In travel hacking you learn something new everyday. Today I learned that Hertz Gold Rewards, a program I formerly thought was fool’s gold, is actually a gold mine. I’ve long blasted Hertz Gold Rewards because I’ve never been able to use the points: and I’ve tried at least 20 times in many different markets at many different times of year. Every time I get the dreaded “Hertz Gold Rewards are not accepted at this location” error message at the last screen.
As is often the case, the jackpot is in the fine print. Check out the transfer ratios for Hertz Gold Rewards to other loyalty programs:
That’s right. For some reason the points gods have assigned Southwest points over twice the value of other miles when transferring from Hertz Gold Rewards. Considering they all transfer from fixed rewards programs at the same rate I consider this manna from rewards heaven. Especially since it’s basically free points as Hertz Rewards were previously almost worthless to me.
Unfortunately, there’s a devil in the details: transfers are not instant. Hertz’s site says they take up to 8 weeks. I did one today and will keep you posted as to when they actually post. You also can only transfer in increments of 600. However, as long as you have any activity in your Hertz account once every two years the points don’t expire so they can sit until you have enough to transfer.
Hertz regularly sends out “we miss you: here’s 500 points if you rent one day” mailers that I’ve been throwing away. I’ll be paying a bit more attention to the next one.
Have you transferred from Hertz to an airline? How long did the points/miles take to post? Please share your results in the comments.
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