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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.

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.

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.

earn miles and points with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Turkish Miles & Smiles

This option is less likely to be of use to a UK resident. You earn a flat 500 Miles & Smiles miles per rental.

There is also Hilton Honors

Enterprise US has a deal with Hilton Honors which also works for UK rentals. As far as I can tell, you need to book via the Hilton website here.

You will earn 500 Hilton Honors points per rental, worth a grand total of £1.66 given our 0.33p valuation of a Hilton point.

Conclusion

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

How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (May 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 a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

Comments (15)

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  • The Original David says:

    Are these instead of the normal Enterprise Plus points, or is it a double dip? Enterprise Plus is the only rental company where I’ve actually managed to redeem points for a free rental day before they expire or devalue. c.f. Hertz…

  • Conor Mc says:

    Hilton offering up to 5,000 points for 10+ day rentals currently
    https://www.hilton.com/en/offers/car-rental/

  • Chancer says:

    Hi Rob. There are a couple of potentially better earning options with Enterprise, who I use regularly because of a particular convenient pick-up location.

    1. Hilton Honors points – 1000 for a 1 day hire, 1500 for a 2 day hire, 2000 for a 3 day hire and so on…until 5000 for 9 days or more.
    2. Free days through National Emerald – even though I’m (nearly) a Hilton only man, this is my preferred option. Due to the association between Enterprise and National, can credit the hires to National, and work towards earning a free day, which can then be used with Enterprise or National. They last till the December of the following year, and are really handy for short hires where prices are high.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks. Weird Enterprise doesn’t list that.

    • memesweeper says:

      does (1) require booking through the Hilton portal?

      • Rob says:

        Seems so as far as I can see?

      • Chancer says:

        Yes, and there is a little Brucie bonus in doing so…I never bothered calculating the percentage, and it might be dynamic anyway, but it always seems to shave a couple of quid off the price seen on the Enterprise site. It’s so reliable I don’t even bother going to their site anymore, just go straight on to Hilton’s.

        • Chancer says:

          PS: Another advantage is you get better booking modification rights this way.

          • Conor Mc says:

            What are the better booking mod rights, if you don’t mind me asking? I was trying to figure out even cancellation rights the other day and couldn’t really find what I was looking for.

  • Chancer says:

    To Conor MC: through Hilton, can modify the reservation pretty much right up to the last minute, subject of course to what stock is actually in the yard. A couple of times I’ve modified a reservation online an hour or two before pick-up to make it a different day, without penalty. Price adjusts of course, but no issue. I’ve also changed the pick-up time to later in the day (and adjusted the time on the return date to suit, so no extra days charged).

    My experience previously, with Enterprise directly, was having to get on the phone and it taking a while to achieve the same thing, with them making it sound like they’re doing you a favour and you owe them one.

  • renwaldo says:

    I made some bookings assuming (naively) that I would receive this. Turns out, buried deep in the T&Cs is the line “Offer only valid on UK Domestic Rentals only”. Seems pretty sneaky. Also to add, I made the booking whilst in Ireland and on my AMEX statement it seems to have been processed by Hertz RAC Wexford, bizarrely

  • Chancer says:

    Rob, I noticed you updated the article re: Hilton, but you’ve said 500 points per rental, which is not accurate. It’s 500 base points per rental, plus an additional 500 bonus points per day of the rental, but subject to a maximum of 4500 bonus points/5000 total points for a rental of 9 days or longer.

    • Rob says:

      This is what it says:

      “Base Offer: Earn 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points for every completed Qualifying Rental as defined below. Non-US Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

      Bonus Offer: Earn an additional 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per rental day, up to 4,500 Bonus Points, per Qualifying Rental booked through this site (Hilton.com). Hilton Bonus Points earned are based on the length of the Qualifying Rental based on the table below. Offer valid for rentals reserved on 01/01/2023 or after and completed by 12/31/2023.”

      …. so offer now over in theory.

  • tw33ty says:

    Only time I use them now is when I have an Amex offer and it’s a business hire, as I find the cars from them older, much higher mileage and generally poorer condition than other rent brands.

    I’d never use them for personal car hire.

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