German car rental group SIXT is currently promoting a status match opportunity for elite members of Marriott Bonvoy.
It’s worth a look, and I also want to remind you of a similar status match opportunity if you have Virgin Atlantic status.
I took advantage of a SIXT status match in 2021 via my Virgin Atlantic Gold status. It did genuinely provide the best price I could find for what I needed.
I am normally more of a Hertz guy, mainly due to the American Express Platinum 4-hour grace period, but on this particular occasion SIXT had the best deal.
What is SIXT offering to Marriott Bonvoy elite members?
Take a look at this page of the SIXT website.
Marriott Bonvoy Silver and Gold Elite = Gold SIXT Card:
- Up to 10% discount on SIXT rent a car or SIXT rent a truck and up to 5% discount on SIXT limousine service
- Preferred Mobility: Forgot to book your rental car? No problem. SIXT prioritizes your reservation when calling up to 48 hours prior to your rental start.
The official list of Gold benefits is here.
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and Titanium = Platinum SIXT Card:
- Up to 15% discount on SIXT rent a car or SIXT rent a truck and up to 10% discount on SIXT limousine service
- Free upgrade to the next car group
- Preferred Mobility: Forgot to book your rental car? No problem. SIXT prioritizes your reservation when calling up to 24 hours prior to your rental start.
The official list of Platinum benefits is here.
How many Marriott Bonvoy points do you earn with a rental?
Not many, to be honest.
You earn a flat 750 Marriott Bonvoy points (which we’d value at £3.75) with every rental. It’s not a great return.
Even worse …. you do not earn points or miles on prepaid rentals. This rule is tucked away in the small print and easy to miss, as I found on my 2021 rental.
Got Virgin Atlantic elite status?
SIXT runs a similar deal for Virgin Atlantic elite cardholders.
Details are on this page of the Virgin Atlantic site.
You will see a link to this page which talks about non-existent ‘Flying Club Royal Blue Members’! However (on desktop) swipe left or right on that paragraph and it brings up the match for Silver and Gold members.
Virgin Flying Club Silver members receive Gold SIXT status, whilst Flying Club Gold members receive Platinum SIXT status.
You will receive 500 Virgin Points for every SIXT rental but, again, you don’t earn anything on prepaid rates.
You won’t be planning to get elite status from SIXT because you are getting a huge range of elite benefits or because you are being swamped with airline or hotel loyalty points, because you’re not.
You get it because the 10% (for Gold) or 15% (for Platinum) saving for elite members is a genuine discount and can be valuable in my experience.
How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (September 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:
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: