Earn Delta MQMs with Hertz Airport Rentals Until November 30, 2012

by on October 15, 2012 · 15 comments

in Car Rental Bonuses, Delta, Elite Status, Hertz

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Elite qualifying miles are generally pretty hard to get- you usually get them by flying on paid fares or by spending a lot on credit cards. Once in a while there will be an odd hotel promotion, but never have I seen a car rental promotion offering airline elite miles.

Leave it to Delta to be the first to offer 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles On rentals of 3 or more days booked and completed before November 30, 2012. You also earn an additional 250 bonus miles on Delta in addition to the usual 100 miles they earn per rental day (200 per day for Medallions), and up to 40% off with their discount code (though others may save you more money).

To book this offer and earn the bonuses you need to include PC# 175512 when making your booking. Delta’s “discount” code CDP#16538, though you only need to use that to earn the discount- you can still earn the MQMs even if you use a different CDP.

This offer is valid on any vehicle with a completed rental of 3 days or more at a participating airport location in the US, Canada, Mexico or Puerto Rico.

Before you take advantage of this offer, make sure you’ve entered your Delta SkyMiles info into your Hertz #1 Club profile and use the CDP and PC codes when booking.

To take an example, on a three-day rental from LAX next weekend, I could get an economy class car for $24.21 per day plus taxes (with the 40% discount figured in), for a total of just around $100. With that rental, since I’m a Medallion, I’d be earning 200 miles per day, plus the two bonuses for a total of 850 bonus miles and 250 MQM’s instead of just the usual 600 miles I’d earn.

I already like getting mileage bonuses on my car rentals, like I did with American miles renting from Avis this summer, and while this bonus isn’t as big and the time frame is limited, it does have the added value of including elite-qualifying miles. Depending on how close you will be towards hitting elite status, this could potentially save you from having to do a mileage run. Remember, Delta also lets you rollover MQMs, so even if you’ve achieved status, you can roll these MQMs over so you start 2013 with a head start.

The most lucrative way to bank a bunch of MQMs in a short amount of time is with the Delta Reserve card, which gives you 10,000 MQM’s with your first purchase and up to 30,000 more with $30,000 and $60,000 spend thresholds.

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  • Steve

    The fine port of the email says the reservation must have both codes.

  • thepointsguy

    They always say that but in practicality it’s not the case

  • Alltrina

    I just got this email too. Do you know if you can earn the 250 mqms on more than one rental? I rent a car every week and I could use an extra 250 mqms every week!

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- can be earned on multiple 3 day rentals until nov 30

  • Michael

    Awesome. Was worried about losing my corporate CDP.

  • Imbatman1980

    Good to know.
    Unfortunately, the only rental I’ve got coming up is a ton cheaper w enterprise (plus I get 10x US Air miles at enterprise w US Air card), so I won’t be taking advantage of this one.

  • Mark

    I priced a rental at BNA with this deal & Hertz was $80 more than Thrifty (through I don’t think the 250 MQMS + RDMs are worth $80 unless maybe you needed the MQMs to reach a medallion level.

  • Ejk0366

    Thanks for the heads up on this! I booked a car today.

  • Jon Miller Time

    this isnt as good as the one through the Delta website. I just earned 3,700 bonus skymiles for a 8 day rental

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  • thepointsguy

    This promo is different in that you get elite qualifying miles- the 3,700 you got were just regular Skymiles (still a great bonus but won’t help with medallion status)

  • Chris B.

    I tried to use the PC with the USAA CDP code (not Delta’s), and I received the following:

    “The Promotion Coupon youve selected – {0} is not available for this rental either because that location isnt participating or some requirement for the offer hasnt been met. We have removed the Promotion Coupon from your request to provide you with the best rate. There may be other offers in the Special offer section which do apply, so you could check there for an alternative. [DRX141]“

  • Jon Miller Time

    3,700 SMs is wayyyyyyyyyy better than 250 MQMs.
    3,700 SMs is 15% of the way to a domestic coach reward ticket while 250 MQMs is only 1% of the way toward Silver Medallion Status.

    Since Hertz is still $50-120 more per week than many of its competitors even after the 40% off, the math looks like the 3,700 is the only reward of the two that is worth the $50-100 extra bucks for renting with them.

  • Guest

    You should shop around on the price of the rental, it may not be worth it. I have a trip to IAD next week for 3 days. Price it out with Hertz using this deal, it was $400. Went to Avis instead, and it was $120 cheaper. There is no way 250 MQM are worth $120. I booked with Avis, and got the promo for “regular” skymiles.

  • Jon Miller Time

    Tip: I usually find the best car rental prices on Orbitz. Pretty much anywhere I go in the US I can find a Nissan Altima type brand new car for $25-29 a day after tax. I rent around 7-12 times a year for 6-12 days at a time.
    Where else do you guys find the best rates so I can compare in the future?

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