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United already had extended the united.com Hertz 1,500 mile booking bonus to January 31, 2018. Now the great targeted rental offers are going out that are sweeter.
Check your email for sender “MileagePlus Partner” with a subject along the lines of “Limited time offer: Earn up to 5,500 miles per car rental and save up to 40% on base rates.” Also good to January 31, 2018
These targeted offers most likely to go to those with United elite status or United credit cardholders. Miles differ based on your status and offer. No registration required.
Triple Dipping – Here’s How it Works:
1. 500-1,250 base miles for a Hertz rental.
You earn these miles on eligible rentals regardless of booking through United or not.
You must opt in with Hertz to earn United miles and generally will be charged a $0.75 per day frequent flyer fee on your rental.
You do not need to have a targeted offer.
You do not need to use the United CDP. Other CDP discount codes such as corporate rates earn miles, too.
If you book through united.com you can get a 1,500 booking bonus. Rental must be mid-size or larger.
You do not need to have a targeted offer. Anyone can book through united.com and earn this bonus.
Booking this way uses the United CDP which may be competitive or not. Comparison shop.
The united.com search only supports major airports as pick-up and drop off locations. I have had minimal success booking here, then on the Hertz site or by calling Hertz changing either/both the pick-up and drop-off to nearby neighborhood locations.
If you received the email offer, you will get 3,000 miles on top of the above.
You do not need to use the United CDP to earn the bonus.
Let me repeat that: you do not need to use the United CDP to earn the bonus.
You can book any competitive, eligible rate for any participating Hertz location including neighborhood locations, and still earn the 3,000 miles on top of base earnings.
Here’s how it looks on two of my rentals as a United Gold, one booked United.com for airport and one booked direct wiith Hertz for neighborhood. Excuse the MileagePlus Dining activity in there.
We don’t have a car yet in Seattle and I have been renting a lot. Admittedly, I don’t always have a great justification to rent and still do. Now that United MileagePlus has gone revenue-based earn for flights, this is my main source of United miles, my most valued airline miles currency.
Miles not posting? Be patient. The various bonuses post at different times. Your base miles should post within a few days of rental. Your United elite/card bonus, the united.com bonus, and the targeted bonus will appear in batches at different times over a couple weeks. United backdates activity to the date of rental, regardless of when they post the miles, so it is easy to track things in the end.
Missing miles? Contacting United for help on missing miles goes nowhere. Appealing to Hertz can be a tough fight. I have had most success on the contact form, not then missing miles for, because the missing miles form does not have a comment field to explain, say, if you earn based miles but not the other bonuses. Over 30+ Hertz rentals this year I have only had two where the miles did not post properly. Both were resolved in my favor.
Back to back rentals? Yes, if you return a car and pick up a new one at the same location, each rental earns miles. This sounds fun until you realize the amount of time involved.
Multiple same-day rentals at the same location? I have not personally tried this. From reports, this does not work.
Multiple same-day rentals at different locations? Also have not tried this, though reports that it may work. Hertz does include in its terms that they may audit and claw back on irregular activity, though I do not know what triggers a review.