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Hertz is emailing out a targeted promotion that’s offering a $50 discount on hotel bookings when renting a midsize or larger car for 3+ days. The hotel discount isn’t very flexible, but might be worth exploring for some as it can provide larger discounts than just the $50.
- Earn a $50 hotel gift card when you rent a midsize car or larger with Hertz for 3+ days.
- Direct link to offer.
- Offer valid when you rent an intermediate car class or larger for at least three (3) days.
- Offer may not be used with other discounts, promotions, or special rates.
- Only customers who receive an email from Hertz+ Hotels with the promotional offer will be eligible to receive the hotel credit.
- Reward is defined as one (1) $50 Hotel Reward Credit to be used on www.HertzPlusHotels.com.
- A Credit Card is required to redeem reward.
- Reward Credit Codes expire after 11:59 p.m. PT on 4/30/19.
- Reward is subject to change and while supplies last.
- Must be 18+.
- Reward must be redeemed in one (1) transaction and no credit or refund will be provided for any unused portion of the Reward.
- Promotion valid in the United States, excluding territories and possessions.
- Limit one (1) Reward per Customer name, per Customer email address, and per Customer household.
- Reward cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts and cannot be used towards gift card purchases.
The first thing to note is that this isn’t a $50 Hotels.com gift card. Instead, it’s a $50 discount on a hotel reservation made at Hertz Plus Hotels.
Hertz Plus Hotels appears to be a white labeled version of the Travel Savings Card hotel booking system. When exploring Travel Savings Card earlier this year, I found that there were some instances where value could be gained when booking hotels using one of their gift cards.
This offer has a few downsides. First of all, you’re limited to one $50 discount, so you can’t stack multiple $50 codes. Secondly, the credit code expires at the end of April next year. A third factor to consider is that I’m assuming you won’t earn Hertz points or airline miles when choosing this rate.
That said, there’s the potential for this discount to save you money, especially if you don’t care about status benefits, elite night credits, points, etc. I’m in the Chicago area at the moment and recently stayed at the Kimpton: The Gray hotel. If booking the cheapest room there for tonight, the cost directly with IHG would be $226.62:
By comparison, the demo site for Hertz Plus Hotels lists the price as $183 after the $50 discount has been subtracted.
That’s not bad, but it gets even better. When clicking on the ‘Select Room’ button, it expands with several other rates. The cheapest of those comes to a total of $147.47 with tax.
That’s a saving of 35% compared to the rate when booking directly with IHG. It means you wouldn’t receive any elite benefits (like the $10 Raid The Bar credit) or points, but saving more than $80 would likely be worth it. Especially if you ended up getting a $30 food & beverage credit from using their secret password when checking in, not to mention their 5-6pm social hour with free wine.
As you might note from the screenshot above, this cheaper rate would only use up $22 of your $50 hotel credit. That’d therefore leave you with $28 towards a future reservation. Edit: As Colin pointed out in the comments below, the terms state that any leftover amount isn’t carried over.
This deal isn’t for everybody, if for no other reason than it’s a targeted offer. If you are targeted though and have a need for a one night hotel stay before April 2019, this might help snag you a good deal.