Hertz Allows Members to Share Gold Plus Elite Status with a Friend Hertz Allows Members to Share Gold Plus Elite Status with a Friend

Hertz Allows Members to Share Gold Plus Elite Status with a Friend

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Back again from the last two years, Hertz members can share their Gold Plus elite status with others via a promotion running until December 31, 2022. Hertz status can offer a range of perks, and now you can share these with one other person. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of the offer — if you're a fan of Hertz.

How to share Hertz Gold Plus Elite Status with Others

  • Go to https://pub.emails.hertz.com/GiftStatus2022. If the link isn't working (as it doesn't for me), check your emails to see if you received this promotion directly.
  • Fill in the information for yourself and your friend.
  • When you click submit, you will get a confirmation page that your status will be shared shortly.
  • The status will be available for your recipient until December 31, 2023.

Hertz Allows Members to Gift Status to Friends & Family Until June 2022

Key terms:

  • Offer only available for Hertz members with Five Star or President's Circle status. Not available to those with Gold status.
  • Members can share their same status level with one other person.
  • You must give your status before December 31, 2022.
  • The shared status will end on December 31, 2023, then that person must achieve status independently.
  • Completion of the whole process can take up to 3 business days.

What does Hertz Status Get You?

Hertz has three tiers to its Gold Plus membership program, and members at the lowest tier cannot share their status during this promotion. Here's a refresher on the various status levels and their benefits with Hertz.

Gold Status

You automatically get Gold status when you sign up. Gold status gives you:

  • Earn 1 point per $1
  • Free additional driver
  • Skip the counter at pick up and return
  • A basic selection of cars
  • No blackout rewards
  • Earnings with other brands
  • Using your points for returns, online auctions, and rewards — including Dream Car® rentals

Five Star Status

After 12 rentals or $2,400 in spending, you will move up to Five Star elite status, which comes with the following benefits (in addition to Gold status benefits):

  • Upgrades as available
  • 25% bonus points
  • A wider selection of cars
  • Option to transfer points to select travel partners

President's Circle Status

After 20 rentals or $4,000 in qualifying spending, you will move up to President's Circle status which comes with the following benefits (in addition to Five Star status benefits):

  • Guaranteed upgrades (still dependent on availability)
  • 50% bonus points
  • Widest selection of cars
  • A dedicated call center line

How to Get Hertz Gold Plus Status–or Higher

Some airline and hotel rewards programs grant elite members Hertz Five Star or President's Circle status.

IHG One Rewards

Top-tier IHG Diamond Elite members can enroll to receive Hertz Five Star elite status.

Delta Medallion

Delta SkyMiles Gold Medallion and higher elite members are eligible for Hertz Gold Plus elite status via status match at the following levels:

  • Five Star: Gold Medallion
  • President's Circle: Platinum Medallion or Diamond Medallion

Have the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

Cardholders of the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card card get Hertz President's Circle status as an ongoing benefit of the card. This would enable you to share your Hertz status with others during the promotion. Not only that, but since you can add four (4) free, authorized users to the Capital One Venture X, they could get this same status and then also share that status through the promotion.

American Express Platinum Cards

Currently, cardmembers of The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, and The American Express Corporate Platinum Card® can enroll to upgrade directly to Hertz President's Circle status.

Status Match Opportunities

We have an entire article dedicated to this: you can get free rental car elite status with numerous programs via status match. The gist is this: if you can manage to get status with one program–via a credit card that you have, an airline status, a promotion, etc.–then you can match that to status with other programs. Theoretically, you could match into the Hertz Gold Plus program and then share your status with someone else during this promotion.

Our Take

I'm well aware that Hertz doesn't have the best reputation by now, and some members are steering clear of them.

On the other hand, Hertz completes around 25 million car rentals each year, which means plenty of people could still benefit from elite status. I'm on the side of looking at rational statistics. Compared to how many people rent from Hertz each year, the number of people who have run into difficulties seems to be the vast minority.

I'm not the biggest fan of how expensive the rental cars have gotten or how small the selection can be. But my experiences with Hertz have been fine — including a great week in Argentina recently with a Hertz rental that went off without a hitch.

If you've already attained Five Star or President's Circle elite status with Hertz, then this is a great way to share the benefits with a friend or a family member. There's nothing to lose in sharing your elite status with a friend — if you can get the link to work or find the email.

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  • I am a Hertz elite member and I am so glad to hear this.

  • After receiving a hate-gram from Hertz telling me that I never returned a car that I never picked up. I have President’s Circle and I switched cars upon my arrival. Got a hate-gram telling me I never returned the original car (that I never rented) and threatened legal action. After reading so many blogs about similar behavior (and some people being arrested in cars reported “stolen”), I think I’ll steer clear.

  • Sounds like a great opportunity to share my Five Star status with friends during christmas season 🙂

  • Great I can share my status with my parents who are going to Hawaii soon.

  • If you believe that this company will survive bankruptcy, then by all means share the status.

  • Crazy how high rental car prices are these days. Give it a look- They’re really taking advantage of it!

  • I’m rather impressed that companies are now giving elite status away … I couldn’t get them to credit missing rentals to earn status but now they’re letting elites give other elites status. What a crazy year it’s been!

  • angelo fonseca says:

    a nice christmas gift

  • Well, it appears I just lost my elite status, which I had a few days ago when I contacted Hertz about my expiring points. And that’s the real problem. Gifting elite status is meaningless compared to my upcoming loss of all my points, which I gather is a problem for many people. We cannot travel due to covid and unlike the airlines and hotels, Hertz offers no way to earn points that keep your existing points from expiring, other than a car rental. No rental offices within 30 minute drive, and even that far away office only had expensive ($70) rental available. I had planned to just transfer my points to an airline but discovered too late that Hertz had eliminated that option. I’ve called and emailed, to no avail. I get that Hertz is in bankruptcy, but this refusal to extent point expiration is a great way to lose your previously loyal customers. Sorry for the rant.

    • What a pity, car rental companies are so mean in comparison with airlines and hotels in response to this crisis.

    • Check back with them. They’ve just announced that points will be extended until December 31, 2021. I’m publishing a post about that ASAP. Hopefully they can resolve that for you.

  • I guess the most valuable benefits are the bonus points and free CLEAR trial? Upgrades are always hit or miss…

  • tryed it, the website said error?

    • Make sure you’re logged in. I was getting the same errors when we tested this ahead of publishing. No matter how many times I verified my Hertz Gold number was correct, I would get an error. Then, I logged into my Hertz account and reloaded this page. Worked like a charm.

  • I have never found much benefit in elite status with rental car companies. I travel with very little luggage so I don’t need a larger car. An upgrade just means more gas consumption and more money to fill the tank at the end. I guess the bonus points gets me free days faster, but I’m not sure it’s worth it.

  • I think the only reason Hertz is feeling especially generous is because they’re fighting bankruptcy…