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Yes, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points will expire if you have no rental or redemption activity on your account in 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.”
What Counts as Activity
Hertz has a narrow definition of what counts as activity towards keeping your points alive. Again 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.”
While other programs allow a wide range of activities like points transfers and credit card spending to count as activity. However, Hertz is more restrictive and expressly excludes points transferred to partner companies.
“Making a reservation or points transfer to a partner company does not count as rental activity.”
Keeping Your Hertz Gold Plus Points Alive
If you have Hertz Gold points that are about to expire, your options are very limited. In a nutshell, you can only do one of three things:
- Earn points on a completed rental to reset your expiration clock. You earn 1 point per dollar for rental fees as well as:
- Car seat charges
- Insurance options
- Additional mileage charges
- Redeem some points for a completed rental. This will reset the clock but you must redeem points before the points expire.
- Transfer your points to one of Hertz's airline partners. However, this should generally be avoided due to the poor ratio if your choices are wasting your point on a fruitless rental or having them expire. Then this is the least bad option!
One thing to keep in mind is that you don't need to ever find yourself in a bind with Hertz's points about to expire. You can use AwardWallet to track your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points. So you should have ample warning and be able to take action to prevent your points from expiring.
Redeeming Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points
Hertz has a two-tier award pricing. You can redeem your Hertz Gold Rewards points in any of the two following ways:
- Standard Rewards is the standard price. However, bookings do feature blackout dates.
- Any Day Rewards have no blackout dates. This flexibility comes at a premium, with prices double the standard rewards rate.
Keep in mind the pricing differential is huge. After a Hertz Gold Rewards award chart devaluation, a 1 day-free rental standard reward starts at 950 points. However, the same Any Day Rewards will cost you a whopping 1,900 points. So, you are best served to avoid Any Day Rewards bookings!
Boosting your Hertz Status
While being a program member is great news, having elite status is even better and gives a ton of additional perks. Fortunately, you can receive complimentary Hertz Gold Rewards elite status from various travel rewards credit cards as well as other loyalty programs.
If you hold Delta Medallion, United Premier, or IHG Diamond, you will be able to leverage your status for Hertz Five Star status. Plus, cardholders of several premium cards can enroll to get Hertz President's Circle status.
On one hand, 18 months is not the most generous expiration policy out there. However, you can extend the expiration of your Hertz Gold Rewards points with qualifying activity. Just make sure to plan ahead as you have limited options for extending the validity of your Hertz points at the last minute.
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