Last month, we reported on a promotion launched between SAS and Hertz that was awarding 5K SAS miles per Hertz rental. It was short lived — not long after, the terms were changed to require at minimum a 3-day rental (in the US) in order to earn the bonus. However, there is a new targeted promotion out with United and Hertz that has been sent via email. It targets some members to earn more than 5,000 United Mileage Plus miles per rental. Read on for a reminder of the current promotion open to all (whereby you can earn up to 2,750 miles per rental) and the targeted promo awarding more than double that number for some members.
Current Hertz Promotion open to all United MileagePlus Members
- Up to 2,750 United MileagePlus miles per rental of a mid-size or larger vehicle (base miles as shown below + 1,500 bonus for a mid-size or larger vehicle)
- Use CDP 62455 and PC# 305023
- Direct link to promotion
- Must rent mid-size or larger for bonus miles
- Expires September 30, 2017
- Book through united.com
United has long had a decent promotion running with Hertz that has been renewed a number of times. Currently (and often in years past), members can receive up to 2,750 miles per rental — which has been good enough to be my go-to choice for 1-day rentals. I generally prefer to rent from National due to my Executive Status there (courtesy of my Business Platinum card). I really enjoy being able to pick from any of the cars in the executive aisle. However, for a short rental that costs me $20-$50, I usually opt for the Hertz promo because the return in miles is hard to ignore.
As shown above, the current offer that is open to all MileagePlus members is set to expire September 30th, 2017. If you book a mid-size or larger car with Hertz through United (using CDP 62455 and PC# 305023), you will earn 1,500 bonus miles in addition to those you normally earn based on your status (elite/cardholder/none of the above). See this chart to determine the normal earning rates before the 1,500 mile bonus:
As you can see, United flyers with Premium Platinum status and higher can earn 1,250 miles on every Hertz rental — added together with the 1,500 mile bonus for mid-size or larger cars through September 30th, that’s 2,750 miles per rental. Chase MileagePlus primary cardmembers earn a total of 2,250 miles through that promotion even if they have no elite status with United. That can be pretty good on a cheap 1-day rental if you find one.
Targeted Offer for 5K+ miles
- Same promotion as above plus an extra 3,000 bonus miles on every car you rent
- Expires September 9, 2017 (a couple weeks before the first promo)
- Non-transferable (you must be targeted
- CDP and PC# are the same as above (CDP 62455, PC# 305023)
Some members have been targeted for offers granting quite a few more miles. As pictured above, I was targeted and can earn 750 award miles per rental (based on my status as a MileagePlus Explorer card holder), a 1,500 mile bonus every time I book a mid-size or larger vehicle through united.com and an additional 3,000 miles with every car I rent through September 9th, 2017. That’s 5,250 miles per rental if I choose a mid-size or larger vehicle.
According to our Reasonable Redemption Values, United MileagePlus miles are worth 1.4 cents each (though you can of course get more value out of the right redemption). That makes my offer worth about $73.50 per rental (more or less depending on your valuation of United miles). If you have a need for a 1-day (or maybe a cheap 2-day) rental, this can come out a near wash if not better. If you have elite status with United, your base earnings could be up to 500 miles more, for a total of 5,750 miles per rental. That’s excellent.
The terms clearly state that this offer is not transferable. You must be targeted to receive the offer, and the total number of miles you receive will vary depending on your elite status with United and/or card holder status. The subject line of the email I received said: