United MileagePlus members who rent cars from Hertz will soon find their frequent flyer mileage increasing at a more rapid rate than they are used to, due to an expanded partnership between the airline and the car rental company.
Starting November 1, Hertz, along with its subsidiaries Dollar and Thrifty, will be the exclusive car rental partner of United Airlines. After that date, members of MileagePlus, United’s frequent flyer program, will be eligible to earn up to 1,250 bonus miles when they rent a car from Hertz.
Bonuses are based on the membership level of the MileagePlus customer, with the highest number of bonus miles given to MileagePlus elite members. To qualify for elite status, members must meet a minimum spending requirement and fly a certain number of times per year on United and its partner airlines. United MileagePlus credit card holders are able to qualify for elite status faster by spending qualifying amounts on their cards.
Up to 1,250 miles for top-level elite members
With the new, expanded partnership, United MileagePlus members will earn the following amount of bonus miles for Hertz car rentals:
- 1,250 miles for Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members
- 1,000 miles for Premier Gold and Premier Silver members
- 750 miles for primary cardholders with a MileagePlus card from Chase
- 500 miles for general members
MileagePlus members who rent a Hertz car online through United.com will get discounts and earn rewards as well.
The increased rewards are for Hertz rentals only; United MileagePlus members who rent cars from Thrifty and Dollar will earn the same rewards as before—50 miles a day if they rent a car for anywhere from one to four days, and 500 total miles for any rental period five days or longer.
Members who pick up Hertz rental cars after Nov. 1 will earn the increased miles, even if they reserved the rental before Nov. 1.
Hertz Presidents Circle
Starting in January 2015, elite United MileagePlus members will be able to sign up for membership in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program. Global Service, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members are eligible for the free perk, which includes benefits such as:
- Guaranteed availability of vehicles with a minimum advance reservation of 48 hours
- Free car rental upgrades throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe
- Free Hertz Five Star status
MileagePlus members get priority check-in, boarding, and baggage handling, premium seating, and the opportunity to earn frequent flyer miles with every flight.