The complete guide to car rental elite status matches
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Like airline and hotel elite status, car rental elite status can make your travels more enjoyable. Most car rental elite status programs offer valuable benefits like increased point earnings, free upgrades and other money-saving perks.
That said, your car rental elite status only works with a single rental car company. So, unfortunately, you’ll be without your perks if you opt to rent with a different company.
However, there’s a workaround. Many rental car companies offer status matches to elite members of other programs. So, if you have elite status with at least one car rental loyalty program, you may be able to match your status to other programs. For example, you could match your Hertz President’s Circle status to Enterprise Platinum.
Matching your status can be a great way to test the waters with a new-to-you rental car company. So, today I’ll show you all of the ongoing car rental status match offers available. Let’s dive in!
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Enterprise: Match up to Platinum status
Enterprise recently rolled out a status match for Avis and Hertz members, matching status levels all the way up to top-tier Enterprise Plus Platinum. Higher status tiers will be eligible for higher status with Enterprise and status will be valid through Feb. 28 of the second calendar year following the status match. So if you match on Oct. 15, 2021, your status is good through Feb. 28, 2023.
To match your car rental status to Enterprise, sign up for an Enterprise Plus account. Head to the status match website, enter your information and take a photo of your Avis or Hertz statement. Upload it to the status match website and you’re done.
Enterprise status isn’t as lucrative as Hertz President’s Circle or National Executive, but it still has a handful of benefits you can use to improve your Enterprise rental experience. Platinum members get 20% bonus points and four upgrades per program year.
Hertz: Match up to President’s Circle status
Hertz President’s Circle is one of the more lucrative car rental statuses. These top-tier elites earn 50% bonus points and are guaranteed one-class upgrades at participating locations. President’s Circle members also have access to the President’s Circle lot at Hertz Ultimate Choice locations worldwide.
Currently, Avis, Enterprise and National members can status match to Hertz, with higher-tier elites being eligible for President’s Circle status. To do this, you’ll need to create a Hertz account and head to the status match website. Enter your information, provide proof of your existing status and press the “Match My Status” button. You should see your matched status shortly.
National: Match your airline, hotel or car rental status
Finally, we have National. It’s the car rental company of choice for many TPGers, in large part due to its solid Emerald Club program. Top-tier Executive Elite members can enjoy benefits like a free rental day after five qualifying rentals and upgrades in the U.S., Canada and Europe when you reserve using the midsize rate.
The interesting thing about National’s status match is that you can match status from airline programs, hotel programs and car rental loyalty programs. National lists American AAdvantage, United MileagePlus and Hilton Honors as eligible programs but notes that “more than 40” programs are eligible for status matching.
Matching your status is easy — just create a National account and fill out the status match form. Your status match is valid until Feb. 28 of the second calendar year following your approval. You have the option to extend your elite status by meeting the standard elite status requirements.
Unconfirmed: Sixt matches in the US
Sixt is a relatively new rental car company in the U.S., but it’s rapidly expanding its footprint. Sixt has three elite status tiers, with each offering bonus points, upgrades and other valuable benefits.
According to the Sixt website, you can match your existing car rental, hotel or airline elite status by emailing proof of status. The website doesn’t specify which programs are eligible, but we’d assume Sixt will match from all major travel loyalty programs.
Sixt doesn’t mention how long a status match is valid, but you should hear more on the specifics after your match is processed.
Saving on rental car insurance
Having elite status can make your rental car experience better, but you’ll still need to pay for insurance. Make sure to pay for your rental with a credit card that offers rental coverage. Two of the best examples of cards that offer primary rental coverage are the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers up to $75,000 in coverage, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred provides coverage up to the car’s cash value. This can save you some serious money, especially if you usually pay to buy a damage waiver from your rental car company of choice.
Plus, both of these cards earn bonus points on travel purchases, so you’ll earn more points the next time you rent a car.
That’s a wrap for all of the current car rental status matching opportunities. Consider utilizing one of these matches the next time you rent with a new rental car company. Doing so is the easiest way to bring your existing elite status benefits with you when you rent elsewhere.
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