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Amex Platinum cardholders can now register for Hertz President's Circle status

Nov. 04, 2022
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Amex Platinum cardholders can now register for Hertz President's Circle status
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Editor's Note

This story has been updated to clarify National Car Rental benefits for cardholders.

American Express Premium cardholders looking for free top-tier elite rental car status look no further, thanks to the newly expanded Amex-Hertz Gold Plus Rewards partnership.

Effective immediately, The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express cardholders and authorized users automatically qualify for Hertz President's Circle status, the highest status tier of the rental car program. Previously, American Express Platinum cardholders got some of the benefits of Hertz's mid-tier Five Star status when booking with their cards, but not top-tier status benefits.

Users can register via their American Express account online to start reaping the rewards, including a 50% Gold Plus Rewards points-earning bonus and the ability to skip the counter and head straight to pick out your car at U.S. rental locations.

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Those with the personal or business version of the Platinum cards can access registration by logging into your Amex account and then clicking through the same link from your Benefits page, under "Enroll with Hertz."

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Post-registration, you should see your status updated within 24 to 72 hours.

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As TPG has previously reported, renting cars has been the only avenue to earn Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points, specifically one point per dollar spent on rentals.

However, thanks to this tie-up, Premium Amex users have an expedited avenue to Hertz elite status, eliminating the requirement to complete 15 Hertz rentals or spend $3,000 on rental cars in a single calendar year.

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In addition to the aforementioned 50% bonus earning opportunity, President's Circle members get guaranteed one-class car upgrades based on car fleet, access to a wider range of cars in Ultimate Choice lots and a dedicated customer service phone number for automatic access, among other perks.

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Other credit cards that offer complimentary Hertz status

As a reminder, Hertz maintains partnerships with other credit cards to offer users elite status.

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card cardholders, authorized users and account managers who are at least 21 years old are eligible for free President’s Circle status, which you can register for here.

Cardholders with the cheaper Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card qualify for complimentary mid-tier Five Star status. This is usually earned by completing 10 Hertz rentals or meeting a $2,000 minimum spending threshold on rental cars in a calendar year. The registration link is here.

Lastly, Delta elite status holders may qualify for a free status match to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status, specifically Five Star status for Medallion Gold members and President’s Circle status for Platinum and Diamond members, which you can sign up for here.

Bottom line

Although this tie-up is specifically targeted at Amex's top two premium credit cards, other credit cards can also fast-track you to top-tier Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status.

If you do have one of both of these Amex cards, make sure that you're signed up for Avis Preferred Plus and National Emerald Club Executive status too.

Apply now: New Business Platinum cardholders who apply through our official TPG application link can take advantage of a welcome offer of 150,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership.

Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more