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Last month, United announced a new partnership with Hertz, giving holders of its premium credit cards, the United Club Card and the United Presidential Plus Card, access to Hertz President’s Circle status starting January 1, 2015.
That’s a level that provides several benefits including:
In fact, it sells this level of membership for $499 to its loyalty program members.
But in the process of adding this Hertz benefit, United ended its relationship with Avis and other car rental companies.
Avis matters because United Club Card holders received free entry level Avis First elite status and United Presidential Plus cardholders received free mid-level Avis President’s Club status. The United Presidential Plus card is no longer open to new applicants, though some Club Card holders have had luck switching.
The good news is although the Avis relationship is ending, there will be a year of overlap, and Avis elite benefits will be valid through all of 2015 for cardholders who are signed up by December 31, 2014, according to the Avis website.
So you’ll be able to enjoy both Avis and new Hertz benefits for all of 2015.
Avis President’s Club status for Presidential Plus cardholders is especially useful because it offers double upgrades on Avis rentals, and users of its benefit find it more reliable than the equivalent Hertz status that United will be offering.
So for Presidential Plus cardholders the loss of Avis President’s Club in 2016 will be a bit of a downgrade. But for United Club Card holders moving from bottom tier (Avis First) to middle tier (Hertz President’s Circle) status is a win.
Either way, don’t cancel your Presidential Plus card just yet so you can take advantage of the full additional year of Avis benefits.
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