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United Airlines and Hertz announced today that they’ll be launching an exclusive partnership beginning November 1, 2014, where United MileagePlus members can receive exclusive perks when renting with Hertz, including the ability to earn complimentary elite status.

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United and Hertz are launching an exclusive partnership.

With this new partnership, MileagePlus members can earn the following bonus miles with each Hertz rental:

  • 1,250 miles – MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members;
  • 1,000 miles – MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members
  • 750 miles – Primary cardmembers of MileagePlus credit cards from Chase
  • 500 miles – MileagePlus general members.
New Hertz earning structure for United MileagePlus members.
New Hertz earning structure for United MileagePlus members.

Additionally, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members, and primary MileagePlus Club and Presidential Plus Card members can sign up for complimentary Hertz President’s Circle status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, with benefits that include:

  • Confirmed availability of standard-equipment economy through full-size, four-door vehicles in the United States and Canada, with a minimum 48-hour advance reservation; and
  • Confirmed one-car-class upgrade availability at all participating locations in the United States and Canada and select European locations.

MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members can sign up for complimentary Hertz Five Star status, which includes one-car-class upgrades based on availability.

My Thoughts:

United currently has an exclusive hotel partnership with Marriott known as RewardsPlus, where MileagePlus Premier members can receive elite status with Marriott and Marriott Rewards members receive Premier Silver status. It’s interesting that this new partnership with Hertz seems to be one-sided, since current Hertz President’s Circle and Hertz Five Star members don’t receive any additional benefits with United.

I think the best benefit of this new partnership is that United Global Services, 1K and Premier Platinum members receive the highest tier elite status Hertz offers (Hertz President’s Circle), since this normally requires 20 rentals or over $4,000 in annual. Perks of this status include confirmed availability during sold-out times, confirmed one-car class upgrades and bonus Gold Plus Rewards Points.

United℠ Explorer Card

The United Explorer card recently got some enhancements like 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on hotel stays and a Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit (up to $100). The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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More Things to Know
  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre&#10003® Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $120 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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