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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.
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
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.
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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