If you’ve ever visited Europe or the USA, you may have seen Sixt’s counters at the rental car area, or perhaps even rented from them. I’ve had pretty pleasant experiences with them so far, getting a Volvo XC60 in London and an Audi A3 convertible in Miami for very good rates.
For those of you with driving holidays coming up, you may be interested to know that Sixt has a very aggressive status matching program. This allows anyone with rental car, hotel, or airline elite status to get Sixt Platinum, the program’s top tier status (technically there is a Diamond tier above this, but it’s invite only).
How to match to Sixt Platinum
Go to this page and fill out your details:
After that, you’ll be prompted to confirm your email address:
Click the confirmation email sent to your inbox, and you’ll then be able to fill in the rest of your personal data:
On the next screen, you’ll see an option for “Card upgrade”. Here’s where you select the program you have elite status with, and submit a screenshot as proof.
As mentioned, Sixt doesn’t just match other rental car companies. It also matches airline and hotel elite status including:
- Marriott Rewards
Hilton Honors(update: not there anymore)
- DISCOVERY Black
- International Associate Club
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
This isn’t an exhaustive list, so be sure to check if your program is listed in the drop down menu. If it’s not, it’s worth sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if they’re willing to match you.
Benefits of Sixt Platinum
The two main benefits I see for Sixt Platinum are:
- Free upgrade upon availability (double upgrade at US locations)
- Up to 15% off rentals
- No additional driver fees for rentals in the USA (Additional driver fees are banned in California by law, but other states may charge up to $10-13 extra per driver per day)
Don’t have elite status? Try a credit card
Status matching is a chicken and egg question for those who don’t already have it. But even if you don’t travel a lot, you may have status thanks to your credit card.
|Card||Annual Fee||Comes with…|
AMEX SIA Business Card
|S$299||Accor Live Limitless Silver (by virtue of Accor Plus membership)|
|AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend|
|AMEX Platinum Charge|
|S$1,712||Hilton Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade, Marriott Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Hertz Five Star, Avis Preferred|
|S$3,852||International Associate Club|
Some status match programs (e.g Hilton) now ask for proof of account activity in order to screen out individuals who acquire free status by virtue of a credit card and don’t actually patronize the chain. Sixt has no such requirement, so any status screenshot should pass muster.
The elite status merry-go-round
Even if you don’t intend to rent with Sixt, getting Sixt Platinum can still be useful because you can parlay it into status with another program you find more useful.
This status match opportunity has been around for a while now, so I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few people have Sixt Platinum status. That said, it never hurts to have elite status handy, and you may get lucky with the upgrade pool.
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