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One Mile at a Time reported earlier about a Hertz status match that is currently being offered to Marriott Bonvoy® elite members. I currently rent with Emerald and Avis and have no intentions of requesting this match because, frankly, I don’t trust Hertz (more on that later), but here are the details of the offer.
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards elite status is being offered to higher-level Marriott Bonvoy® elite members.
If you’re interested in a status match, you can go here to complete the request. Interestingly, there is no date you need to register by and it does not state how long status will last.
Here are the perks of holding status with Hertz:
This offer is similar to what Delta Air Lines and Hertz have been offering all year (that offer is actually a little more enticing as you also earn additional miles based on status).
With the Delta offer:
- Diamond Medallion Members will receive President’s Circle® status
- Platinum Medallion Members will receive President’s Circle® status
- Gold Medallion Members will receive Five Star® status
- Silver Medallion Members will receive Five Star® status
Why I Won’t Be Taking Advantage:
Hertz went bankrupt during the pandemic and reemerged in 2021. This is not enough to make me uncomfortable with them as many businesses do this to restructure and handle debt. What I do take issue with is the number of incidents that occurred with law enforcement around “stolen vehicles.” Hertz had many people wrongfully arrested and it had to pay a $168 million settlement (read more here). It also refused to rent a car to a man from Puerto Rico without his passport (the agent would not accept that Puerto Ricans are US citizens).
I’ll stick with National and Avis. I have status with both of those rental car agencies and they have met my needs for years. If you hold The Platinum Card® from American Express, you can get Executive Status in National’s Emerald Club (find the terms and conditions and enroll here).
Anthony’s Take: This is an easy way to get status if you are an elite member with Marriott Bonvoy® and want it with Hertz. I won’t be taking advantage as I’m happy with National and Avis (and don’t trust Hertz).
Anthony’s Credit Card Pick: I love all of the benefits and especially the lounges where The Platinum Card® from American Express grants me access. It has had a prominent place in my wallet for many years now. While it does have an annual fee of $695, it provides many travel benefits and will always be my go-to for lounge access (both Delta Sky Clubs® and Centurion Lounges) and booking airfare from the airlines to earn 5x points (up to $500,000 per calendar year). Learn more. Rates & Fees. Terms apply.
(Featured Photo Credit: Hertz.)
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