend with Enterprise.

There is no cap, which makes this a good option for longer higher-priced rentals. Take a careful look at the small print about which charges do and do not count when calculating your ‘qualifying’ spend.

Turkish Miles & Smiles

This option is less likely to be of use to a UK resident. You earn 100 Miles & Smiles miles per rental day, with a maximum of 1000 per rental.


As you can see, Enterprise has a thin range of partners if you book via the UK site.

As none are offering huge sums of miles, I would recommend taking points in a scheme where you are already collecting, irrespective of how good or bad the rate. It is better than having a few ‘orphan’ miles in another programme which end up expiring, unused.

If you have balances in any non-European frequent flyer programmes, it is worth looking at Enterprise websites in other countries. There may be other options available.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK home page is here.

How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (March 2023)

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:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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, and apply, in our review:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

Comments (9)

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  • Rob H not Rob says:

    Are the £1 one way airport runs still a thing?

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Thoughts on Enterprise Plus? I have a handful of points but no idea what they or worth or how to use them.

  • Nick says:

    Enterprise may not have points as an attraction but they are the only car hire company I will use. In an industry filled with horror stories, to have a service-led company that treats customers fairly and doesn’t screw them over as SOP counts for more than any number of points or rewards.

    • RussellH says:

      I would agree that I have generally had good service from Enterprise, much better in the UK than the USA though.
      The time some years ago when the manager did not have a member of staff free to take us back to the station, so gave me cash for the taxi that he ordered.
      What was my local depot which was happy to come and pick me up from home nearly 15 miles away, then bring me back again.
      My new local depot which said that they were short of staff to pick me up, but did deliver to the door instead.
      They also delivered a panel van to the house (which we wanted for our house move), following an accident to our own van.
      They are not perfect, things do not always work out and there were times last autumn when phones were not getting answered.
      But certainly, never been screwed over.

    • Dace says:

      I agree. Enterprise wipes the floor with the other car rental services with their customer service. I’ve never had any issues with them and they always go the extra mile if there are any issues.

    • Travel Strong says:

      +1 we have just moved our corporate account to Enterprise (after woeful performance from Avis corporate) and every experience has been excellent!

    • James Harper says:

      I agree, just had excellent service from them yet again, this time in Canada where not only was the service great, the pricing was too and their locations beat all others.

  • Tony says:

    I agree with Nick’s comment, they are the most customer focussed and run a newer fleet.
    You can also credit rentals to HHonors.

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