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Use Amex Points For Hertz Rentals–Partnership With Hertz And American Express

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Hertz and American Express have partnered up to allow American Express Membership Rewards Points to be used for rental cars. In this post we’ll illustrate how members can redeem their Membership Rewards Points for rental cars with Hertz.

To reserve your car rental, you can redeem your Membership Rewards Points that you can earn from one of many American Express credit cards:

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How To Reserve Hertz Rental Car

Step 1: Log-In To your American Express Account

Log-in and navigate to Use Points>Travel>Car & Rail

American Express Travel Partner Options

Step 2: Select Certificate Option

Then select which Hertz certificate option you prefer.

  • 5,000 points for $50 off
  • 7,500 points for $75 off
  • 10,000 points for $100 off
  • 20,000 points for $200 off

Hertz And American Express Redemption Rates

Even though the redemption value isn’t great at $0.01 cents per point, the certificates can be issued as an eGift. That means you can get started booking your Hertz rental.

American Express Membership Rewards Cards

If you don’t have Membership Rewards points, consider one of the following cards to earn points in the Membership Rewards program. Membership Rewards Points can be transferred to travel partners, used for statement credit, or used for travel including rental car options with Hertz.

Terms And Conditions

  • Limit of three certificates of any denomination are allowed per rental.
  • Certificates are valid at participating Hertz corporate locations worldwide.
  • The U.S. Dollar amount stated above will be valued in local currency when you surrender the certificate at the time and place of rental.
  • Advance reservations are required. For International rentals, reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to departure from the U.S.
  • Certificate number(s) can only be used one time.
  • For International rentals, certificates apply to non-prepaid Affordable rates (i.e. rates for U.S. residents renting at international locations) and require a minimum rental of 5 days and a maximum rental of 21 days.
  • For international rentals, driver must present a valid driver’s license held for at least one year prior to rental.
  • Offer is for U.S. residents only.
  • Certificates are generally valid for 6 months from the date of issuance. Certificates may be valid for longer than 6 months in accordance with applicable state law.

Bottom Line

Hertz and American Express have partnered up to allow American Express Membership Rewards Points to be used for rental cars. Granted, the redemption value is capped at $0.01 per point.

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  • Points with a Crew January 25, 2014, 6:51 am

    Seems like a better option would be to get a cash back card like the Barclay Arrivals rather than “wasting” your Amex points on Hertz

  • The Weekly Flyer January 25, 2014, 7:00 am

    PWAC – Totally agree. I won’t be using this option, but some folks may find value.

  • Grant January 25, 2014, 10:31 am

    Might as well just redeem MR points for statement credit if you get the same redemption rate.

  • Scottrick January 26, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Yes, it’s a great option to have. I sometimes use dollar bills when I run out of newspaper kindling for my fireplace.

  • Jason January 29, 2014, 9:23 am

    One thing that’s important to call out is that the certificate can also be used on the TOTAL car rental charge. With the other partners, the certificate is only used to deduct the “Standard Rate” but cannot be used for taxes or additional extras. For example, if your car rental is $35/day and taxes are $20 for a total of $55, then other car rental companies will only let you apply a $50 certificate to the $35 charge so you’d still owe another $20. However, Hertz will allow you to apply the $50 certificate to the FULL amount so with a $50 certificate, you’d only need to still be $5. It’s a good added value.

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