Today is the final day of United Airlines’ relationship with Hertz, marking the end of a multi-year relationship. However United teases that a new car partnership is coming soon.
Hertz And United Airlines Terminate Partnership
October 31, 2021 marks the final day of the Hertz – United partnership, though Premier members who have status matched will retain that status through 2022. A reason for the termination was not provided by either side, nor is it clear what side initiated the termination or if it was mutual.
United hints that a new partnership will be announced soon:
“We continue to evaluate and update cardmember benefits and remain committed to providing rewards that add value to the travel experience – while our Hertz status benefit is ending, we’re working on adding a new, comparable car rental benefit soon.”
For now, Hertz will continue to partner with Delta Air Lines.
Last Day To Status Match
If you are a United MileagePlus elite member or co-branded credit card holder, today is the last day you can status match to receive complimentary Hertz status through December 31, 2022. The status match link is here.
Status matches are awarded on the following basis:
Hertz President’s Circle Status
- Primary Cardmembers of the United Club Card and United Presidential Plus Card
- MileagePlus members with Premier Platinum status or higher
Hertz Five Star Status
- MileagePlus Premier Silver and Premier Gold members
- Hertz Ultimate Choice available at over 50 airport locations in the US and Canada.
- Members decide what to drive as long as a midsize class vehicle or larger is booked, providing access to exclusive vehicles in the President’s Circle lot.
- Confirmed one-car-class upgrade, available at all participating locations in the U.S., Canada and select European locations. Maximum upgrade to a full-size vehicle, with a minimum reservation of a compact vehicle
- A 50% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points when you elect to earn points
- Expedited rental service
- One-car-class upgrades (subject to availability)
- Bonus points (for members who opt to receive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points rather than MileagePlus award miles)
- 25% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points
- Expedited rental service
The partnership between United Airlines and Hertz ends today. If you are are MileagePlus Premier and have not taken advantage of the ability to earn Five Star or President’s Circles status, today is your final day to request it.
(H/T: Zach Griff)
Amazing given United once owned Hertz. Back in the 80’s when the idea of “synergy” was all the rage. They owned Westin as well.
How do I know when my Hertz status will expire if I matched through United years ago?
If Hertz is in fact the parent of Thrifty and Dollar, then United does not have any car rental partners. It would be strange if Hertz leaves but let Thrifty and Dollar continue business with United. The MileagePlus program becomes more and more valuable every day.
For the same world wide coverage, the only real choice is a move to Avis which is exactly what BA did a few years back. Now, expect Hertz to be on the look out for a new airline partner on very attractive terms and it will probably be BA – it’s all a game of musical chairs.
While there isn’t much reason to keep Presidents Circle status, it’s better than Avis. I recently had Avis match my Hertz PC membership and joined their program because a rental was over $1000 cheaper in Alaska. I was shocked to see no priority line and I waited over an hour in a long line for a vehicle. Hertz also had a long line but the Gold was empty the entire time. This reason alone will keep me from renting from Avis unless the rate is a big difference.
I will never understand why people don’t sign up for Gold just for the ease of rental.
Travel advice from a guy who has never been to places, like Brazil, yet passes judgement on these places as crime infested ratholes – as if an expert. You are far from credible.
I’ve never been to a lot of places and am better for it. I’ve never have visited SE Asia because I’m not into kids, but I understand that’s why people go there.
And sorry if I see 3rd world hellholes and most of their people for what they are. As I said, you don’t see Americans illegally trying to sneak into their countries, do you?
As for what this has to do with my first hand experience with rental cars is curious to me. But certainly not the type of curiosity those who go to Thailand have to try something “different”.
When your worldview is The Villages and occasionally Nevada…those are the types of responses you get.
As a counterpoint to the negative Alaska experience, I am happy to report a positive experience renting from Avis in Chiang Mai- no queues even as a non-member. No kids were in any way involved in my visit, just amazing nature and some top-notch food.
Obviously this is because Elon Musk is now an Austin resident and considering AA’s expansion he’s got no choice but to fly them. He forced Hertz and their fleet of his cars to join him
Richest guy on earth flying commercial?!