I got a tip off from a reader that Hertz has actually been offering free upgrades to Hertz President’s Circle for World Elite and World Mastercard members all this while. I’m not sure how this slipped under the radar for so long, because the promotion period started all the way back on 1 July 2017 (and ends 30 September 2017).
President’s Circle is the highest published tier of Hertz’s loyalty program. Note that I say “published”, because there exists a further invite-only program known as Hertz Platinum that has benefits above and beyond those of President’s Circle.
That said, President’s Circle membership is not insignificant either. It normally requires that either renting 20 times or more or spending US$4,000 with Hertz in a 12 month period. Key benefits of this tier include
- Guaranteed vehicle availability
- Guaranteed one-car-class upgrades with every rental
- 25% bonus points on all Hertz or Hertz 24/7 rentals
- 900 points after every 10 qualifying rentals, the equivalent of a Reward Rental Day
If you want to read more about people’s experience renting cars as a Hertz President’s Circle member, check out these threads here and here. As you’d expect, there are great stories and not so great stories- some people get upgraded for free to really, really nice cars and others get nothing more than what they booked. Your experience will definitely vary, depending on which station you rent from, the inventory situation at the time and how nice the guy behind the counter is.
My general experience is that Hertz prices tend to be more expensive than competing car rental companies, but I’m sure that varies depending where you go. It never hurts to have elite status handy, and if nothing else it will allow you to cut the queues at the counter.
Moreover, because most car rentals do not require pre-payment, there’s nothing to stop you from booking a car with Hertz and making a safety booking with another company. If Hertz upgrades you to a super vehicle, just cancel your safety. If Hertz pulls up a 30,000 mile Toyota Corolla, walk away.
Do I have a World Mastercard?
It is ridiculously easy to get a World Mastercard in Singapore, and you don’t need a high income to get one. Here’s a listing of World Mastercards in Singapore and their income requirements
- Citibank Rewards Mastercard ($30K)
- Manhattan World Mastercard ($30K)
- UOB PRVI Miles World Mastercard ($50K- the card doesn’t have World Mastercard printed on it but a check of the BIN confirms it’s a World tier card)
- DBS Woman’s World Mastercard ($80K)
- Maybank World Mastercard ($80K)
- CIMB World Mastercard ($120K)
When you first sign up for this offer, you’ll fill in your personal details and get a standard Hertz base tier membership. As per the T&C, you’ll need to wait 14 days for the upgrade to reflect in your account.[HT: Ziyang]