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United just announced a new, deeper partnership with Hertz that offers special privileges to holders of the $450 per year United Club credit card and the no longer issued Presidential Plus card.
All cardholders, as well as all Premier 1K and Platinum members will be able to sign up for Hertz President’s Circle status effective January 1, 2015.
And Premier Gold and Silver members get Hertz Five Star status.
Hertz President’s Circle is the 2nd tier in Hertz’ elite rental program, just above its Five Star status. It guarantees a one-car class upgrade at all U.S. locations (to a maximum level of a full size vehicle), while Five Star status only includes space available upgrades. Though in reality you often have to beg at the counter for your ‘guaranteed’ upgrade.
This is a good news / bad news situation.
For United Club cardholders it’s an upgrade as before you received Avis First status, which only includes space available upgrades.
But for United Presidential Plus cardholders this is a bit of a downgrade.
If you have a Presidential Plus card you were able to get Avis’ President’s Club status, which included a double upgrade on rentals, all the way up to Luxury class cars. That benefit will last until the end of 2015 (so you have a year to take advantage of both Avis and Hertz status).
In our experience, the Avis President’s Club program is more reliable for car upgrades than Hertz President’s Circle thanks to the double upgrade option.
How does it compare to others?
This is stronger than the benefit The Platinum Card from American Express offers, which is just Hertz Five Star status, but The Platinum Card also includes access to National’s Executive Club which gives you a guaranteed upgrade on every rental.
More mile earning
Additionally, as of November 1st you can earn more miles on Hertz rentals, up to 1,250 miles per rental if you’re a Platinum or higher member of MileagePlus.
And all Chase MileagePlus cardholders earn 750 miles per rental instead of the base 500 miles, a nice bump if you’re not a Premier member of United MileagePlus.
The bad news is you won’t earn miles for renting at any other car rental company. It’s now exclusively for Hertz rentals and those at its owned brands Dollar and Thrifty.
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