Do Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Expire?

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Yes, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points expire if you have no earning or redeeming activity on a rental for a period of 18 months. Per the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards FAQs page:

Points do not expire if you have a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® rental activity in the prior 18 months.

However, if you have elite status with Hertz, your elite status and points expiration have been extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hertz extended President’s Circle and Five Star elite status through January 31, 2022. Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points expiration for elite members has been extended to December 31, 2021.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points expire after 18 months of inactivity

What Counts as Activity

Some companies are generous with what counts as activity in terms of earning and redeeming. Hertz is less so. Per the FAQs page:

Activity means a Gold Plus Rewards® point was either earned or redeemed on a rental. A Gold Plus Rewards point may only be earned or redeemed on a completed rental. Making a reservation or points transfer to a partner company does not count as rental activity.

Keeping Your Hertz Gold Plus Points Alive

Earning Hertz Gold Points

When renting a car from Hertz, you earn 1 Hertz Gold Plus point per qualifying dollar on rental prices as well as additional charges including:

  • Car seat charges
  • Insurance options
  • Additional mileage charges
  • Gas
  • SiriusXM

Redeeming Hertz Gold Points

Redeeming your Hertz points for car rentals is a straightforward process, and Hertz even publishes a “How to” page on redeeming your points. One thing to note is that Hertz has a two-tier pricing policy on its award charts.

  • Standard Rewards is the standard price; however, bookings do feature blackout dates.
  • Any Day Rewards- Feature no blackout dates. This flexibility comes at a premium, with prices double the standard rewards rate.

Other Option To Prevent Your Hertz Gold Plus Points From Expiring

If you do not have elite status with Hertz, you have the option of leveraging your credit card to obtain status with Hertz. In addition to giving you all the benefits and perks of elite status, it will also extend the lifespan of your points through December 31, 2021 — thanks to the COVID relief mentioned above. Holders of a Visa Infinite card based in Europe can leverage their card to obtain Five Star status with Hertz.

Also, Delta Medallion, United Premier, and IHG Rewards elites can also get Hertz elite status — which will, in turn, extend the expiration of your points during the pandemic.

You can check out our detailed post on obtaining elite status with car rental companies.

Our Take

The Hertz program is one of the most popular out there. Even though the company had some troubles in 2020 filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy, it's seeing as high of demand as ever. With an 18-month expiration policy, and the option to leverage other statuses for elite status with Hertz, there should be no excuse for letting your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points expire in 2021 and beyond.

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  • Javier Alonso says:

    Thanks for the information, so can I redeem my elite status points until January 2022?

    • JT Genter says:

      Yes, you should be able to redeem your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points anytime between now and January 2022 – or generate activity to extend the expiration date.

  • Emily Davidson says:

    I wish Hertz had an awardwallet point thing like American does.

  • In the past, we have transferred soon to expire Hertz points to Southwest. It successfully counted as an activity to reset the clock.

  • It is nice that the EU members also have options to extend the expiration dates.

  • I rent cars so infrequently that the one Hertz rental I did have was auto-credited to Accor ALL.. which then auto-transferred to Iberia.. which then was combined into British Airways. Sounds silly, but more useful to me than having orphan Hertz points that probably would have expired.

  • JamieTurner says:

    Hertz has been my go to company for years, but since the pandemic, customer service has been very disappointing. Hope they get their act together soon.

  • I don’t have elite status and had some points expire. Called up customer service and they reinstated my miles with a 6 months extension because of the pandemic. Never hurts to ask.

    • Hi Stan, how did you get them to reinstate your points? I asked and they said no. I have 7000 points that expired without any notice at all. Customer service is not supportive of this.

  • It’d be awesome if AwardWallet could track the expiration date for Hertz points. Any chance of this in future?

    • Yes, we will do our best to implement this in the future. The best scenario would be if the expiration date was shown on the Hertz website. But now you can set the expiration date manually or mark that your points don’t expire.

  • I rent from Herz quite often so I have elite status. However I guess I also could have received status through one of t credit cards. I’m going to have to look up how to do that because it seems that it’s not automatic or obvious.

  • Thanks. Curious as to why AW told me today that despite being Presidents Circle my points expire in a months time.

    Is that correct or is this article?

    I am bit confused as I pay and to be honest rely upon AW.

    • JT Genter says:

      Hertz announced in January 2021 that all points for elite members will be extended through January 31, 2022. However, it doesn’t look like they’ve implemented this in their system.